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Hiking to Snowy Gaylor Basin

Tioga Road had closed due to a storm but would it reopen before an even bigger storm was due to dump serious snow? The short answer is yes it did, for about 2 1/2 days, and I couldn’t wait to get up there to see if those Gaylor Basin lakes were icing up. Where: Hoover Wilderness, Inyo National ForestDistance: 3.06 ...

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Stagnant Conditions, Colder Weather and Residential Wood Burning Leading to Deteriorating Air Quality

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Current poor dispersion conditions and a stable atmosphere across the Valley has led to an increase in PM2.5 (particulate matter 2.5 microns and smaller) concentrations across the region, which is more common during the cooler weather of the fall and winter seasons. Lingering smoke from wildfires in the region and residential wood burning activity in the cooler ...

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Special Weather Statement from US National Weather Service

Mountain Communities – Strong thunderstorms will impact portions of south central Mariposa, southeastern Madera, eastern Merced and central Fresno Counties through 1:45 PM PDT. At 1:05 PM PDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along a line extending from Oakhurst to 9 miles southwest of Raisin City. Movement was east at 25 mph. Radar indicated pea size hail. IMPACT…Minor damage ...

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Weather Alerts – Roadway Conditions and School Closures

We will continue to update conditions throughout the storm – stay safe!   Alert | Motor vehicle accident Darrah Road / Quail Ridge Drive in Bootjack.   Strong thunderstorms will impact portions of south central Mariposa, southeastern Madera, eastern Merced and central Fresno Counties through 1:45 PM PDT.   https://sierranewsonline.com/special-weather-statement-from-us-national-weather-service/ Alert | Traffic hazard near the William Sell Bridge. Boulders ...

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Public Notice of Board Workshop on Redistricting

Oakhurst – The Board of Trustees of the Yosemite Unified School District will hold a redistricting workshop on Monday, November 8, 2021 at 6:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held virtually and instructions for access and meeting participation are as follows – Google Meet joining info: Video call link or dial: ‪(US) +1 505-437-1149‬ ...

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Weather Update for the Weekend: Flood Watch Alert

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — From the National Weather Service, Hanford CA, at 12:45 p.m., Oct. 21, 2021. FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY EVENING FOR THE CREEK FIRE, SQF COMPLEX, FRENCH FIRE, KNP COMPLEX AND WINDY FIRE BURN SCARS. An intense band of precipitation will move through between late Sunday morning and Monday evening. Periods of moderate ...

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Hiking From Tuolumne Meadows To Dog Lake

Smoky reflections in a lake named for a sheepdog and her puppies, Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs, fishless lakes, and Tuolumne Meadows Campground’s closure played starring roles in my blog this week. Where: Yosemite National ParkDistance: 5.76 Miles (About 5.2 Miles from the trailhead at the parking lot up to and around the lake)Difficulty: Easy to ModerateElevation Range: 8,583′ – 9,189′Elevation ...

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Air Quality Alert Due to Wildfire Smoke

Mountain Communities – Smoke infiltration from the Windy and KNP Complex fires in Tulare County combined with high pressure and poor dispersion have prompted air quality officials in the San Joaquin Valley to issue an Air Quality Alert. Smoke is expected to continue to impact the San Joaquin Valley through Monday, October 4, when a low-pressure system moving over the ...

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Update Mariposa Sheriff’s Office – Gerrish / Chung Investigation

Mariposa – The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the death of the Gerrish / Chung family. Detectives are working closely with toxicologist, environmental specialist, the FBI and other specialists. “We respect and understand the need for information and details regarding this case. Our current priorities remain supporting and informing the Gerrish / Chung family during this tragic time. ...

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Cascadel Mutual Water Company Board of Directors Announces New Officers

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CASCADEL WOODS — The new slate of directors for Cascadel Mutual Water Company [CMWC] was announced at the September 25 board meeting. The 2021–2022 board of directors includes longtime board members and one new director: • Stan Eggink, President • Ed Rose, Vice President • Steve Johansen, Treasurer • Ken Trapp, Secretary • Michael Delaney, Director of Communications The board ...

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