Community News for 5/23/13 edition

May 22, 2013 

Deadwood auto accident May 15

An unidentified 23-year-old Fresno female intentionally drove her car off Highway 41, south of Victoria Lane, striking a tree at about 7:30 a.m. on May 16.

The driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was transported to a Fresno hospital with minor injuries and was released two days later.

Half Dome cables in place Friday

The cables on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be in place and open for the season on Friday, May 24, 2013, weather permitting. The cables provide access to the summit of Half Dome, one of Yosemite's most popular hikes.

Visitors are required to have a permit to ascend the Half Dome cables seven days per week. The majority of the permits were distributed through a lottery system that ended in March. However, approximately 50 permits per day are available through a two day in advance lottery. Visitors without a Half Dome permit wishing to hike the cables may enter the lottery two days in advance of their planned day hike by visiting or by calling 1-877-444-6777. For more information regarding the lottery and the Half Dome cables, please visit

The trail to Half Dome from Yosemite Valley is an extremely strenuous hike covering over 17 miles. Hikers gain 4,800 feet of elevation along the trail that passes highlights such as Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall, before reaching the cables on Half Dome's steep granite shoulder. Metal cables and wooden planks are placed along the steep shoulder of the dome to assist hikers to the summit.

Visitors are advised to take appropriate precautions when planning a hike of this length and difficulty, and to be prepared for changing weather and trail conditions. Thunder and lightning are common occurrences in the High Sierra during the summer and fall seasons. Hikers should not attempt to summit Half Dome when rain or thunderstorms are forecasted and are advised to use extreme caution when the rocks are wet.

Fundraising concert in North Fork

A fundraising concert will be held at 5:30 p.m., Friday, June 14 at Three Springs, 59820 Road 225, as a benefit for the North Fork Chamber of Commerce's new visitor center.

Two bands, The Sierra Jazz Band and Bootstrap Circus, will perform during the evening. The Sierra Jazz Band plays standards from the 30s to the 90s and Bootstrap Circus combines rock and folk with eastern European influences.

Tickets cost $20.

Details: Scott Marsh, (559) 877-6300, Susan Joy,

Academic Decathlon

The United States Academic Decathlon has announced the 2013-2014 Academic Decathlon theme is World War I. This year's Super Quiz topic will include questions based on six subject areas including art, economics, literature, music, science and social science.

The Madera County Academic Decathlon will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 with six high schools slated to participate. Schools include Chawanakee Academy, Chowchilla High, Liberty High, Madera High, Madera South High, and Yosemite High Schools. Team members will be announced in December.

Students will take tests in the areas of art, economics, essay, language and literature, math, music, science, and social science. Students will also participate in speech and interview events. As part of the literature test, participants will read the book The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.

This will be Madera County's 32st year participating in the Academic Decathlon hosted by Madera County Office of Education.

Course in Miracles study group

A Miracles Study Group will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Positive Living Center, 49269 Golden Oak Drive in Oakhurst.

It is a discussion group open and free to the public and will be led by ministerial staff at the center. The course goes over basic spiritual principles of forgiveness and what it really means.

Details: Positive Living Center, (559) 642-4616 or Rev. Linda Angel, (559) 641-5980.

Photo club event June 12

Mariposa Photo Club welcomes the public to a June 12 photo-shoot trip to Bear Valley, where professionals will provide a camera workshop.

Those interested are asked to meet at 5 p.m. at the Mariposa History Center to form carpools to historic Bear Valley, the town that once had plush hotels, restaurant and fancy homes when gold mining was at its peak in the 1800s.

Some buildings, including the Bon Ton Saloon, Trabucco Store, Odd Fellows Hall and a school house and jail remain and are favorites of photographers.

Details: (209) 966-3374.

National photo contest

Diane Bohna has entered a national TV photography contest and needs 245 votes for her cowboy photo to make it to the next round. Anyone interested can se the photo and vote at:

Dance recital

Velocity Dance Company, Oakhurst, will be hosting their first annual Mountain Area Dancer's Showcase at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 31 at the Yosemite High School Theater.

"We are very pleased to have the Mariposa Academy of Performing Arts as well as the Mariposa High School Dance Club joining with dancers that range from six to 17 years in age," said Sadhna Neill.

The ticket cost of $12 ($6 for children) includes refreshments and tickets for door prizes.

Details: Sadhna Neill, (559) 676-4252.

Red Cross shelter training June 5

The public is invited to participate in a Red Cross shelter operation workshop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 5 at St. Joachim's Holy Spouses Hall, 310 North I Street, Fresno.

Details: Marisol Torres,

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