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Tree Lighting Ceremony At Tenaya Lodge

11/24/2018 @ 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm - Sparkling lights and glittering ornaments ignite “oohs” and “ahhs” as Tenaya decks the halls at the grand tree lighting ceremony on November 24th. 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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Bass Lake Courthouse Will Close, Safety Over Convenience Say Judges

OAKHURST – Judges, attorneys and interested citizens gathered last night at the Oakhurst Community Center to discuss the impending closure of the Bass Lake Courthouse. Though everyone was there to voice their opposition to the loss of the courthouse, it was apparent early on that the decision was final and would not be changed. Madera Superior Court Presiding Judge Joseph ...

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Tree Mortality Work In Madera County Update October 24

Written by Sarah Bolton – OAKHURST – Blue Ridge Services, Inc., a waste and vegetation management company hired by Madera County to oversee the county’s tree mortality mitigation project, has been making consistent progress to remove dead and dying trees near county infrastructure. Blue Ridge Services (BRS) has sent Right of Entry forms to every private residence with dead trees ...

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Campfire Restrictions Lifted On The Sierra National Forest

CLOVIS – The Sierra National Forest Bass Lake and High Sierra Ranger Districts have lifted Forest Order #05-15-18-14 Fire Restrictions, effective Oct. 22. Campfire permits are required on the Sierra National Forest for the use of campfires, charcoal fires or portable gas stoves outside of a designated recreation area even when there are no “fire restrictions” in place. These permits ...

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All Aboard The Haunted Locomotive

FISH CAMP — Something spooktacular is happening this weekend, and visitors to Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad will want to know: locomotive #15 has been taken over by Halloween spirits. Ghosts in the know say the eerie train will be rolling down the rails this on Saturday, Oct. 27. Children are encouraged to wear costumes and go trick-or-treating at the stores ...

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Highway 41 Fires Started By Vehicle Malfunction

O’NEALS – Several fires that started along Highway 41 last Friday night serve as a good reminder to everyone that fire season is not over, and that keeping your vehicle in good working order is crucial to “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire.” Just after 11 p.m. on Oct. 19, crews responded to reports of three fires burning along the ...

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Bear Incidents Drop In Yosemite, Vehicles Still A Big Threat

YOSEMITE — Over the past 20 years, Yosemite National Park officials have achieved notable results in their work to protect bears by reducing the number of incidents between bears and humans. Compared to statistics at this point in 2017 — the lowest year on record — bear incidents in 2018 are down by 50 percent and damage amounts (in dollars) ...

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Two Community Meetings On Ferguson Fire Repair Efforts

MARIPOSA – Mariposa County will host two post-Ferguson Fire community meetings over the next week. If you live in Mariposa, El Portal, Yosemite West, Foresta or any of the surrounding communities affected by the Ferguson Fire, you are invited to attend a community meeting to learn about the Burn Area Emergency Response (BAER) and interagency coordination that has taken place ...

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Susan Ann Youngquist

Susan Ann Youngquist was born on Aug. 27, 1952, in Santa Monica, Calif., and passed away on Oct. 11, 2018, at the age of 66. Susan grew up in Southern California and moved to the Oakhurst/Bass Lake area in 1976. She was an Instructional Aide for the Bass Lake Joint Union School District for over 30 years. She graduated from ...

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Cal Fire Increases Staffing In Preparation For Strong Winds

SACRAMENTO – Cal Fire firefighters are preparing for the potential of extreme fire weather across many parts of California in the coming days. The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting gusty winds and low humidity this weekend in much of northern California. On Monday, parts of southern California could experience many of the same conditions. The NWS is forecasting that ...

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