Debby Carter

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Wishon Airport at Bass Lake.
Wishon Airport at Bass Lake. Sierra Star / Fresno Flats Archives

Compiled by Debby Carter from the archives of Fresno Flats Research Library and the Sierra Star

50 years ago

The new Frontier Land venture opens today at Coarsegold. Neil Gates, a partner, says picnic areas, animal rides, and an array of animals including camels, goats, deer, elk, zebras, llamas, bears, and mountain lions will be on display. Some animals will be penned; others will run loose on a plain through which a stage coach ride will pass, taking passengers to an Indian village. The other partner, Tom Myers of Bass Lake, provided nearly $30,000 worth of animals.

Mrs. Lena Wolkes and Mrs. Grace Tex will demonstrate the Indian art of “acorn making” as a part of the Sierra Indian celebration at the North Fork Recreation Center.

Midway Super Market advertises: rib steak 89 cents a pound; tomatoes and bell peppers at 15 cents per pound; bananas and oranges at 10 cents per pound, baby food 10 jars for $1; and Jello, also 10 for $1.

40 years ago

A decision to re-zone the old Bass Lake airstrip property for a condominium development has been postponed for 30 days to study the environmental and aesthetic impact of the project. The K-Lyn Corp., developers of the complex, want a zone change to allow 86 one-bedroom units or 172 hotel rooms plus dining room, coffee shop, lounge, recreation room, tennis facilities and golf course.

Congressman B. F. Sisk announced that the National Park Service has awarded a grant in the amount of $40,000 to the Yosemite Medical Group to operate an overnight medical holding facility in the park. The doctors of this group entered into a contract with the Park Service to operate the facility as a day clinic.

Any girls interested in Scottish dancing should contact Kim McCarthy. Some of the dances to be learned are the Fling, sword dances, and reels. Price will be $1 per lesson.

30 years ago

California State Mineral exhibit, reflecting the most colorful part of our history, is now officially open in Mariposa. This exhibit was most recently housed in the Ferry Building in San Francisco, and came up for grabs after the rent had been “defunded.” It represents millions of years of work by Mother Nature and 130 years by man. Over 400 specimens of rocks and minerals are on display. The permanent site will be built in Mariposa.

A proposed 242-room hotel in Fish Camp, Tenaya Lodge, was approved by Mariposa County Planners, despite protests from Fish Camp residents who requested a complete Environmental Impact Report that was turned down in favor of a Negative Declaration. Concerns were adequate water supply, impact of sewage disposal on Big Creek drainage, removal of trees, and erosion.

20 years ago

The Happy Isles area of Yosemite National Park will remain closed to all use until extensive cleanup and repair work to facilities, trails, and bridges is completed. The area was extensively damaged when the natural exfoliation of a 31,500-ton slab of granite from cliffs above fell 2,200 feet to the valley floor. One man was fatally injured in the rock fall, which resulted in a significant air blast that caused hundreds of trees to blow over in the area below the rock slide.

Construction crews were installing electrical wiring and air conditioning this week on the new full service Kaiser Medical building in Oakhurst. The new facility is slated for ribbon cutting Sept. 28, and will offer five health care providers, with 10-12 examination rooms.

The 26th annual Indian Fair Days will be held at the North Fork Recreation Center. The event will feature Indian arts and crafts booths, sports activities, and intertribal pow-wow dance contest, California tribal performers, Hawaiian performers, and Central and South American performers.