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2021 Sierra Tel Directory Focuses on the History of Sierra Telephone

OAKHURST – Sierra Tel, serving both Madera County Mountain Communities and Mariposa County, shared that its 2021 telephone directory is in celebration of the 125th Anniversary of Sierra Telephone, the main building block of the Sierra Tel Family. The 360 page directory tells the story of the beginnings of the company many years ago with the assistance of the local ...

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A Record SCE Workforce of More Than 2,000 Repairs Infrastructure and Restores Power

Image of Edison crews working on repairs.

Article submitted by Paul Netter, SCE FRESNO — Big Creek has always had “the hardest-working water in the world,” but after the devastation of the Creek Fire, it might also lay claim to the hardest-working wildfire restoration effort too. Not to mention the largest restoration effort in Southern California Edison’s history. Following a wildfire that began on Sep. 4 and ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Gates of the Valley

Image of Gates of the Valley, from Virtual Yosemite.

For the interactive 360° VR experience, go to https://www.virtualyosemite.org/virtual-tour/#node26 This past weekend, a California regional Stay at Home order – prompted by a dramatic spike in COVID-19 infections — went into effect. Yosemite National Park was closed to overnight visits, including all camping and lodging facilities. Until further notice, the park is open only for day-use visitors between the hours ...

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Yosemite to Remain Open During Stay at Home Order

YOSEMITE – Dec. 6, 2020 – In support of the California Regional Stay-at- Home order in the San Joaquin Valley region, beginning at noon on Monday, December 7, 2020, Yosemite National Park is open 8 am to 5 pm for day-use activities only. Lodging and campgrounds are currently closed. Some services and facilities are limited, and shuttles are not operating. ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Panum Crater Near Mono Lake

Image of Panum Crater near Mono Lake.

For the interactive 360° VR experience, go to https://www.virtualyosemite.org/virtual-tour/#node291 A short distance east of Yosemite, and just beyond the south shore of Mono Lake lies a series of volcanic craters, some as old as 40,000 years, created by rhyolitic eruptions. The newest of these is Panum Crater – believed to have formed only 650 years ago. Panum’s eruptions produced lava ...

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Hiking from Yosemite Valley to Glacier Point on the Icy 4 Mile Trail

The icy 4 Mile Trail led me from the Yosemite Valley floor, starting where the old Leidig Hotel stood back in 1870, up to Glacier Point, full of wonderful views of the snowy high country. Where: Yosemite National ParkDistance: 9.84 MilesDifficulty: Moderate to StrenuousElevation Range: 3,979′ – 7,207′Date: November 16, 2020Maps: El Capitan Topographic QuadDog Hike? No I parked at ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Tioga Road Aspens

Image of aspen trees from Virtual Yosmite.

For the interactive 360° VR experience, go to https://www.virtualyosemite.org/virtual-tour/#node299 With oncoming winter weather and expected snows, Tioga Road was finally closed for the season this past week. Depending on the length and depth of winter snows ahead, it will likely reopen in May or June of next year. When it is open, traveling eastward down Tioga Road from Tioga Pass ...

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Hiking Through Snowy Merced Grove

I can’t resist the way that snow looks contrasted with Giant Sequoias, so I headed up to Merced Grove for a half day. Yosemite National Park has 3 Giant Sequoia Groves and some say that Merced Grove is the least visited. It was a very nice hike down the historic Old Coulterville Road to check out the 20 or so ...

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Madera, Mariposa and Merced Counties Burn Suspension Lifted

MARIPOSA – Effective Monday, November 23, 2020 at 8:00 am the burn suspension in Madera, Mariposa and Merced Counties will be lifted. CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit Chief Mike van Loben Sels is formally cancelling the burn suspension and advises that those possessing current and valid residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissive burn days. Burn permits will be ...

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Yosemite National Park Announces Glacier Point and Tioga Roads are Closed for the Season

Nov. 20, 2020 – Yosemite National Park announces Glacier Point and Tioga Roads are closed to all vehicular traffic for the winter season. Glacier Point and Tioga Roads typically close each fall and remain closed through the winter season. These roads reopen each spring when weather and road conditions are safe for vehicular traffic. Yosemite National Park is open year-round with snow removal on all ...

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