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    Not cool ... but smart

    Last Saturday 177 students and Yosemite High School staff chaperons filed onto three YHS school buses for the hour drive to the Madera Municipal Golf Course for the school’s 2016 Junior-Senior Prom.


    Grim Reminder

    The tragic death of 31-year-old Octavio Mendoza of Merced last Thursday, in the frigid waters of the Fresno River, is a grim reminder how quickly a fun, family outing in the great outdoors can quickly turn into a horrific tragedy.


    More than just names

    I almost fell out of my chair when a press release from the Park Service about name changes in Yosemite popped up on my computer. Not being April 1, I knew it wasn’t a joke.


    Fire prevention is everyone’s job

    With little snow and rain, and warm winter temperatures up and down the state, including our Mountain Area, fire officials are warning of the threat of an early and long fire season. Some say big wildland fires are inevitable.


    Simpli Charming

    A talented 16-year-old senior at Glacier Charter High School has started her own business appearing at children’s birthday parties and other events - but not as herself. Even though she entered the Children’s Museum of the Sierra last Saturday as “Ice Queen,” the first...


    Wonderful is Wonderful

    “It’s a wonderful Life - The Musical,” opened Dec. 5 at the Sierra Pines Church, and when the first of six shows ended two and a half hours later, the 50-member cast received an enthusiastic standing ovation. And for good reason. The production, directed by Heather Sconce, with...

  • NEWS

    CHP checkpoint results in citations - no DUI arrests

    In a concentrated effort to get people driving under the influence of drugs and or alcohol off the highways, the California Highway Patrol conducted a DUI/Driver License Checkpoint Friday, June 27, on Highway 41 in Coarsegold. Officers stopped 693 vehicles out of the 775 vehicles that passed through...

  • NEWS

    Bookkeeper pleads guilty to embezzlement

    A former bookkeeper for Simply Smashing, Inc., a successful t-shirt company in Oakhurst, pled guilty April 7, to two grand theft embezzlement charges and two felony identity theft charges after stealing $685,000 between 2007 and 2012 — $325,000 from Simply Smashing and an additional $360,000...


    Farm Fresh

    To the delight of lovers of farm fresh fruits and vegetables, the Bass Lake Certified Farmers Market opened for the season May 22 in The Pines Village.


    Fire destroys 26 rooms at Oakhurst Lodge

    A 19-year-old Oakhurst Lodge night attendant, Clark Oetken, is being credited with saving lives by quickly alerting hotel guests to a fire that destroyed 26 of the 62 rooms at the lodge shortly after midnight on May 23.

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