Yosemite National Park in California will have to delay opening some facilities as winter snow and rain damaged roads, campgrounds, tent cabins and hiking trails. Half Dome and Mariposa Grove access is limited.
Cal Fire paid its workers about $855 million in 2018, up 12 percent from 2017, according to an analysis by The Bee. That included $207 million in overtime pay — the highest proportion of pay taken as overtime among state departments.
Caltrans reopened Highway 41 from Highway 145 to Road 200 on Friday afternoon, March 8, 2019. The highway had been closed due to rock slides near Rocky Cut and the risk of more rock slides extended the closure.
Highway 41 near Rocky Cut in eastern Madera County CA will remain closed, Caltrans announced Thursday afternoon, and it is unknown when it could reopen. The roadway was closed Wednesday afternoon due to rock slides.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Chawanakee Unified School District after the quotes of two LGBTQ students were removed from the yearbook at Minarets High School in O’Neals, California.
The Roman Catholic church has named a successor to Bishop Armando Ochoa to lead the Diocese of Fresno, California. Rev. Joseph V. Brennan will be the sixth bishop of the diocese when he takes over in May.
A Mariposa, CA man was arrested Friday after he attempted to meet with a minor outside of a home, investigators said. Deputies believe the man had used Facebook Messenger to communicate with the minor whom he allegedly had sex with.
Nearly 4,000 customers were without power in the foothills area of Madera, CA and Mariposa counties on Monday, March 4, 2019. A cause for the outage had yet to be determined Monday evening, according to PG&E spokesperson J.D. Guidi.
The National Weather Service warns upcoming storms in the southern Sierra Nevada in California including Yosemite National Park and Merced and Mariposa counties could bring flooding to wildfire burn scar areas.
The Sugar Pine Lumber Company’s Minarets and Western Railroad ran from Central Camp to Pinedale carrying timber to the sawmill in Pinedale. The railroad will be featured in the Fresno Flats Friday night lecture series at 6:30 p.m. on March 1 at the Fresno Flats Historical Park in Oakhurst. Historian David Rodriguez will also share the history of Pinedale and the Pinedale Assembly Center, one of 15 (12 in California) temporary detention centers housing Japanese-Americans in 1942.