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Heavy Snowpack Damages Facilities In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — Due to the exceptionally heavy snowpack in Yosemite National Park and the subsequent extensive damage to many park facilities, officials have announced that there will be late seasonal openings to facilities throughout the park. Yosemite National Park experienced significant snowfall over the winter season. The March 1 snow survey showed that both the Merced and Tuolumne River drainages ...

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Snowshoeing the Merced Crest

Rain, snow, clouds then the bluest of skies with pristine white snow greeted us while we snowshoed from Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area along the Merced Crest. We were treated to views of the snowy Clark Range, Liberty Cap, Mt. Broderick, Half Dome, the Quarter Domes and Clouds Rest as we got in a great workout. Where: Yosemite National Park ...

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Highway 41 Reopens Through Rocky Cut

MADERA COUNTY – Highway 41 between Road 200 and Highway 145 has been reopened after a rock slide two days ago closed the road in both directions. Late Wednesday afternoon, Mar. 6, geologists were called in to assess the stability of the steep rock walls along the roadway after about 10 cubic yards of debris slid into the northbound lane. ...

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Yosemite Experience Pavilion Takes Best Of Show At L.A. Event

OAKHURST – The 2019 “Best of Show Regional Pavilion” award at the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show in February went to the Yosemite Experience. This is the USA’s largest series of travel shows and was held at the LA Convention Center. The event set a new record with nearly 38,000 active travel enthusiasts and tourism trade attending, making it ...

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Winter Rangers: Broken Records, Cream Cheese, Powder Days

YOSEMITE — It sounds like Winter Rangers Laura and Rob Pilewski are hard at work and having a good time around Tuolumne Meadows, if their most recent blog is any indication. New snow: 27 inches Total settled snow depth: 96 inches (at 8,600 feet) High temperature: 41°F (March 4) Low temperature: 12°F (March 4) Ski Conditions and Weather It was ...

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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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