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Missing Yosemite Park Ranger Found Deceased

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park officials have announced that Ranger John Blevins Cogdell, III, an employee of the National Park Service, has been found deceased. No further details are available pending completion of an investigation, say officials in an update to the Missing Person post made yesterday on their Facebook page. “Our deepest condolences go out to his family and ...

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Portions Of Yosemite National Park To Close Ahead Of Ferguson Fire

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park officials have announced that parts of the park will be closed as the nearly 37,000 acre Ferguson Fire moves ever-eastward toward Highway 41 and the communities of Wawona and Yosemite West. Yosemite Valley and Wawona will close at noon tomorrow, July 25, to all visitors due to the ongoing impacts of the fire. These closures ...

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Madera County Breaks Ground On Health & Social Services Office Complex

MADERA – Sunny skies and pleasant weather brought a crowd of local officials, community members and staff to a groundbreaking ceremony hosted by the Madera County Board of Supervisors last Friday. The gathering marked the start of construction of a $53 million office complex which will house the Departments of Public Health and Social Services. “After several years of planning, ...

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Music From “E.T” and “Jurassic Park” Highlight Independence Day Concert

MARIPOSA – A journey through eight decades of great American Film Music will highlight the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra’s (MSO) 2018 “Independence Day Spectacular!” Concert. The concert will be presented on Saturday, June 30, at 7 p.m. in the Mariposa County Park Amphitheatre, located at 4998 County Park Road in Mariposa. The MSO is a program of the Mariposa County Arts ...

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Memorial Day Services Include Little Church On The Hill

MOUNTAIN AREA — In Oakhurst, the Little Church on the Hill at Oakhill Cemetery will hold a church service at 9 a.m. as part of area Memorial Day Ceremonies, which includes those conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8743 and Marine Corps League Griswold Mountain Detachment 1121. Ceremonies will be be held on Monday, May 28, according to the ...

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Yosemite National Park Adopts Two Wild Mustangs

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park has adopted two mustangs that were trained in the Sacramento Sheriff’s Wild Horse Program to assist Park Rangers perform a variety of duties. The six year old geldings, Drifter and Sandman, arrived in the park in early April after four months of training by inmates at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Elk Grove, CA. ...

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Hiking to Striped Rock with the Sierra Foothill Conservancy

Wildflowers were celebrating Earth Day at the Striped Rock Conservation Preserve, one of the Sierra Foothill Conservancy’s special areas that you can only visit with one of their docents. Where: Sierra Foothill Conservancy, Striped Rock Conservation Preserve Distance: 4.49 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 1,720′ – 2,160′ Date: April 22, 2018 Maps: Ben Hur Topographic Quad Dog Hike? No I ...

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Hiking with Amphibians and Reptiles on the Stockton Creek Nature Preserve

Frogs were singing and turtles were basking on logs at the Stockton Creek Nature Preserve where I learned how to identify some of our local amphibians and reptiles with the Sierra Foothill Conservancy. Where: Sierra Foothill Conservancy, Stockton Creek Nature Preserve Distance: 2.21 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 2,250′ – 2.406′ Date: April 15, 2018 Maps: Ben Hur, Buckingham Mountain ...

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Yosemite Valley Will Close On Friday, All Reservations Cancelled

YOSEMITE — Yosemite Valley will be closed to park visitors on Friday, Apr. 6, at 5 p.m., as park officials anticipate significant impacts from a storm coming in from the Pacific. All campgrounds and visitor lodging in Yosemite Valley will close Friday afternoon, and reservations for Friday evening, Apr. 6, and Saturday evening, Apr. 7, have been cancelled. Overnight and ...

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Yosemite Cancels Some Campsite Reservations Ahead Of Storm

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park expects significant impacts from a storm coming in from the Pacific. Storm activity is expected to impact Yosemite National Park and the surrounding area on Friday, Apr. 6 through Sunday, Apr. 8. Park roadways, campgrounds, and other facilities may be impacted. Reservations for campsites at North Pines Campground, and some campsites at Lower Pines Campground, ...

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