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Park Service Considers Raising Entry Fee To $70 During Peak Season

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Park Service (NPS) is considering increases to fees at highly visited national parks during peak visitor seasons. In a statement released yesterday, the NPS says the increase is “part of its commitment to improve the visitor experience and ensure America’s national parks are protected in perpetuity. “Proposed peak season entrance fees and revised fees for ...

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Pirates For Hope, Harvest Festivals, and Halloween Haunts

MOUNTAIN AREA — Want to know some of what’s happening around the foothills this year to celebrate the season, from Harvest Festivals to Halloween Haunts? Here’s a basket full of treats so you can pick and choose. Click on flyers to enlarge.   Pirates for Hope, Thursday, Oct. 26 – Sunday, Oct. 29 in Coarsegold Pirates For Hope are holding their ...

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ARTober “Chalk Out” Sidewalk Chalk Festival

OAKHURST – Summer may have ended, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. With the changing leaves and cool weather approaching, there’s no better way to get out and enjoy fall than by participating in and attending the ARTober “Chalk Out” event held Sunday, Oct. 29 from 11:30a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sierra Star parking lot on ...

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Cody’s Crew Walks For ALS This Weekend

MOUNTAIN AREA — Cody Aleshire is 10 years old and he’s already made a choice in life to be supportive of others and work hard within the community. A couple of years ago, the Wasuma Elementary School student did a class project called American Heroes. That’s when things got really interesting for Cody and he began a successful, ongoing effort ...

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Fresh, Delicious Fun: Annual Pomegranate Festival

MADERA COUNTY – The 7th annual Madera Pomegranate Festival returns to the Madera District Fairgrounds on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The uniquely vibrant event brings visitors from all over to experience the best of the Central Valley’s local pomegranate and nut products, and it’s worth a drive down the hill. Organized by the Madera Tourism ...

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Minarets Students In Sequoia Forestry Challenge

SPRINGVILLE — Students from Minarets High School participated recently in the 2017 Sequoia Forestry Challenge, one group of a total of 58 high school students from 9 schools in the Central Valley and Foothills of California. The event was October 11 to 14 at Quaker Meadow Camp, east of Springville. One of the highlights for the students this year was the ...

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Response To Fires On Deadwood Includes Locals

OAKHURST — Just before noon today, Jennifer Christenson was traveling south on Highway 41, leaving Oakhurst and heading up Deadwood toward Coarsegold. Just south of Victoria Lane, she saw what none of us ever wants to see. “There was a big plume of smoke and I thought, ‘Gosh what an idiot! Who’s doing the burn pile right now?” Jennifer was about ...

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Yosemite Area Audubon Field Trip To Bass Lake

BASS LAKE — Come to the lake and explore its edge and the adjacent forest, looking for waterfowl, woodpeckers, raptors, and fall migrants, among many other birds.  Yosemite Area Audubon is sponsoring a free field trip to Bass Lake on Saturday, Oct. 28. Join us, they say, no experience necessary. The group plans to meet in the Burger King parking lot ...

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Cooling Temperatures, Increased Humidity Aid Firefighting

CALIFORNIA — Cooling temperatures this week could help firefighters continue to make progress on 13 large wildfires burning in the State, while the number of fatalities due to fire has increased by one since our last report. The death toll rose to 42 yesterday, after authorities located another victim of the Tubbs Fire in Sonoma County. Meanwhile, the identity of a ...

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