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Hiking Through Dogwood Blooms at Mirror Lake

Our plan was to take a blooming Dogwood adventure in Yosemite Valley. First stop were the Half Dome Village dogwoods, then the Mirror Lake Loop dogwoods and the finale was the pink dogwood near the employee housing but we also had a few surprises along the way with a trail issue and some romantic critters. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: ...

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An Evening To Treasure: Alumnus SLE Becomes Tradition

By Mary Uribe and Maisy Fronteras —  O’NEALS — This month marks the return of the Minarets High School SLE “An Evening to Treasure,” hosted by the Freeland family on Friday, May 18 at Northpointe Community Church in northwest Fresno. In the words of Mr. Nathan Freeland, “An Evening to Treasure is to celebrate teens affected by disability through the ...

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May Audubon Program Will Highlight Bird Behaviors

Contributed by Len McKenzie – Birdwatching, or birding, has been soaring in popularity in recent years, becoming one of the fastest-growing pastimes in North America. Among the myriad reasons for its widespread appeal, across demographic as well as geographic boundaries, are the fascinating behaviors birds display in their daily habits, seasonal patterns and social inter-actions. Many of those behaviors, embedded ...

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5th Annual Keep It Native Day (KIND)

By Ashley Davis — O’NEALS — No spring is complete at Minarets High School without the annual Keep It Native Day. Not familiar with the event? It first started as a youth conference six years ago, which turned into a mini-pow wow and conference for teens and children. In 2013, Brandon Lourence named it as Keep It Native, which has ...

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Hiking to Striped Rock with the Sierra Foothill Conservancy

Wildflowers were celebrating Earth Day at the Striped Rock Conservation Preserve, one of the Sierra Foothill Conservancy’s special areas that you can only visit with one of their docents. Where: Sierra Foothill Conservancy, Striped Rock Conservation Preserve Distance: 4.49 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 1,720′ – 2,160′ Date: April 22, 2018 Maps: Ben Hur Topographic Quad Dog Hike? No I ...

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Magical Mariposa Butterfly Festival And Parade

MARIPOSA – Every year on the first weekend of May, vendors, musicians and celebrants from all over the world gather for a family event that seeks to educate and celebrate the butterfly, along with Mariposa County. The Mariposa Butterfly Festival kicks off this year on Saturday, May 5, with a healthy-kids run, competitive trail run, and caterpillar crawl, followed by ...

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“California Clean-Up Day” Totals Are In

CALIFORNIA — The numbers are in for the 2018 “California Clean-Up”, and they’re quite impressive, according to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Crews and volunteers in the counties of Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern picked up over 411 cubic yards of litter during the one-day event. That’s enough to fill 2,877 orange trash bags or 26 full-size trash ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Local Log Through Apr. 22

MADERA COUNTY– Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Apr. 16 to Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018. Oakhurst Search and Rescue deployed On Monday, Apr. 16 at 8:26 a.m. a deputy received a call regarding two people possibly stranded or stuck in the snow up by Fresno Dome Camp Ground. Multiple attempts to ...

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Mariposa Master Gardeners Plant Sale

MARIPOSA — Good news for green thumbs. Mariposa Master Gardeners have been propagating since last fall and seed-germinating since February in preparation for their annual spring plant sale and now the time has come. Stop by on Saturday, Apr. 28, starting at 8 a.m. in the Amigo Picnic Area at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds, located at 5007 Fairgrounds Road. The event lasts ...

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Hiking with Amphibians and Reptiles on the Stockton Creek Nature Preserve

Frogs were singing and turtles were basking on logs at the Stockton Creek Nature Preserve where I learned how to identify some of our local amphibians and reptiles with the Sierra Foothill Conservancy. Where: Sierra Foothill Conservancy, Stockton Creek Nature Preserve Distance: 2.21 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 2,250′ – 2.406′ Date: April 15, 2018 Maps: Ben Hur, Buckingham Mountain ...

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