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New Yosemite Conservancy Book Spotlights John Muir’s ‘Grand Yosemite’

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — With the reopening of Yosemite National Park hopefully imminent, Yosemite Conservancy announces a new book to help visitors have their own “John Muir Experience.” Every day, Yosemite National Park welcomes people from around the world who seek a deeper connection to nature. A good many of these visitors are inspired by the example set by the ...

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Longtime Leader at Devils Postpile National Monument Retiring

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN — Deanna Dulen, longtime superintendent of Devils Postpile National Monument, has announced that she is retiring from the National Park Service at the end of May. Dulen started her career in 1979 as a seasonal firefighter with Olympic National Forest — a job that sparked her passion for the great outdoors and public service. She’s also worked as ...

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A Different Kind of ‘Law Day Yosemite’ This Year

By Carol Moses The Law Day Yosemite 2020 celebration was scheduled to be held May 8 at the Curry Village Amphitheater in Yosemite Valley. Law Day is like a holiday for attorneys… it is a national day to celebrate the Rule of Law and its contributions to the freedoms Americans enjoy. May 8 was last Friday. Yosemite National Park is ...

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The History Mystery #86: Mammoth Orange

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By Dan Carrion, E Clampus Vitus Historian One of the Valley’s most famous landmarks was located on Highway 99 at Fairmead. The “Mammoth Orange,” and its sister across the highway the “Whoa Boy Giant Orange,” served voyagers on Highway 99 for over 50 years. The Whoa Boy was built in 1941 on the west side of Highway 99 near the ...

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CAL FIRE: Burn Permits Required in Madera County as of May 1

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MARIPOSA — The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) encourage residents to continue their hazard reduction burning in Eastern Madera County. Valid San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District permits are required and can be obtained by contacting San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control (APCD) at 559-230-6000. CAL FIRE stations will not be ...

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Wawona Hotel to Reopen in 2021 after Electrical Systems Upgrade

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — The historic Wawona Hotel in Yosemite National Park will remain closed for the upcoming visitor season in order to complete necessary electrical repairs and upgrades, park officials announced Thursday.The Wawona Hotel is generally open to visitors March through November. “It is anticipated that the planning and work on the project will be completed and the hotel ...

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Trump to Reopen National Parks Soon?

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Is President Trump poised to re-open some U.S. national parks, including Yosemite?“The Trump administration plans to reopen the country’s national parks and other public lands in line with coronavirus guidelines,” the president said on Wednesday, but gave no other details, according to Reuters.“We will begin to open our national parks and public lands for the American ...

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10 Things To Do Now To Prep For Fire Season

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YOSEMITE — We have good news and bad news. The bad news is that fire season has not been cancelled due to the coronavirus. The good news is that the virus will likely result in there being far fewer outdoor activities and gatherings this summer, which should lead to fewer forest fires. That’s what we’re hoping, anyway. So what can ...

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Alert: Hwy 140 Closed from Briceburg Grade to Cedar Lodge

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Highway 140 is closed west of Yosemite National Park from the top of Briceburg Grade to Cedar Lodge due to predicted weather in the area. According to an alert issued by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, a weather system moving into the area Friday afternoon has the potential to cause large amounts of debris flow in the ...

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Highway 140 Closed Sunday in Advance of Predicted Flooding

YOSMEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Park officials announced Sunday morning that Highway 140 will close today (April 5) at noon. The closure, in effect for the highway west of Yosemite, from Cedar Lodge to Yosemite Bug, is due to a forecast of heavy rain and debris flows in the area. Check https://roads.dot.ca.gov/ for updates. There is emergency access only for residents ...

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