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Swift Water Rescue: Tips For Staying Alive

YOSEMITE – The Merced River pushes past spectators with enormous gusto, as a wide area is cordoned off under the trees at Happy Isle Bridge. Yosemite Search and Rescue (YOSAR) teams are preparing to demonstrate swift water rescue techniques in order to convey a crucial message to the visiting public: stay safe out there. Click on images to enlarge. A ...

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Yosemite Hosts Delegation From Germany’s Sister Park

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park managers will be hosting a delegation from Sister Park, Berchtesgaden National Park in Germany, from June 19 to 25. During the visit, park managers will exchange ideas and practices and further the Sister Park Arrangement. Berchtesgaden is located in the southern mountains of Germany near the Austrian border, a region famous for the filming of iconic ...

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Smart Start (Free) For Teenage Drivers

OAKHURST — The Oakhurst Area CHP invites those students and parents who are entering the world of teenage driving to attend a “Start Smart” presentation at the Oakhurst Branch Library on Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to noon. The event is offered by CHP Office Kaci Lutz and there is no charge for the workshop. Start Smart is a ...

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Free Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

OAKHURST – Poke your head under the sink, check your garage and peek into your storage shed. If you see empty cans of paint, old oil filters, solvents, household sewing needles or any of a host of hazardous materials and want to get rid of them, you’re in luck. You can shed much of your excess household toxic waste on ...

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New California Tobacco Laws: Sales Age Raised To 21

CALIFORNIA — The minimum age of sale for tobacco products in California increased from 18 to 21, effective June 9, 2016. And for the first time, e-cigarettes are now included in the existing definition of tobacco products statewide. California is the second state in the nation, following Hawaii, to raise the minimum age for tobacco sales to 21. “Today marks ...

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Sierra Silver Mines And The Tioga Road

Written by Dave Hubbard — Sierra silver mines required the building of wagon routes for the delivery of food and supplies. One of these would become the Tioga Road. The Tioga Road has been called “the road to broken dreams”…and perhaps it was true. One thing is certain…over the years its many miles of unexcelled scenic grandeur have fulfilled a ...

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Tioga Road History Is Fascinating

Written by Dave Hubbard — Tioga road history is fascinating! First established by the animals of the region, Indians soon followed the animal trails and eventually established “trade paths” of their own over the difficult terrain. The Sierran range provided an effective natural barrier rising to over 13,000 feet and challenging both animal and human travelers with dangerous obstacles and ...

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President And First Family To Visit Yosemite

YOSEMITE — The White House has announced that President Obama and the First Family will visit Yosemite National Park next week, some time between Friday and Saturday. The president’s visit will celebrate the 100th anniversary of America’s national park system, and the trip will also include a visit to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. A post on the White House’s ...

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Reserve Your Parking Spot In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park announces a pilot program where visitors will be able to reserve a guaranteed parking space on two upcoming weekends. Visitors to the park will be able to reserve a parking space in Yosemite Valley for the weekend of June 25-26 and July 2-4. The reserved parking program is intended to benefit visitors by ensuring access ...

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