Community News for 7/17/14 edition

July 15, 2014 

Diabetes Alert Dogs at Oakhurst Library event

The Oakhurst Library will offer a special event — a presentation on Diabetes Alert Dogs (DADs) — at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 19, in the Community Room.

Jeremy and Alicia Becker of Oakhurst, along with their six children, are on a mission to breed and train DADs — dogs trained to alert diabetic owners before their blood sugar levels become dangerous. The Beckers will bring one or two of their trained dogs to the event so that the audience can meet them up close.

Details: (559) 683-4838.

Business opportunity in Yosemite National Park

The National Park Service has announced it is soliciting proposals to operate overnight accommodations, food and beverage, retail, auto fuel, recreation activities, and other related services within Yosemite National Park.

This is open to all interested parties; offers must be received by 4 p.m., Pacific Standard Time, on Thursday, Nov. 20. Send to National Park Service, Pacific West Regional Office, attention: Kimberly Gagliolo, NPS Commercial Services Specialist, 333 Bush Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, Calif. 94104.

The proposal is available online at, There is a $50 fee for a printed copy of the proposal.

The new concession contract is scheduled to begin March 1, 2016 and will be issued for a term of 15 years. This is the park's primary concession operation and the largest concession contract in the National Park System.

Details: Kimberly Gagliolo (415) 623-2227 or

New Willow Creek History Bus Tour

Reservations are now being taken to travel back in time from the Coarsegold Museum to historic North Fork and Bass Lake, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, September 6. There will be running commentary by author, Marcia Freedman, on the history of the area. Other presentations include Archaeologist Ranger Erin Potter, and Mono Historian and author of Walking Where We Lived, Galen D. Lee.

Enjoy a picnic at Manzanita Lake; visit the historic Wishon boat ramp at Bass Lake, learn about the reforestation project at the Dam, and return to Coarsegold Historic Museum for dessert. Cost $40 inclusive. Preregistration required.

Details: Kay Good (559) 642-4242, or

Scenic Byway Willow Creek Tour, July 26

Join Marcia Freedman, author of 'Willow Creek History' for a short walk to Chilicoot Lake and Willow Creek. The hike will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, July 26. Meet at the Bass Lake Post Office parking lot.

Moderate hiking. Bring swimming gear for a dip in the creek, and a lunch or stop by Jones Store on the way down the hill. Drinks provided by the Scenic Byway Association.

Details: Doug Waltner, (559) 877-2760; or

Town Hall meeting

Supervisor Tom Wheeler's next Town Hall meeting will be held 6-8 p.m., Thursday, August 7, at the North Fork Rancheria Community Center (56900 Kuhugib Road). This meeting was originally scheduled for July 31, but has been pushed back one week.

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