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Construction on Tioga Road Through 2015

YOSEMITE – Road construction on the Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park began this week, and will continue through Sept. 30, 2015. This two-year rehabilitation project is a multi-phased construction project that encompasses improvements to the Tuolumne Grove Parking Lot and the Tioga Road Corridor.

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Busy Summer Weekends Expected In Yosemite Valley

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park anticipates a robust 2014 summer season and offers tips to visitors on how to best enjoy the Yosemite Region during the park’s 150th Anniversary Year. On average, Yosemite National Park sees 3.8 million visitors annually; approximately 55% of those visitors arrive between June and September.

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Sturgeon's Mill

I took a little outing to an old mill in the forest near Sebastopol today. It only operates about three times a year, by old timer volunteers. I just glanced at the names on this photo list and did a nostalgia trip. So many old friends I haven’t seen in such a long time

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Special Spring Tours At Hearst Castle

CALIFORNIA — Historic and beautiful Hearst Castle is now offering new tours for a limited time, so interested visitors may want to book a trip now. Along with six tours already available, two have been added specifically for the spring season: a guided tour of the gardens, as well as a semi-private, special focus tour entitled “Hearst and Hollywood.” The ...

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Madera County Featured In Discover America

OAKHURST – Popular travel guide Discover America recently featured portions of Madera County, touting the area’s diversity of environment through the eyes and words of a world-traveling British blogger who knows a thing or two about where to go and how to get there. “Surrounded by steep mountains, lush meadows and breathtaking waterfalls, it was hard to believe that I ...

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Local Samaritan Helps Typhoon Haiyan Victims In Philippines

Submitted by a California Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Ministry volunteer – You haven’t heard or seen it rain until you’ve experienced the thundering waterfall of a tropical downpour on a metal roof. You certainly don’t want to be in a tent or worse under that cascade. The rainy season is rapidly approaching in the Philippines and thousands of Filipinos are ...

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Drones Prohibited In Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park advises visitors that the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) are prohibited within park boundaries due to regulations outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Specifically, the use of drones within the park boundaries is illegal under all circumstances. Thirty Six CFR 2.17(a)(3) states, “delivering or retrieving a person or object by parachute, helicopter, ...

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Tioga Road Opens Early This Year

YOSEMITE – The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season on Friday, May 2, at noon for all vehicular traffic. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada. Vault toilets are available in several locations along the road. Limited visitor services will be available ...

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Point Reyes National Seashore

It’s a beautiful drive from charming Victorian Petaluma to spectacular Point Reyes National Seashore, a great way to spend Easter on a glorious day. I picked today to try out my new hiking camera (Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS200), but forgot to put a battery in it. Fortunately I brought the Nikon along. We loved our former mountain area but Northern California ...

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Caution – New Stop Signs On Road 426

OAKHURST – Motorists along Road 426 at the new bridge construction at Road 425B need to be aware of stop signs temporarily installed at that intersection. There is now a 3-way stop to allow those entering off of 425B to safely enter the roadway, and there are reports that many are blowing through those stop signs, having never had to ...

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