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Yosemite Conservancy Inspires Young Stewards

YOSEMITE – A group of high school students from across California, who dubbed themselves “The Triumphant Turtles” for their slow and steady approach to achieving goals, credit the Adventure Risk Challenge program in Yosemite National Park for fueling a passion for conservation, improved leadership and literacy skills, and forging trails of opportunity to higher education.

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Yosemite Has New Sister Park In Germany

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park and Berchtesgaden National Park in Germany have signed a sister park arrangement. The formal arrangement outlines the commitment from both parks to foster international cooperation in preserving these protected areas. The arrangement was signed by Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher and Dr. Michael Vogel, Berchtesgaden National Park Director, in October, 2014.

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Proposed Rock Quarry Sparks Debate

MADERA COUNTY – A new rock quarry proposed at the intersection of Highways 41 and 145 has been the subject of much debate over the past few years, with residents concerned about increased truck traffic, noise and dust pollution, huge ground water usage and lowered property values. The Austin Quarry Revised Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is now available for ...

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National Parks Defaced, Posted On Social Media

YOSEMITE – The National Park Service (NPS) is investigating reports of vandalism in at least 10 national parks in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, and Utah. One case reportedly occurred in Yosemite National Park near the Mist Trail, and while the NPS is not discussing the details of a case, which remains under investigation, they do say that they take the ...

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Thanks From Mountain Crisis Services

On behalf of everyone at Mountain Crisis Services and the individuals and families that we serve, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the following businesses and individuals who made the fundraising event, The Rimers of Eldritch, possible: Soroptimist International of Mariposa; Silver Fox Winery, High Country Health Foods and Café of Mariposa; Casey Hawkins, owner of South ...

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Yosemite Celebrates Deaf Services Program

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the park’s Deaf Services Program. To celebrate this milestone, the park will host special programs throughout the weekend of Friday, Oct. 24, through Sunday, Oct. 26.

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A Stroll In The Park? Not.

Written by Guest Columnist Ed Hart Friday—it’s sunny, 85 degrees, with clear skies, and my dear sweet Ann was reading the local e-news paper and sees a story about how this group is going up to some high Sierra lakes, to pick up trash and do good and all that warm, fuzzy feel good stuff, so she says, “It’s not ...

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Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park Hike

I felt like taking a little break from the treadmill routine for my daily cardio exercise and headed over to Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park. The day after some rain had the morning smelling so fresh, clean and fall-like for this hike. Although I walked a little over five-and-a-half miles, you can do more or less and over flatter or hillier ...

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Tuolumne Grove Parking Lot Temporarily Closed

YOSEMITE – The Tuolumne Grove parking lot in Yosemite National Park will be temporarily closed beginning Sept. 8, while improvements are made to the trailhead and parking area. During the month of September, the parking lot will close at 6 a.m. on Mondays and re-open at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays. There will be no weekend work during the month of ...

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Woodcarvers Raffle Amazing Wooden Quilt For Scholarship

OAKHURST – Some may believe that woodcarving is a nearly-lost art, but not Larry Smith, co-organizer of the Oakhurst Woodcarvers Rendezvous. In fact, Larry and others are committed to preserving the skill of woodcarving in all its forms, and are currently raising money to ensure that graduating mountain area high school students are supported in their bid to become woodcarvers, ...

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