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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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Take Your Trash Home — I Shouldn’t Have To Clean Up After You!

Written by Mary Schmidt Odell — I am NOT your mother and I shouldn’t have to clean up after you. Take your trash home. Members of the Sierra Freepackers Unit of BCHC (Backcountry Horsemen of California) spent Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 5 at the Snow Play Area just north of Fish Camp, working and playing.  Backcountry Horsemen are a ...

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Search Continues In Yosemite For Missing Oakhurst Man

YOSEMITE — Searchers in Yosemite National Park continue to try to locate an Oakhurst man who was lost in the Merced River on Monday. A group of people from the Oakhurst area were floating down the Merced River in their own private rafts on Monday afternoon when a 60-year-old man got separated from the group. According to Park spokesman Scott ...

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CA-41 Updated Blasting & Nighttime Schedule

MADERA COUNTY — The Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has released the most recent blasting schedule for the passing lanes construction project on CA-41. For Wednesday, Jun. 8, Caltrans spokesperson Cory Burkarth says three blasts will take place. The first blast is scheduled to take place shortly after 9 a.m. Motorists should be prepared for delays that may last up to ...

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Multi-Vehicle Accident Closes CA-41

O’NEALS — Highway 41 was shut down between Road 200 and SR-145 as emergency personnel responded to a multi-vehicle accident at Road 406. At approximately 1:35 p.m. this afternoon, CHP received reports that a vehicle had swerved into the oncoming lane resulting in a head-on collision ultimately involving at least three vehicles. Injuries are reported. A landing zone was set ...

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June Snowshoeing up to Gaylor and Granite Lakes

I know it is June but we snowshoed up to Gaylor and Granite Lakes, with a side trip to the old abandoned mining town of Dana City in the Tioga Pass area. If the hot weather is getting you down, maybe these pictures will help you cool off. Where: Yosemite National Park, Inyo National Forest Distance: 4.7 Miles Difficulty: Moderate ...

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