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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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Relay For Life: “Together, We Can Beat Our Biggest Rival”

OAKHURST — Together, we can beat our biggest rival, say organizers, as the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Eastern Madera County kicks off its new fundraising season on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Oakhurst Lutheran Church. “Our main reason for having a Kick-Off this Saturday is to get the community excited about our Relay ...

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Avoid Burst Pipes When It’s Freezing Outside

MOUNTAIN AREA – With temperatures expected to continue below freezing for the next couple of nights, it’s still not too late to insulate exposed plumbing and execute other measures to keep the disaster of burst pipes at bay. Residents who have not already done so are reminded to take precautions such as wrapping exposed metal or plastic pipes that carry water, ...

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Exploring Bass Lake Historical Graves

I joined the Sierra Hiking Seniors on an adventure to hike below Bass Lake and visit the old bunker-type graves of four men. We also got a bit of exercise in and had a few surprises along the trail. Where: Sierra National Forest, Pacific Gas & Electric Distance: 5.09 miles (but you can go more or less if you want ...

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Special Guest Arco Visits Wasuma Elementary School

AHWAHNEE — It’s a reasonable question. “Because Arco is so smart, can he speak human?” That’s what was on one student’s mind at Wasuma Elementary School on Friday, Feb. 10, when Madera County Sheriff Deputy Drew Kirchert and Sergeant Jim Bernardi brought their K-9, Arco, for a demonstration. Arco is a Belgian Malinois, born and raised for his first two years in France. ...

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Minarets Link Crew Supports Middle School Transition

O’NEALS — With the school year rushing by, eighth graders throughout the Central Valley are preparing for a daunting event: freshmen year. As a way to help and support the seventh and eighth graders at Spring Valley and North Fork Elementary Schools during their transition into high school, Minarets has implemented Link Crew as a part of the Leadership class ...

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Repairs On Mammoth Pool Road Complete, Roadway Open

NORTH FORK – The road construction that began in December on Minarets Road – also known as Mammoth Pool and Forest Road 4S81 – is now complete. This project consisted of two sites damaged during the winter storms of 2016/2017. This is the first two of many more projects to come, to repair and improve forest roads, say USFS officials. ...

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