The US Small Business Administration has opened up applications for disaster assistance loans of up to $2 million for small businesses impacted by the Ferguson Fire. The application deadline is June 4, 2019.
On Sept. 22, Yosemite National Park visitors will not have to worry about paying an admission fee thanks to the National Public Lands Day celebration. Admission fees will be waived at all national parks across the country.
A call recently came into the Mariposa County Sheriff’s about injured sea lions. You heard it. Sea lions. About 10 minutes before 8 p.m. Sunday a woman reported two injured sea lions near Henderson Park in Snelling, according to the sheriff’s office.
It’s summer so Yosemite is at its busiest time for tourists, according to Liz Skelton, who owns the Yosemite Blue Butterfly Inn with her husband. Closing on Highway 140 on the weekend smacks of bad planning, she said on Thursday.
The Ferguson Fire has reached 4,000 acres with just 2 percent containment and caused one fatality as it forced more than 50 people from their homes near El Portal, according to Cal Fire and the National Forest Service.
The Merced County Board of Supervisors declared a state of emergency on Thursday following recent storms that damaged roads and bridges. Flooding and road damage have also been a problem in Mariposa County.
There are some reports of localized flooding in Merced County as a storm hangs over the central San Joaquin Valley, but the most significant weather phenomenon reported early Thursday caused a closure in the foothills.
Although the Detwiler Fire that burned more than 81,000 acres in Mariposa County is nearing 100 percent containment, the 5,000 or so residents who were evacuated at one point still are putting their lives together.