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Register Now For Interpreting Yosemite Artist Retreat

OAKHURST — Two local nonprofit organizations have banded together in order to produce a collaborative event and the public, from near and far, is invited to join in. Registration is now open for Yosemite Western Artists (YWA) Interpreting Yosemite Artist Retreat & Creative Event at the Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst (ECCO). There are two ways to join in. In each ...

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Become A Volunteer At Visit Yosemite | Madera County

Written by Judi Hussain – OAKHURST – Have you lived here for years, or are you new to Madera County? Are you looking to get acquainted or want to learn more about the area? Do you have a passion for Yosemite National Park that you’d like to share with the world? Visit Yosemite | Madera County may have a place ...

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Half Dome Preseason Lottery To Open Next Week

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park officials announced today that the 2019 preseason lottery for Half Dome permits will open at 7 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, Mar. 13. All hikers are required to have permits to ascend the subdome steps and the Half Dome cables when the cables are in place. Park Rangers install the Half Dome cables each spring and ...

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Yosemite Winter Rangers: Snowpack And Grosbeaks

YOSEMITE — Tuolumne Winter Rangers Laura and Rob Pilewski latest report from the field indicates snowpack conditions are above average for this time of year, and the grosbeaks are chirping in the pines. New snow: 14 inches Total settled snow depth: 90 inches (at 8,600 feet) High temperature: 40°F (February 26) Low temperature: -12°F (February 22) Ski Conditions and Weather February is ...

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Preseason Lottery For Half Dome Permits Will Be Delayed

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park officials have announced that the 2019 preseason lottery for Half Dome permits will be delayed “due to a transition to a new contracted provider.” The preseason lottery for the popular hike typically opens on Mar. 1. No date has yet been determined as to when the lottery will open this year. All hikers are required ...

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Visitor Fatality On The Mist Trail In Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE – A 56-year-old visitor was killed while hiking on a closed trail in Yosemite National Park over the weekend, say park officials. At approximately 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, Xuan Wang, from Cupertino, Calif., was hiking on the Mist Trail when she was struck by falling rock and ice. She succumbed to her injuries soon thereafter. The Mist ...

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Good News For Recreation Say Winter Rangers

YOSEMITE — Tuolumne Winter Rangers Laura and Rob Pilewski latest report from the field and they come bearing good news about the snow pack. New snow: 39 inches Total settled snow depth: 92 inches (at 8,600 feet) High temperature: 32°F (February 14) Low temperature: -17°F (February 19) Ski Conditions and Weather This week continued the February weather trend of cold and wet. ...

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Highways And Ski Area Closed In Yosemite Due To Heavy Snow

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park officials have announced that due to weather conditions, Highway 120 West (Big Oak Flat Road) is temporarily closed, Highway 41 (Wawona Road) is closed from the south entrance to Wawona, and the Glacier Point Road is closed, as is the Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. UPDATE 12:47 p.m. – Highway 41 has reopened. R2 chains ...

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All Types Of Winter Weather: Tuolumne Rangers Report

YOSEMITE — Tuolumne Winter Rangers Laura and Rob Pilewski return to give us another peek into what’s happening in the wilderness areas of the park, with their weekly stories from the field. New snow: 43 inches Total settled snow depth: 93 inches (at 8,600 feet) High temperature: 35°F (February 13) Low temperature: -16°F (February 11) Ski Conditions and Weather It was nice ...

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Heavy Snow Closes Highways 41 and 120 Inside Yosemite

YOSEMITE – Due to heavy snow accumulation, Highways 41 and 120 are closed within Yosemite National Park. This is a hard closure and will remain in effect until conditions change allowing for safe opening, say park officials. For all current road conditions within the park, call 209-372-0200 (dial 1, then 1 again). For current information on highways near Yosemite, click ...

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