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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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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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Virtual Yosemite: A Big Year-End Thanks to Everyone!

Image from Virtual Yosemite.

YOSEMITE — As we come to the end of what can only be described as a “unique” 2020, we are indeed grateful that places like Yosemite have remained intact and protected through these challenges. Thanks to the foresight and commitment of countless advocates throughout the last century, Yosemite remains a sanctuary – what some might even consider a temple – ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Image of Mount Rushmore.

By Sal Maccarone Due to both the availability, and permanence of the material, carving objects from natural stone is an ancient activity. Going all the way back to Paleolithic times, man has always found ways to fashion stone. After all, we use the term “Stone age” to reference some of our earliest ancestors. Back then most of the carving was ...

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A Record SCE Workforce of More Than 2,000 Repairs Infrastructure and Restores Power

Image of Edison crews working on repairs.

Article submitted by Paul Netter, SCE FRESNO — Big Creek has always had “the hardest-working water in the world,” but after the devastation of the Creek Fire, it might also lay claim to the hardest-working wildfire restoration effort too. Not to mention the largest restoration effort in Southern California Edison’s history. Following a wildfire that began on Sep. 4 and ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Gates of the Valley

Image of Gates of the Valley, from Virtual Yosemite.

For the interactive 360° VR experience, go to https://www.virtualyosemite.org/virtual-tour/#node26 This past weekend, a California regional Stay at Home order – prompted by a dramatic spike in COVID-19 infections — went into effect. Yosemite National Park was closed to overnight visits, including all camping and lodging facilities. Until further notice, the park is open only for day-use visitors between the hours ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Panum Crater Near Mono Lake

Image of Panum Crater near Mono Lake.

For the interactive 360° VR experience, go to https://www.virtualyosemite.org/virtual-tour/#node291 A short distance east of Yosemite, and just beyond the south shore of Mono Lake lies a series of volcanic craters, some as old as 40,000 years, created by rhyolitic eruptions. The newest of these is Panum Crater – believed to have formed only 650 years ago. Panum’s eruptions produced lava ...

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History Mystery #93: The Case of the Curious Cabin

Nearly a century-old image of a couple on the front porch of a cabin.

Submitted by Christina McDonald Munahoo (Hello) History Mystery followers! The Sierra Mono Museum and Cultural Center has a photo of a cabin that we are seeking information on. The photo is labeled Whisky Creek, North Fork, and is built on a foundation of granite, with peeled logs for the support posts for the porch and some shake lumber. We are ...

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Mariposa Museum Offering Free Admission During Holiday Sale

MARIPOSA – The Mariposa Museum & History Center will be having their annual Holiday Extravaganza beginning Sunday November 29 and occurring every Sunday until December 20. Winter hours are 9am – 4pm daily with free admission. Come do your Christmas shopping, with lots of great gift ideas. Choose from a nice selection of books and gorgeous jewelry, many made by ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Tioga Road Aspens

Image of aspen trees from Virtual Yosmite.

For the interactive 360° VR experience, go to https://www.virtualyosemite.org/virtual-tour/#node299 With oncoming winter weather and expected snows, Tioga Road was finally closed for the season this past week. Depending on the length and depth of winter snows ahead, it will likely reopen in May or June of next year. When it is open, traveling eastward down Tioga Road from Tioga Pass ...

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