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Forest Service Recruits Miami Mountain Lookouts

MOUNTAIN AREA – From atop the mountain perch overlooking a vast expanse of green, eyes are carefully trained to spot the early tell-tale signs of forest fire. A wisp of smoke triggers a series of actions that can mean the difference between safety and catastrophe. In the relative safety of winter, recruitment begins for a new crop of Forest Service ...

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Oakhurst Woodcarvers’ Rendezvous

OAKHURST – The California Carvers Guild, along with the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Yosemite/Madera County, are proud to bring you the 9th Annual Woodcarver’s Rendezvous at the Oakhurst Community Center during the week of Apr. 17-23. Woodcarvers travel from far and wide to attend this unique event located just outside Yosemite’s southern entrance along Highway 41. “This ...

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Yosemite National Park To Change Historic Names

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announced today that the names of several buildings and facilities within the park will be renamed to eliminate potential trademark infringement issues with the current concessioner of Yosemite, DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. (DNCY), a subsidiary of the Delaware North Companies. The name changes will impact several iconic buildings and ...

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New Smoking And Vaping Rules Include Smoke-Free Parks

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Under a new ordinance, Mariposa County joins other California jurisdictions in prohibiting electronic smoking devices, along with tobacco, in select parks, sports fields, a farmers market, YARTS bus stops and certain recreational areas. The goal is to reduce the public’s exposure to chemicals and keep kids away from ever-new ways to ingest harmful tobacco products in a ...

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Preserving Yokuts Languages: A Beautiful Complexity

COARSEGOLD – At a time when indigenous languages are routinely threatened with extinction around the world, it’s reassuring to know that native speakers and cooperating scholars in this neighborhood are working together to preserve what precious words remain. One of those people is local educator Heather McGrew. Achieving a personal milestone that is bound to impact history, Heather received her ...

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Yosemite Ranger Honored For Superior Service

YOSEMITE — Park Ranger Shelton Johnson has been honored with the Department of Interior’s Award for Superior Service. Shelton receives this award in recognition of his passion for connecting minorities to parks, his meticulous research that forms the basis of his innovative interpretive programs, and his superlative ability to articulate powerful messages for the National Park Service. Park Ranger Shelton ...

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Ribbon Cutting At Coarsegold Tax Services

COARSEGOLD – A ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday celebrated the opening of a brand new business in Coarsegold. “We’re happy to introduce our latest member, Coarsegold Tax Services, to the community,” said Coarsegold Chamber President Dave Wolin. “Felecia Vernon Chancey, owner of Coarsegold Tax Services, is a CPA and is well known as a professional in the tax and accounting ...

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Yosemite National Park 125th Anniversary Celebration

YOSEMITE – Approximately 1500 people attended a ceremony in Yosemite Valley on Thursday, Oct. 1 to commemorate the park’s 125th Anniversary. The ceremony included remarks from Park Superintendent Don Neubacher, a living history portrayal of John Muir, a Native American blessing and songs, and 400 students from the Yosemite area and Central Valley. The special guest for the day was ...

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Fireman’s Parade And Memorial Service Honors Frank Verduzco

NORTH FORK  – The memorial for Frank Verduzco will be held this Saturday, Oct. 3.  A full fireman’s parade will begin at 10 a.m, go through town, and end at the Town Hall. Folks are invited to the Town Hall at noon to remember Frank and support his daughters. “Please come out to send him off in style,” says daughter ...

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