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Hiking From Glacier Point Road to Ostrander Lake

Our destination was icy Ostrander Lake, full of beautiful reflections and bordered by a snowy, rocky ledge. But we had to work for it, hiking through burned areas and up the trail through open granite in the heat. It was so worth it! Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 12.83 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 6,998′ – 8,612′ Date: ...

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Sierra Foothill Musicians Concert Includes Returning Grads

OAKHURST — Music lovers will want to know there’s a free classical concert featuring local musicians, sponsored by the Sierra Foothill Composers’ Co-operative, and this particular program is enhanced by the inclusion of five Yosemite High School (YHS) graduates who will return to take the stage. The Sierra Foothill Musicians concert will be presented at 2 p.m. on June 30 ...

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Tioga Road In Yosemite Opens With Limited Access

YOSEMITE — For visitors interested in crossing the Sierra, just in time for the official start of summer, Yosemite National Park announces limited access to Tioga Road (Highway 120 East). Tioga Road will be open to all vehicles, including bicycles, beginning on Friday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. No parking ...

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Welcoming Summer On Solstice, Longest Day Of The Year

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE — Here we go! This is your cue to start celebrating. Summer officially kicks off at precisely at 8:53 a.m. PDT on Friday, June 21, with solstice, marking the point during the year when the sun takes its most northerly path across the sky. Sunrise on Friday will be at 5:41 a.m. and sunset at 8:07 p.m. Summer ...

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Blue Skies Trio And Green Machine Headline Outdoor Concerts

Written by Andy Roberts – MARIPOSA — The Mariposa County Arts Council presents another fine weekend of concerts this Friday and Saturday evenings, featuring the Blue Skies Trio with vocalist Amy Duke on Friday, June 21 and the California reggae jam staple Green Machine on Saturday, June 22. Inspired by the classic piano-bass-drum trios and small Jazz combos of the ...

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ArborWorks Branches Out In Oakhurst

OAKHURST — “We have a lot of people working in this area and really want to be involved in the community,” says Chriso Lee, director of operations for ArborWorks Inc., a tree care company that in just the past few years has become one of the area’s largest employers. Every day, the company sends dozens of crews out around the ...

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Hiking the Wawona Meadow Loop

We heard a rumor that some very pretty flowers were showing off on the Wawona Meadow Loop Trail, so you know where we headed. It was a short hike in cooler country and that rumor was true! Many beautiful wildflowers along the way and this one is also a good dog hike. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 4.21 miles Difficulty: ...

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Highway 41 Prescribed Burn Completes Ahead Of Schedule

COARSEGOLD — With a combination of favorable conditions, dedicated resources, private landowner cooperation and professional collaboration, Cal Fire and its allies have completed a prescribed burn on Highway 41, with no additional impact to traffic anticipated at this time along the corridor. Originally scheduled to take place over three nights beginning Tuesday, June 11 through Thursday, June 13, the prescribed ...

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Free Concert Features Jazz, Marches, Movie Themes And More

By Bob Labozetta — OAKHURST — Many communities offer opportunities throughout the year to enjoy quality musical performances. One such opportunity is to take in a rendition by local musicians playing in community concert bands — all-volunteer, nonprofit organizations created to share the gift of music with an entire community. In our Sierra foothill region of Madera and Mariposa counties, ...

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Yosemite Grad Sprinting Toward 2020 Olympics

LONG BEACH — Former Oakhurst resident and 2012 Yosemite High School (YHS) valedictorian Riley Cooks has emerged as a top contender to make the 2020 U.S. Olympic heptathlon team. Riley, 25, is now living in southern California and working as a substitute school teacher while training to compete in the Tokyo Olympics. Her next major hurdle — and javelin throw ...

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