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Free Entry To Yosemite For Earth Day Festival And More

YOSEMITE — Earth Day, National Junior Ranger Day, National Park Week, and John Muir’s Birthday will be celebrated in Yosemite National Park on Saturday, Apr. 20, with activities for all ages throughout the day — and all activities are free, including entry to the park to kick it off. Visitors coming to the park should be prepared for a very ...

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Reforestation Program Begins On SNF, Seedlings Available

NORTH FORK – The Bass Lake Ranger District is set to begin its 2019 reforestation program. During the next two months, contract and Forest Service crews will be planting approximately 500 acres focusing on the areas of the 2014 French and Courtney Fires. Approximately 200 to 320 seedlings per acre will be planted, totaling up to 120,000 on the district ...

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Discovering Wildflowers Along The Moss Creek Trail

With the Hite Cove area trails closed, where could we go to check out the Merced River Canyon poppies and other colorful wildflowers? We found a nice trail with lots of yellow poppies and color combinations of all kinds represented by other wildflowers. We also discovered that the wildflowers are running a little later than they were in previous years ...

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School Seeks Garden Supplies As They Dig Into Earth Day

AHWAHNEE — Wasuma Elementary will be honoring Earth Day in the school garden on Friday, Apr. 26, and working with local Master Gardeners to accomplish some important spring tasks. Activities for the day include the creation of bowling ball art, worm-ology and composting, planting and “Tasting with Ooooby Farms.” Want to help? It’s easy. Organizers are looking for donations of ...

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Butterflies And Snow: Yosemite Winter Rangers Report

YOSEMITE — Tuolumne Winter Rangers Laura and Rob Pilewski’s latest report from the field on Apr. 3: New snow: 21 inches Total settled snow depth: 90 inches (at 8,600 feet) High temperature: 49°F (April 1) Low temperature: 4°F (March 29) Ski Conditions and Weather This week saw typical unsettled spring conditions with everything from thunder-snow squalls, high winds, corn snow ...

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Graphic Program Shows Minarets Students Horrors Of Drunk Driving

O’NEALS – The Grim Reaper helped deliver a sobering message Wednesday at Minarets High School as part of the ‘Every 15 Minutes’ program, in which students and first responders reenact the aftermath of a horrific car crash caused by a drunk driver. The Reaper and his gallery of “walking dead” students stood silently on the sidelines as the drama unfolded, ...

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Snow Survey At Phillips Station Is 200 Percent Of Average

SACRAMENTO – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today conducted the fourth Phillips Station snow survey of 2019. The manual survey recorded 106.5 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent (SWE) of 51 inches, which is 200 percent of average for this location. Statewide, the Sierra Nevada snowpack is 162 percent of average. California has experienced more than ...

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Sierra Tel Business Center Will Soon Close Its Doors

OAHURST – Sierra Tel has announced that “after strategic review and much deliberation,” the Sierra Tel Business Center storefront location in the Old Mill Village Shopping Center in Oakhurst will be closing effective May 31. “Our Business Center has been proud to serve the evolving needs of the community while striving to provide excellent customer service,” said Sierra Tel in ...

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Madera County Seeking Applicants for 2019-2020 Grand Jury

MADERA – Interested in investigating complaints of misappropriation and malfeasance around Madera County? If so, the deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 grand jury is April 22. California’s Constitution requires every county in the state maintain a grand jury to “investigate citizen-generated complaints or concerns.” To be eligible, a person must be 18, a U.S. citizen and a Madera County ...

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Hiking In The Rain To Table Mountain At The McKenzie Preserve

A little rain didn’t damper our enthusiasm as we learned about archeological sites, spotted Sierra Newts, said hello to cows, saw wildflowers galore and experienced an incredible view from on top of Table Mountain while hiking on a docent-led adventure on the Ruth McKenzie Preserve. We didn’t encounter any rattlesnakes, which was just fine with me, but they are out ...

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