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Loss Of A Gem: History Burns In Railroad Fire

OAKHURST — Fire steals, even from those who fight it. It robs creatures of habitat, takes possessions, property, land, and sometimes, life. Fire also gives back: flames can be restorative, over time, for overgrown forests filled with beetle-infested, drought-plagued timber. Fire makes way for fledgling trees and new families of fauna to thrive on once-sterile ground. And fire can remind ...

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Rescheduled Bass Lake Home Tour Back On Track

BASS LAKE — Under blue skies and with cooler temperatures approaching, the 11th Annual Bass Lake Home Tour has been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7. The event is sponsored by the Bass Lake Lions Club with Bass Lake Realty. Join in on a unique opportunity to see Bass Lake at its best and help the Lions Club with their philanthropic ...

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Escape to Santa Cruz: The Mystery Spot

My adventure this week explored unknown territory, containing unexplained and mysterious oddities that defied gravity and logic. I visited the Mystery Spot! Where: The Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz Difficulty: Easy (but there is one steep section with rails to hold on) Elevational Range: About 300 to 340′ Date: September 24, 2017 I had plans to meet some “old” friends at ...

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One Fatality, One Injury, All Others Accounted For In Yosemite Rockslide

YOSEMITE — Park officials have provided additional information concerning a series of rockfalls that occurred yesterday afternoon from the Southeast face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. One person was killed, one injured, and officials say all others are now accounted for. Seven rockfalls occurred over a four-hour time span, with the initial rockfall happening at 1:52 p.m. A ...

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Prescribed Fire Planned On High Sierra Ranger District

PRATHER – Fire managers on the High Sierra Ranger District are planning to continue ignitions for the 833-acre Dinkey South understory prescribed fire, on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Using the advantage of favorable weather conditions, these ignitions will begin where they ended this past spring after 180 acres were successfully treated, say officials. Fire personnel and equipment will be committed to ...

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Hey, Pumpkin! Third Annual Scarecrow Contest Kicks Off

OAKHURST — Fall is here, which means fall fun is about to start, as the fine folks at Branches Books & Gifts invite you to participate in the month-long, annual Oakhurst Scarecrow Contest running from Sunday, Oct. 1 through Tuesday, Oct. 31. The friendly competition is open to all businesses, schools, establishments and anyone who wants to be a little extra ...

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ARTober: A Celebration Of Arts And Culture

OAKHURST —  Here’s some exciting news: Visit Yosemite Madera County is partnering with the arts community in Oakhurst to present ARTober, an entire month dedicated to celebrating arts and culture throughout town. ARTober encourages collaboration and participation from artists, musicians, writers, venues, foodies, and other creatives to showcase all things arts and culture in Oakhurst. The events are designed to ...

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Fire In Yosemite – As Important As Wind And Water

YOSEMITE – Wildfire is part of life in the Central Sierra, and the sight of billowing smoke engenders fear in those who live in the Wildland Urban Interface. But it is also an important part of the ecology, as is evidenced by the decades of study in Yosemite National Park. Officials are eager to witness the rebirth and renewal in ...

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An Encounter With Bear Cubs And Mom On Glacier Point Road

YOSEMITE — Anyone visiting Yosemite National Park is likely hoping for the chance to see bears. A recent trip up to the Empire Fire provided a delightful encounter with two bear cubs along the Glacier Point Road. It was about 2:30 on Thursday afternoon, as I headed down from Bridalveil Campground. Just a mile or two west of the Yosemite ...

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Hiking with Sally to Gardisky Lake

Sally and I took a short but steep hike up to Gardisky Lake and were rewarded with amazing views of the surrounding high country, white puffy clouds reflecting in the lake and a surprise. Where: Inyo National Forest Distance: 5.09 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult Elevational Range: 9,732′ to 10,524′ Date: September 14, 2017 Topographic Quad Maps: Falls Ridge, June ...

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