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Hiking From Olmsted Point to Mount Watkins

We had the trail and amazing views all to ourselves. From Mount Watkins, it felt like we could almost reach out and touch Half Dome, Clouds Rest, and Tenaya Canyon. Well, kind of . . . Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 8.6 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Range: 7,996′ – 8,497′ Date: November 12, 2019 Maps: Falls Ridge, Hetch ...

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Kops For Kids to Host Softball Tourney Fundraiser

Softball tournament flyer

MARIPOSA — Softball in December anyone? As a fundraiser for their Kops for Kids Program, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sheriff’s Association is hosting a softball tournament on Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8. Team entry fees are $225, or $150 per team, if each team member provides a new, unwrapped toy. For additional information, or to register a ...

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Celebration of Life for Kenneth Bruce Upcraft, Sr.

Picture of Kenneth Upcraft

Kenneth Bruce Upcraft, Sr. passed away on October 19, 2019, after a brief illness. He was born on July 13, 1928, in Minetto, NY, to Kenneth and Mary Ellen (Stevens) Upcraft. He grew up in Hannibal, NY, and graduated from Hannibal High School in 1945. Kenneth joined the U.S. Army on October 2, 1946, serving honorably with the 8th Army ...

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YNP to Host Public Meeting on Curry Former Waste Disposal Site

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park is hosting a public meeting on the remediation of the Curry Former Waste Disposal Site. All members of the public interested in learning about this project are welcome to join park staff at the Yosemite Valley Auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. From 1:00 to 1:30 p.m., employees with the National ...

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Newly Appointed YNP Superintendent to Start in Early 2020

Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Cicely Muldoon, Yosemite National Park’s newly appointed acting superintendent, will be arriving in the park sometime in January 2020, according to the most recent update from the National Park Service. Details are still being worked out regarding Muldoon’s schedule but park officials said this week the new acting superintendent will not be doing any media interviews ...

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Two Veterans to Celebrate on Veteran’s Day 2019

Editor’s Note: SNO photojournalist Leonard Andrenacci caught up with two area veterans today. They may be exactly fifty years apart in age but their patriotism –and the debt of gratitude they’re owed by this nation — is timeless. OAKHURST — The Mountain Area community observed Veteran’s Day Monday at ceremonies scheduled to take place at a number of local venues. ...

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Hiking Through History on the Yosemite Valley Loop

We hiked on a trail full of history that included an old wagon road and the old Civilian Conservation Corps camp known as CCC Co. 920, YNP 6. Camp Cascades started in 1933 and the men who worked there created many elements within Yosemite National Park that we pass by each time we visit. We also saw some fall color ...

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Tenaya Lodge – Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

11/30/2019 @ 6:45 pm - 9:45 pm - Sparkling lights and glittering ornaments ignite “oohs” and “ahhs” as Tenaya decks the halls at the grand tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 30. While munching cookies, sipping cocoa and rubbing elbows with Santa, guests can marvel as the lodge’s towering tree is set aglow and the lobby is transformed into a cheery holiday haven. Staying [...]

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John Muir And Theodore Roosevelt In Yosemite Presentation By Tom Bopp

11/18/2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Come join local historian Tom Bopp for a look at some of the history surrounding John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt in Yosemite National Park. These two names are virtually synonymous with the foundation of what we know as Yosemite. Mr. Bopp will present their historic camping trip using archival images and film. It should be [...]

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