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Autumnal Equinox Means It’s Officially Fall, Y’All

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE — The signs are all around us, from the withered buckeye and earlier darkening skies, to little hints of temperatures dropping that send us running to the closet to pull out just one long sleeved shirt, for a change! The autumnal equinox, when days and nights are approximately equal in length, arrives this year on Thursday, Sept. 22 ...

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SR-41 Passing Lanes Project Complete

MADERA COUNTY — Good news, travelers, as the long-awaited passing lanes project on SR-41 near the 22 Mile House is now complete. “The new lanes were opened to traffic yesterday,” says Caltrans’ Corey Burkarth, “and we anticipate accepting the project tomorrow once the contractor completes the task of removing signs from the project site that are no longer needed.” Construction ...

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The Quiet Epidemic Of Lyme Disease

Written by Linda Giampa — CALIFORNIA — Whether heading out for a long backpacking trip, local day hikes, or an all-terrain run with our dogs, all of us are consistently aware of the need to pack provisions for varying weather, terrain and potential dangers. However, very few of us would stop to think about ticks or the dangers of tick-borne ...

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Last Hot Summer Nights Party At Miller’s (This Year!)

BASS LAKE — If you’re going to cry because summer is officially over, you may as well do it at the lake. Miller’s Landing Resort is hosting its last Hot Summer Nights party of the season on Friday, Sept. 23, and it’s going to be a good one. “Head to the lake for hot tri-tip, even hotter music by Rock ...

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Calling Young Artists! Yosemite Youth Art & Poetry Contest

YOSEMITE – The 6th Annual Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest starts now! Yosemite National Park is excited to celebrate the “incredible creativity of youth in its gateway communities and the power of Yosemite to inspire art.” YNP together with the Ansel Adams Gallery invite local youth to participate in the sixth annual event open to all students, grades K-12, who attend school or ...

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African Tortoise Waylaid While Heading For Deadwood

OAKHURST — Coming home from work around 5 p.m. last week, Anne Grandy’s eyes scanned the road, watching for the usual hazards of deer and drivers, when she spotted one that stood out against the late summer landscape. Anne was on Road 425B heading toward Still Meadow when, there on the right, clipping along toward Deadwood, was a tortoise. How did she know it was ...

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Mariposa County Offers Free Flu Shots

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Mariposa County Health Department is offering free flu shot clinics at nine different locations over the next month, and everyone is encouraged to get the shot, not the flu. Limited quantities are available, and the shots are offered on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for this service. Here is a list ...

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Yosemite National Park Hosts Naturalization Ceremony

YOSEMITE — Over 50 people will become naturalized U.S. Citizens today at the famous Glacier Point, overlooking Half Dome and Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park. This special ceremony commemorates Constitution and Citizenship Day, a combined event that is observed annually on Sept. 17, to commemorate the formation and signing of the Constitution of the United States. It also recognizes ...

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Record Turnout For My*Tri Bass Lake

BASS LAKE — The 4th annual My*Tri at Bass Lake was a huge success this year as the event that’s all about youth fun and family fitness drew more than 40 community sponsors, over 85 volunteers, and a record-breaking number of enthusiastic participants. My*Try is hosted by Miller’s Landing Resort at Bass Lake, and sponsored by the Children’s Educational Foundation. The swim-bike-run took ...

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Missing Hikers Located In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — ABC30 reports that one of the missing hikers in Yosemite, Dave Brown, walked into a ranger station late Tuesday morning, and Javier Avelar was located a short time later. The condition of the two hikers is not known at this time. Avelar and Brown had planned a six-day backpacking trip near Hetch Hetchy and did not show up ...

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