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Hiking up the 4 Mile Trail to Glacier Point & Sentinel Dome

The 4 Mile Trail led me from the Yosemite Valley floor where the old Leidig Hotel stood in 1870 up to Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome, full of wonderful views of Yosemite Falls and the snowy high country. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 12.8 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 3,979′ – 8,107′ Date: November 29, 2017 Maps: El ...

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Minarets FFA Fall Banquet 2017

O’NEALS — FFA members, their families, teachers, and community members gathered to watch Freshman compete in the Creed Speaking Contest, among other activities while at the at the Minarets FFA annual Fall Banquet, held Wednesday, Nov. 29. In the Creed contest, Jeremiah Stout placed 4th, Morgan Pelowski placed 3rd, Justin Linderholm  placed 2nd, and a big congratulations to Justin Bowe ...

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Dual Enrollment Classes at Minarets

O’NEALS — Want to get ahead on college credits before you’re even out of high school? Well, Minarets is expanding the number of dual enrollment classes offered. Last year, the school offered a Welding class and a Health class that counted for both high school and community college credit. Starting next semester, Minarets will be offering both of these classes, ...

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Everyone Loves A Good Tree Lighting

OAKHURST — Hoards of happy people descended on the Talking Bear corner of Highway 41 and Road 426 in Oakhurst last Saturday night, as the community Christmas tree was lit amidst tremendous excitement. Century 21 Ditton Realty‘s own Belinda Ditton says somewhere between 1,500 to 2,000 people came out and that both the upper and lower parking areas stayed full ...

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“Believe In Christmas” Musical At Golden Chain Theatre

OAKHURST — It’s that time of year again, when a local theater company blessed with triple-threat talent puts on a charming holiday show that all ages will want to attend. “Blizzards, show deadlines, missing performers, and stranded passengers — sounds like the perfect recipe for the holidays, right? Well, it is when you can sing about it!” Click on image ...

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Tens Of Thousands Raised For Charities At Tree Auction

BASS LAKE — It’s nice when a traditional community event takes on new life, and that’s what people are saying has happened with the annual Christmas Tree Auction held last Friday night at the Pines Resort in the Lakeview Room. It has always been a great event, raising funds for the Boys and Girls Club in Oakhurst and a host ...

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Hiking From Tioga Road to North Dome and Indian Arch

If I could sneak one more day of hiking in before Tioga Road closed, where would it be? A hike to North Dome with a side trip to Indian Arch sounded like the perfect plan. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 9.76 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 7,397′ – 8,366′ Date: November 14, 2017 Maps: Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Topographic ...

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First, Last And Only Supermoon Of ’17 (But More To Come)

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE – Overnight on Saturday, Dec. 2 we get to experience a supermoon — the first, last and only this year. When the moon reaches its full phase at the closest point to Earth along the satellite’s elliptical orbit, causing la luna to look bigger and about 30 percent brighter in the sky, that’s a supermoon — according to NASA. Precisely speaking, ...

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Larry And Sue’s USA Motorhome Adventure, Part II

2 ½ months, 14,000 miles, 34 states The only reservation we made was for a campsite at Flathead Lake in Montana. Made it with Sue’s daughter Jolie and her husband Derek. Oh yeah, and their two dogs! Click on images to enlarge. We’ve stayed at Flathead Lake in the past and love it. It’s huge and has great camping right ...

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Christmas Bird Counts Scheduled In The Central Sierra

Contributed by Len McKenzie, YAAS — The arrival of December heralds a number of holiday traditions and festive celebrations. Among the traditions for birding enthusiasts is the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, when thousands of intrepid observers throughout the western hemisphere take to the field for one day to make a record of all the birds they see and hear. ...

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