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Feeling ‘Blessed’ After Tree Falls On Jeep In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — The massive tree mortality in the central Sierra and Yosemite National Park is something locals are always well aware of but, for two visitors from Sacramento, the reality hit home in a big way last week. Having spent the day exploring Yosemite National Park on Sunday, July 7, visitors Mike and Debbie Sanchez suddenly found themselves in the ...

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Ahwahnee Residents Reflect On D-Day Ceremonies

AHWAHNEE — When the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France was commemorated last month on June 6, Ahwahnee residents John and Jannai Pero attended the ceremonies with family members. Their son, currently stationed in Germany, was part of the paratrooper drop reenactment of the historic day over 12,000 paratroopers dropped behind enemy lines in Normandy to help defeat the ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Hearst Castle

By Sal Maccarone — I am writing a series of articles exclusively for Sierra News Online on the subject of art — a very broad subject I will tailor specifically to enlighten our mountain area readers. Chronicling places with a fairly close proximity to us, the focus will be why they’re important, as well as on specific artists and their ...

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Glacier Point Road To Remain Closed Through The Weekend

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park officials have announced that the Glacier Point Road will remain closed to all vehicular traffic, including bicycles, through Sunday, May 19, due to current snow and ice accumulation on the road, and incoming winter storm systems that are expected to result in additional snow accumulation above 5,000 feet. Glacier Point Road will remain closed until ...

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Hello, Traveler! Tourism Continues To Enrich Our Economy

MADERA COUNTY – The numbers are in and it’s clear Madera County continued to thrive from visitor spending in 2018. Visit California’s latest economic impact report demonstrates visitor spending reached $338.8 million and supported 4,230 jobs in Madera County, a 4.4 percent boost from last year. This growth highlights the ongoing importance of tourism to the region and California’s economy. ...

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Carving Sessions And Demos At Woodcarvers Rendezvous

OAKHURST — The 12th annual Oakhurst Woodcarvers Rendezvous at the Oakhurst Community Center comes to town during the week of Sunday, Apr. 7 through Saturday, Apr. 13, 2019. “This special week of carving is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family and we would like to extend a special invitation to you to come and join us,” says organizer ...

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Yosemite Experience Pavilion Takes Best Of Show At L.A. Event

OAKHURST – The 2019 “Best of Show Regional Pavilion” award at the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show in February went to the Yosemite Experience. This is the USA’s largest series of travel shows and was held at the LA Convention Center. The event set a new record with nearly 38,000 active travel enthusiasts and tourism trade attending, making it ...

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Visitor Services Limited In Yosemite Due To Gov’t Shutdown

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park is open, however visitor services are limited due to the lapse in federal appropriations. During the government shutdown, national parks are working to remain as open and accessible to the American people as possible, say park officials. Unfortunately, Wawona Campground and Hodgdon Meadow Campground are closed due to impacts from human waste and public safety ...

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Traffic Delays On Highway 140 For Ferguson Fire Repair Work

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is beginning an emergency project to rehabilitate and make repairs to State Route 140 from Briceburg to Yosemite National Park. The work is needed after the Ferguson Fire burned through the region. Work is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Nov. 13, and will occur during both day and night hours into April ...

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Highway Widening Project On SR99 Through Madera

MADERA – Work is expected to begin soon on a project to widen Highway 99 through Madera, taking it from four lanes to six. At its October 2018 meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 17, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved State Route 99 (SR99) Bond Program funding for widening State Route 99 in Madera from Avenue 12 to Avenue 17. “The ...

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