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It’s A Big Deal When Fourth Graders Visit Sierra Tel

By Dawn Williams —  OAKHURST — Going on a field trip is always exciting. Sierra Tel recently rolled out the “red carpet” to arrange an informative field trip for Oakhurst Elementary School’s 59 fourth grade students. It was a great day to see their operations and meet some of their employees. Students learned about Spool Forest, fiber optics, cables, and ...

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Public Comment Period Open For Big Oak Flat Welcome Center

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park has announced the release of the Big Oak Flat Welcome Center Complex Environmental Assessment (EA). The public comment period for the EA is open until Dec. 20. The EA describes and analyzes one action alternative to improve visitor experience, address deferred maintenance, improve safety, and increase operational efficiency at the Big Oak Flat Welcome Center ...

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Hiking from May Lake toward Mount Hoffmann

“Ramble to the summit of Mount Hoffmann, eleven thousand feet high, the highest point in life’s journey my feet have yet touched.” (John Muir: My First Summer in the Sierra, 1911, p. 199.) We rambled in John Muir’s footsteps but didn’t make it to the top. We did explore around beautiful May Lake, up along the mountain, and even spotted ...

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Daniel A Lyons

Daniel A Lyons, 68, resident of Coarsegold, Calif., lost his battle to pancreatic cancer on Nov. 20, 2018 at 4:40 p.m. where he was surrounded by his family in his home. Dan moved to Coarsegold in 2010 where he began his realtor journey with Century 21 Ditton. He was presented with the Century 21 Ruby Award as well as the ...

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Winter Storm Warning For Sierra Nevada High Country

MOUNTAIN AREA — The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Sierra Nevada above 7,000-feet, from Yosemite National Park to Kings Canyon and the Tulare County Mountains. The Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21 through 8 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22. Heavy snow is possible with total snow accumulations of ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log Through Nov. 18

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Nov. 12, to Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. Ahwahnee trash dump and vandalism to residence gate On Monday, Nov. 12 at 8:57 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to the 45000 block of Sno Flake Lane for a report of a trash dump and ...

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Winter Operations Begin In Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park has announced that winter operations in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias to begin on Friday, Nov. 30. The Mariposa Grove will be closed to automobiles for the winter season beginning on Friday. The Mariposa Grove Shuttle Service also ends for the season on Nov. 30. Visitors can use the South Entrance parking area and ...

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Tree Mortality Work In Madera County Update Nov. 18

Written by Sarah Bolton – MADERA COUNTY – Hello Madera County residents! Welcome to the Tree Mortality Community Column. Our company, Blue Ridge Services (BRS), is partnering with Madera County to oversee and implement their tree mortality mitigation project. November is in full swing, but the risk of fires is still high in Madera County and surrounding areas. With cooler ...

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Hiking up to Bingaman Lake on a Chilly Day

A weather forecast of 16 degrees and 25 mph winds didn’t deter us from bundling up and heading to the Kuna Crest for my last fishing adventure for this year. Icy creeks led the way to Bingaman Lake where we also met up with some beautiful wildlife. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 8.65 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: ...

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Philip Steven Girmant – “An Amazing Life”

Philip Steven Girmant – February 14, 1935 – November 7, 2018 Philip Steven Girmant was born in Rochester, NY, on Valentine’s Day in 1935, to Anthony Josephus Girmantas and Marie Imogene Rossiter. His father, Tony, was born in Lithuania and came to New York as a small boy. In the 1930s, Tony served in the U.S. Army. Philip’s mother was ...

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