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Winery-Sage: Field Trip To Oak Farm Vineyards

Editor’s note: We catch up with our friends Karen and Ken Geiszler of Winery-Sage.com as they continue their wine-tasting adventure in Lodi (Winery-sage: Stuck On Wine Tasting In Lodi). Our tasting trip started with a visit to the Lodi Winegrape Commission, a great facility with a knowledgeable staff and a broad selection of Lodi wines. If you have time for only ...

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Local Mariposa Artists Featured At Public Reception

Submitted by Cara Goger – MARIPOSA – The Mariposa County Arts Council invites the public to the opening reception recognizing the work of local painter, John Tomsick, and ceramic artist Phyllis Becker, on Thursday, Mar. 8, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Treetop Gallery located in historic downtown Mariposa. Light refreshments will be served. Both Becker and Tomsick have ...

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Mustang Matt Emphasizes Trust And Respect In Horsemanship

COARSEGOLD — The Sierra Freepackers, the local Back Country Horsemen of California unit, together with the YLP Equestrian Center in Coarsegold, proudly hosted Mustang Matt. Mustang Matt is a clinician who emphasizes trust, respect and balanced horsemanship, and organizers say, “boy, did he deliver!” A special tip of the hat to Laurie Wagoner for her exceptional efforts toward putting this ...

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Over The Garden Fence: Gardening As The Climate Changes

By Bob Labozetta (Mariposa Master Gardener) Gardening in this time of increasing global temperatures, rising sea levels, and changing environments is challenging to say the least. In our own locale, we notice significant impact on our backyard habitats: With higher average temperatures and inconsistent precipitation, plants are blooming earlier and growing seasons are becoming unpredictable. Even warm-weather plants like tomatoes ...

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NF Fire Dept. Auxiliary Ponies Up $80,000 For New Engine

MADERA COUNTY — Members of the North Fork Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary handed over a hefty check to the County this morning for the purchase of a new Type 6 fire engine to be put into service at Station 11. The citizens of the North Fork, Wishon, O’Neals and Bass Lake area have always been extremely generous in their support ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Local Log Through Feb. 25

MADERA COUNTY– Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Feb. 19 to Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. Coarsegold possession of a stolen vehicle and narcotics On Monday, Feb. 19 at 2:04 a.m. a deputy contacted a male on Road 417/Chukchansi Road. During the contact an adult male on probation out of Mariposa County ...

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More Fires Mean Less Funds For Local Forest Service Projects

Written by Randy Moore, Regional Forester, USDA CALIFORNIA —  Last year, more than 1,500 wildfires burned over 640,000 acres on National Forest System lands in California, including the Thomas Fire, the largest fire in California’s recorded history. The surrounding communities are still dealing with damage from debris flows caused by a charred and barren landscape that no longer has the ...

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Hiking from Redinger Lake along the North Side of the San Joaquin River across from Stevenson Falls

Wildflowers and snow, all in the same hike! Who would have guessed? We had heard that a few early wildflowers were blooming above Redinger Lake so we headed on up to check them out and got a good workout in as a bonus. Where: Sierra National Forest Distance: 10.03 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 1,404′ to 3,521′ Date: February 21, ...

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Snow Snarls Traffic, More To Come

CENTRAL SIERRA — After months of warm weather and little precipitation, winter finally arrived yesterday in the form of several inches of snow, and temperatures dipping into the teens in some areas. More snow fell overnight and that, combined with low temps, created black ice in many spots and very hazardous driving conditions all across the mountain area. Beginning Thursday ...

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Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions Update for Feb. 21

YOSEMITE – Tuolumne Winter Rangers Laura and Rob Pilewski have posted their latest blog on conditions at Tuolumne Meadows. Be sure to follow them every week for up-to-date reports. New snow: 4 inches Total settled snow depth: 9 inches (at 8,600 feet) High temperature: 50°F (February 17) Low temperature: -14°F (February 20) Ski Conditions and Weather: Well, we sure jinxed ...

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