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Mountain Area Ski School Cancels Season

MADERA COUNTY – The lack of snow and the cost of insurance for a very short season has forced the cancellation of this year’s Mountain Area Ski School (MASS) program. “It is with great displeasure that we announce that the MASS season of 2014 will have to be cancelled,” said organizer Matt Casey in an email to volunteers. Casey says ...

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Winners Of Yosemite Short Film Contest

YOSEMITE – The first Youth in Yosemite Short Film Contest has announced its winners for 2014. “We received a wide array of entries celebrating Yosemite from many different perspectives and through unique film styles,” say organizers. “Judging is always exciting and of course, a very difficult task, and we thank everyone who participated as a judge and honor all of ...

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Yosemite Ranger Receives Prestigious Award

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park Ranger Aaron Smith received the Pacific West Region Harry Yount Award, given annually for excellence in “rangering.” Smith was recognized for his overall impact, record of accomplishments, and excellence in traditional ranger duties. He will be considered, along with six other National Park Service regional award winners, for the National Harry Yount Award.

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Fiesta For Kidney Donor Is From the Heart

COARSEGOLD – Kidney donor Eric Wynne and his family were stunned by the turnout on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Coarsegold Community Center, when over 400 people came out to support him, his wife Tina and their family. The event was called Fiesta for a Future, and community members are determined to ensure a healthy future for Sheila Moreno, who ...

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Badger Pass Ski Area Re-Opens

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park’s Badger Pass Ski Area opens for downhill skiing on Saturday, Feb. 8, after the recent storms in Yosemite National Park. The free shuttle to and from Badger Pass from Yosemite National Park lodges will begin service on opening date.

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Station 10 Firefighters Temporarily Displaced

YOSEMITE LAKES PARK – An incident at Station 10 will require the temporary relocation of firefighting equipment, but Captain Haynes says it’s not going to stop the dedicated volunteers from doing their jobs. On Tuesday, Engine 10 was being moved out of the bay for service when it struck a structural beam, causing safety concerns regarding building integrity and prompting ...

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Golden Chain Presents Ken Burns Film On Yosemite

OAKHURST – Don’t miss a special presentation of Ken Burns’s Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit, a documentary film produced to honor the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act. Signed on June 30, 1864 by President Abraham Lincoln, the Act was created to preserved Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. It was also the first time a ...

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YHS Students Arrested For Felony Vandalism

OAKHURST – Two Yosemite High School students are facing felony vandalism charges for egging cars in the Minarets High School parking lot last Thursday, Jan. 30, in O’Neals. Sheriff John Anderson says video surveillance, along with tips provided by both adults and students, led Deputy Sheriff Gerald Marin to the two suspects, Alex Roger Mears,18, of Oakhurst, and a 17-year-old, ...

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YHS Wins Academic Decathlon, Chawanakee Second

MADERA COUNTY – Yosemite High School won the 2014 Academic Decathlon held on Feb. 1 for the 21st consecutive year. Chawanakee Academy took second, and Chowchila Union came in third. The Academic Decathlon team from Yosemite High School will go on to compete in the California Academic Decathlon State Finals on March 21-23 in Sacramento. Yosemite High School scored 35,051.9 ...

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Nelder Grove Dog Hike

We chose a hike close by where we had Giant Sequoias all to ourselves and our crazy dogs could stretch their legs. If you have never visited Nelder Grove, it is a small grove of Giant Sequoias, full of local history and relics from the logging that occurred in the 1880s.

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