All six cities in Merced County were given an F, scoring few points on the 2019 American Lung Association report card, as were the cities in Madera County. Some Mariposa and Stanislaus areas did better.
Employees are back in Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon national parks as the federal government shutdown has come to an end temporarily. Workers are expected to be paid again & seasonal visitors to return.
National parks, like Yosemite in California, could get help to combat trash and human waste that has built since the federal government’s partial shutdown began on Dec. 22, 2018. The Park Service may use visitor fees.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the Mariposa, Madera, and Fresno County Foothills from 8:30 a.m. Monday to 10 a.m. Tuesday. Fallen trees have been reported near Bass Lake and Oakhurst.
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.