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Virtual Yosemite: Yosemite Closed Due to Mono Winds

Image of a grove of trees in Yosemite.

YOSEMITE — It’s been an extremely busy week in Yosemite due to massive damage caused  by powerful Mono Winds (reported gusts up to 80 mph) last Monday night.  Fortunately, no injuries were reported. The park has been closed to all visitors while repairs and cleanup work are being done.  Expected reopening is this coming Tuesday – for day-use only (8 ...

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Members Only Event Coming Up at the Fresno Art Museum

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On Thursday, Feb. 4, at noon, the Fresno Art Museum will bring you to the Michigan studio of Bonnie Peterson, the fiber artist featured in the current exhibition Another Glorious Sierra Day. Click here to register. Bonnie Peterson is a textile artist investigating environmental and social issues. Recently, she worked with scientists studying fire ecology, atmospheric science, and lake chemistry ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Bare Root Planting Techniques

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By Bob Labozetta (UC Master Gardener, Mariposa) December through March is the time to plant fruit and nut trees. Bare root trees are less expensive, transport easily and acclimate best to native soils. Once you’ve chosen your variety of bare root tree, it’s time to plant. Choose a site that gets a minimum of six to eight hours of sunlight ...

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Mariposa Arts Council Opens “Poetry Out Loud” Contest

MARIPOSA — Mariposa County high students grades 9th – 12th are invited to compete in the Mariposa County Arts Council’s virtual Poetry Out Loud (POL) competition — a national poetry recitation contest that encourages youth voice and agency through the memorization and performance of great historical and contemporary poetry. This contest requires students to select and memorize 2 poems and ...

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Walking Up a Dirt Road: Worman’s Mill to 6S09A Old Miami Mills and O’Neals Meadow Areas

Hiking with the 1883 Topographic Map, I followed the old wagon and stagecoach roads above Nipinnawasee through 1880’s era homesteads as I tried to figure out the routes of travel, neighbor relationships and a few stories from back in the day. Distance: 13.12 Miles (but you can go shorter or longer)Difficulty: ModerateElevation Range: 3,417′ to 5,038′Date: December 24, 2020CALTOPO: Worman’s ...

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Cold Weather is the Perfect Time for a Bowl of Tomato-Tortellini Soup

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When the weather is frightfully cold and you need something quick to warm you up, try this recipe for tomato-tortellini soup. With only four ingredients, you’ll be warm and cozy in no time!   Tomato-Tortellini Soup • Two 14-ounce cans reduced-sodium chicken broth • One 9-ounce package of refrigerated tortellini • One 8-ounce tub cream cheese spread with chive and ...

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A Reminder to Recreate Responsibly During MLK Weekend and Amidst the Ongoing Pandemic

Responsible recreation practices should be maintained at all times. VALLEJO, Calif. – The USDA Forest Service and California State Parks invite Californians to do their part to ensure safe and healthy outdoor experiences during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend and amidst the ongoing pandemic. Simple actions such as staying local, planning ahead, and following social distancing guidelines, can ...

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Walking on a Dirt Road: Elliott Corner to Cold Spring Loop

Let your imagination go wild. You have been riding on a dusty, bumpy, hot stagecoach all day from Mariposa. Or perhaps the day is freezing cold and you are bundled up the best you can in that stagecoach with your coat and some quilts. You are approaching Cold Spring Stage Stop and sure are looking forward to the break. You ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Winter in Yosemite Valley

Image of El Capitan in winter.

YOSEMITE — The peace and relative quiet of Yosemite in winter, particularly after a fresh snow fall, can be a magical experience. Unfortunately, travel in California is currently restricted to within 120 miles of home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet the beauty of Yosemite persists. Yosemite is now open only to day use visitors, between the hours of 8 ...

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