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YNP Hosts 35th Annual Yosemite Renaissance Art Exhibit

YOSEMITE — The 35th Yosemite Renaissance Art Exhibit will be on display at the Yosemite Museum Gallery from Saturday, Feb. 22 through Sunday, May 3. The exhibit features artworks inspired by Yosemite and California’s Sierra Nevada, and includes photography, painting, sculptures, textiles and more. This year, 70 works were selected from 811 entries. The Yosemite Museum Gallery is located within ...

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History Mystery #83 – Do You Recognize This House?

Picture of an unknown house.

By Karen Morris (with thanks to Don Grove) This building has been home to many families since its service as a way station. Our records begin with the McGinity family. They lived here beginning in 1904. We are not sure how long they stayed. The Hanningan Family moved in about 1942 and stayed until 1947. Hazel Kennedy and her family ...

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Two Cases of Norovirus Confirmed at Yosemite

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Yosemite National Park officials reported Thursday at least 170 cases of gastrointestinal illness among both employees and recent park visitors. Most of the affected individuals spent time in Yosemite Valley during the first week of January 2020. As of Thursday afternoon, there have been two confirmed cases of norovirus, according to a press release issued today by ...

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YHS Wrestlers Compete at Dinuba Invitational

Picture of PJ Kuzmitski

OAKHURST — Five Yosemite High School wrestlers joined forty-eight other teams in the Dinuba High School Invitational held Jan. 3 – 4. Badger wrestlers and their tournament results include: 106 lb. = 0 Wins – 2 Losses 113 lb. Junior Peter (PJ) Kuzmitski = 2 Wins – 2 Losses 145 lb. Sophomore Trevon Nguyen = 0 Wins – 2 Losses ...

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Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel Loses Four-Diamond Rating

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — The iconic Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park has lost some of its luster — and its long time four-diamond status, according to a story published today by the San Francisco Chronicle. “Guests at the landmark property, where presidents and queens have wined, dined and snoozed at the foot of Half Dome, are reporting bad food, ...

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2019: An Eventful Year for Eastern Madera County

MOUNTAIN AREA — From progress on major new public and commercial projects to prosecution of high-profile criminal cases, 2019 was an eventful year in eastern Madera County. As 2020 dawns, here’s a look back at some of this year’s key stories. North Fork’s new roundabout: After several years of heated debate, Madera County’s first public roundabout was approved by the ...

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Snowshoeing From Badger Pass to Dewey Point

Badger Pass Ski Area had just opened for the season and that meant that it was time for us to do some fun snow things. Those nordic trails were open, groomed, begging us to slap our snowshoes on and see the fabulous snow blanketed high country. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 7.37 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevational Range: 7,237′ to 7,382′ ...

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YHS Wrestlers Dominate Matches in Mariposa Dual Meet

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YOSEMITE — The Yosemite High School Wrestling Team pinned six of their eight opponents at the YHS vs. Mariposa Dual Meet hosted by Yosemite on Dec. 12. However, the Badgers were forced to forfeit six matches due to an incomplete weight class roster, giving the Grizzlies the team win. Jimmy McCurry (113 lb.), PJ Kuzmitske (120 lb.), Nicolas Guynn (160 ...

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Dining, Snow Play and New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Bass Lake

Picture of building in the snow.

MOUNTAIN AREA — The Sierra Nevada is beautiful when dusted in fresh snow and Badger Pass Ski Area is the perfect place to learn to ski and snowboard.  Yosemite’s stars shine bright during the holiday season. Experience an old tradition – Christmas. On Dec. 25, Christmas dining abounds, beginning with breakfast, then lunch and continues until the last sugar plumb ...

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To Trash or Not to Trash, That is the Question

Picture of the fourth grade class at Oakhurst Elementary School

OAKHURST — Fourth grade students at Oakhurst Elementary School were recently invited to participate in the Zero Landfill Initiative through NatureBridge in Yosemite National Park. The initiative is composed of various organizations such as Subaru of America, The Yosemite Conservancy, the National Parks Conservation Association and the National Park Service. The initiative is only being carried out at three national ...

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