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CHP Calls for Safety on Super Bowl Sunday

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — While the National Football League’s top two teams are preparing to battle it out on the field this weekend, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is making its game plan to keep the motoring public safe long after the celebrations have ended. Millions of people will watch the Super Bowl this year, with some attending parties and others ...

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Wildfire Wednesday: Evacuation Plan – Part 1

This is the first in a series of articles SNO will be doing called “Wildfire Wednesday.” To begin, there will be 8 articles presenting “The 12 Step Guide to Help Plan in Advance for Evacuation.” This guide was put together by Katie Hepler and the members of the California Fire Support Group on Facebook. The California Fire Support Group is ...

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Celebration of Life for George M. Stillman

Oakhurst – George was born in Modesto, CA to Jess Stillman and Doris Stillman Moody on April 3, 1945.  He went into the arms of his Lord, Jesus Christ, on October 3, 2021, in Medford, OR, surrounded by his family. He grew up in Fresno, CA after living in Modesto and Eugene, OR for a short time. He graduated from ...

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Bill to Help Rural Residents Escape Wildfires Moves Forward

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Yes, it’s the dreaded word wildfires. I’m sure it feels like the wrong time of year to be talking about wildfires for many people, but for me, it’s a year-round conversation as a reporter for our Mountain Communities. One of my responsibilities is to monitor and report on wildfires and emergencies on social media. Many in our ...

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The Week’s Events: January 24 – 30

OAKHURST — Now’s your chance to shape up all those New Year’s resolutions that may have already fallen by the wayside. There’s lots happening in the way of yoga and mindfulness, as well as a walk in the big park up the road a piece to learn how to take awesome photographs like the one used as our feature this ...

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Snowshoeing Through History Along The Merced Crest

Spectacular views were the big draw for snowshoeing the Merced Crest and we also got in a great workout. But wait, there is more! We followed the footsteps of a man who has 2 graves, a Chinese woman who was auctioned off for $800 back in the 1850’s, a Saloon Keeper and an early Yosemite Ranger.Where: Yosemite National ParkDistance: 6.97 ...

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National Weather Service Issues High Wind Warning

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HANFORD — The National Weather Service Hanford Office has issued a Wind Advisory and High Wind Warning for areas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite National Park and the surrounding foothills beginning Friday morning and continuing until Saturday afternoon. This has people’s attention considering it was one year ago almost to the day that our communities experienced a highly destructive Mono Wind ...

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Traffic Advisory: Delays Expected on Routes 49 and 140

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MARIPOSA COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will perform various operations on State Route 49 next week in Mariposa County. Work is scheduled to be performed as follows Route 49 • Single-lane closure from Varain Road to Route 140 for guardrail work beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18, through Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. • ...

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CAL FIRE Accepting Grant Applications for Forestry Projects

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — CAL FIRE today announced the availability of up to $24 million in grants for projects that support the creation of a robust and diversified wood products market to help meet California’s forest resilience goals. CAL FIRE’s Wood Products and Bioenergy Program, which seeks to maintain and enhance the forestry sector of California to promote healthy resilient forests ...

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Staying Warm and Safe This Winter

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — We made it! The past two weeks have been very busy with the holiday season and a rare winter storm with very low elevation snow.  There have been traffic collisions, hazards and many disabled vehicles on our roads.  There were also some power outages sprinkled in too.  For me this has meant that I’ve been furiously posting ...

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