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Flash Flood Warning For Mariposa County

MOUNTAIN AREA — The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Central Mariposa County in central California and Southeastern Tuolumne County in northern California until 5:15 p.m. Doppler radar detected thunderstorms with very heavy rain over northwestern Mariposa county. This area of thunderstorms is moving eastward and will be within the Ferguson burn scar region by 4:30 ...

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Highway 140 Reopens From Midpines To El Portal

MARIPOSA COUNTY – A stretch of Highway 140 that was closed for about seven hours due to the recent storm has reopened, according to Caltrans. Caltrans had announced a preemptive closure of State Route 140 in and near the Ferguson Fire burn scar beginning Wednesday, Mar. 6 at approximately 12:30 p.m. due to an ongoing storm they believed could impact ...

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Register Now For Interpreting Yosemite Artist Retreat

OAKHURST — Two local nonprofit organizations have banded together in order to produce a collaborative event and the public, from near and far, is invited to join in. Registration is now open for Yosemite Western Artists (YWA) Interpreting Yosemite Artist Retreat & Creative Event at the Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst (ECCO). There are two ways to join in. In each ...

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Half Dome Preseason Lottery To Open Next Week

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park officials announced today that the 2019 preseason lottery for Half Dome permits will open at 7 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, Mar. 13. All hikers are required to have permits to ascend the subdome steps and the Half Dome cables when the cables are in place. Park Rangers install the Half Dome cables each spring and ...

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Foothills Flood Watch, High Country Storm Warning

MOUNTAIN AREA — Rain and snow return to the foothills and high country as the National Weather Service (NWS) issues a Flood Watch for the foothills and a Storm Warning for the Sierra above 7,000 feet. A moisture-laden weather system arrives Tuesday and persists until Thursday, and then yet another system brings unsettled conditions Thursday night into at least Friday. ...

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Yosemite Winter Rangers: Snowpack And Grosbeaks

YOSEMITE — Tuolumne Winter Rangers Laura and Rob Pilewski latest report from the field indicates snowpack conditions are above average for this time of year, and the grosbeaks are chirping in the pines. New snow: 14 inches Total settled snow depth: 90 inches (at 8,600 feet) High temperature: 40°F (February 26) Low temperature: -12°F (February 22) Ski Conditions and Weather February is ...

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But Wait, There’s More: Hydrologic Outlook

MOUNTAIN AREA — The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a Hydrologic Outlook for heavy rainfall and a threat of flooding next week, as new storms impact the Central California interior during the next seven days. There’s also a Winter Storm Warning for snow in the Sierra Nevada above 7,000 feet. Either way, there will be water this week. ...

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Register Now For NatureBridge Summer Backpacking Program For Teens

YOSEMITE — Registration is now open for NatureBridge summer programs for teens in Yosemite and Olympic National Parks. NatureBridge, the largest non-profit educational partner of the National Park Service, leads life-changing backpacking programs for middle and high school students in Yosemite and Olympic National Parks each summer. These one- and two-week programs offer the perfect mix of backpacking, science and ...

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Preseason Lottery For Half Dome Permits Will Be Delayed

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park officials have announced that the 2019 preseason lottery for Half Dome permits will be delayed “due to a transition to a new contracted provider.” The preseason lottery for the popular hike typically opens on Mar. 1. No date has yet been determined as to when the lottery will open this year. All hikers are required ...

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Light The Fight Against Cancer

O’NEALS — As the Sierra Mountain Communities for a Cure gear up to celebrate, remember, and fight back against cancer at the annual Relay for Life on Friday and Saturday Mar. 29 and 30 at Minarets High School, another time-honored event will take place: the Luminaria Ceremony. In this case, a luminaria is a paper lantern that is dedicated to ...

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