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Update: 9:40 P.M. Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park Update for Friday Evening, August 23, 2013

Rim Fire Near Yosemite National Park Modis Maps and Fire Photos for Friday Evening, August 23, 2013
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Red Cross Prepares Additional Shelters to Receive Rim Fire Evacuees

The Rim Fire in Tuolumne County continues to spread, leading to the evacuation of additional communities threatened by the blaze.
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Updated: Evening News Station Videos
Reminder the evacuation is an advisory!
Flames approach Sierra foothill communities; advisories issued

Rim Fire Causing Detours To Yosemite National Park, Not Deterring Visitors
Rim Fire rages past 105,620 acres
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Update: 4:03 P.M - Rim Fire Advisory Evacuation Order for the City of Tuolumne and Ponderosa Hills    
Notice: The First Order was erroneous on the InciWeb Site - Corrected to an an Advisory
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Rim Fire Near Yosemite National Park Progression Map for Friday, August 23, 2013
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Rim Fire Community Meeting Scheduled for Friday Evening, August 23, 2013

Satellite View of the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park on Thursday August 22, 2013
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Update: 9:25 A.M. - Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park Perimeter Map For Friday, August 23, 2013

Update: 8:53 A. M.  9:15 A.M.  9:49 A.M. - Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park Update for Friday, August 23, 2013
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California State Senator Tom Berryhill Commends Governor Brown's Quick Response to State of Emergency Request for the Rim Fire
“The Governor’s action today helps get much needed resources to the county and will also help when seeking federal disaster relief,” said Senator Berryhill.
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Rim Fire Near Yosemite National Park Modis Maps and Fire Photos for Friday Morning, August 23, 2013
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Rim Fire Near Yosemite National Park Forces Cancellation of Strawberry Music Festival

Stanislaus National Forest Announces Public Closure of Forest Near Rim Fire
Map of closure included.

Expanding Rim Fire has California Governor Jerry Brown Declare State of Emergency in Tuolumne County

Rim Fire Evacuation Order for Ferretti Road and Other Area Evacuation Advisories

Rim Fire Health Issues for Residents of Tuolumne County

Red Cross Prepares for more Evacuations as Rim Fire Continues to Burn
The Sonora Fairgrounds has made most of their facilities available to the Red Cross for Rim Fire evacuations and has the ability to accommodate as many as 1,000 residents should the need arise. 

Tuolumne County Scanner

TODAY: Mariposa County Planning Commission Meeting Agenda for Friday, August 23, 2013

Mariposa Friday Weather Forecast 
A fabulous day! Sunny today with the high temps cooling off a few degrees from yesterday's high temp in Mariposa. Mariposa topped out at 93.4 degrees yesterday at the SST Weather Station, 2.5 degrees cooler than Wednesday's high temp. The weekends high temps in Mariposa will range from 90 degrees on Saturday to 88 degrees on Sunday.
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City of Homestead to Provide Free Trolley Transportation to Everglades National Park

Mariposa County Daily Sheriff and Booking Report Thursday, August 22, 2013

Fish Camp Fire Rescue Association to Host 36th Annual BBQ & Auction on September 1, 2013
The Fish Camp Fire Rescue Association is hosting its 36th Annual BBQ & Auction Sunday, September 1, 2013. The Chicken and Tri Tip BBQ begins at 11:00 a.m. The Live Auction begins at 1:00 p.m. This year we are having a Silent Auction...

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Weekend Special Edition Out & About
Special Weekend Out and About Edition

TODAY: Mariposa County Arts Council Presents Mariposa Evenings Music In The Art Park On August 23 & 24, 2013
Cousin Jack’s Mariposa Evenings - brought to you by The Mariposa County Arts Council and its many fine sponsors – continues into its sixth weekend of twelve, presenting, live, in concert, The Franklin & DeWitt Band on Friday, August 23, and Good Medicine on Saturday, August 24...

Today in Area News
Fresno judge says water can be released for salmon
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UCLA Reports U.S. Could Allow State-Approved Marijuana Commerce in Return for Help From States
The decisions by voters in Washington and Colorado to allow the taxed and licensed sale of marijuana put the Justice Department in a difficult position.

California Department of Public Health Proposes Nation’s First Drinking Water Standard for Hexavalent Chromium
“California is the first and only state in the nation to establish a maximum contaminant level specifically for chromium-6 in drinking water,” said Dr. Ron Chapman, CDPH director and public health officer.

CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS Reports July 2013 Equity Home Sales Continue Sharp Upward Trend
Equity home sales continued to grow in July, increasing on a monthly basis for 17 of the last 18 months.

Update: 7:56 P.M. 8/22/13: Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park Update for Thursday Evening, August 22, 2013 

Update: 5:45 P.M. 8/22/13: Rim Fire Near Yosemite National Park Modis Map and Fire Photos for Thursday, August 22, 2013
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Rim Fire Near Yosemite National Park Perimeter Map for Thursday, August 22, 2013
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Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park Update for Thursday Morning, August 22, 2013

Update:4:49 P.M. 8/21/13: Rim Fire Modis Map and Fire Photos for Wednesday, August 21, 2013
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Yosemite National Park Weekly Traffic Forecast For August 22 - August 28, 2013

Mariposa County Daily Sheriff and Booking Report Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Festivities Planned as National Park Service Turns 97 on August 25, 2013
Celebrate with special events and FREE entrance to national parks. On Sunday, August 25, the National Park Service turns 97 years old. To celebrate, admission to all national parks will be free so that everyone can join in the festivities taking place coast-to-coast. 

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U.S. Travelers Prioritize Social Networks When They Log Online

UCLA Reports Lower-Cost Drug Substitutions Could Mean Big Savings for Medicare Patients, Government
As everyone knows, medications are expensive, and even with insurance coverage, patients' out-of-pocket drug costs can be quite hefty.

California Governor Jerry Brown Appoints Turlock Resident to California Air Resources Board
John Eisenhut, 67, of Turlock, has been appointed to the California Air Resources Board.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Seeks Public Help to Closely Monitor Health of Salmon on Klamath River
Drought conditions mixed with a larger than normal return of salmon elevate concerns of fish die offs.

Poachers Sentenced to Hard Labor Program in Southern California for Illegally Catching Fish
In July 2013, all were originally charged with fishing without a license, possession of illegal fishing gear, over limit of sunfish, over limit of bass and possession of short fish.

HUD & VA Announce Additional Vouchers to Help Homeless Vets Get Into Permanent Homes
HUD-VASH vouchers to build on 17 percent decline in veteran homelessness since 2009.

Reminder: Mariposa County Library Seeks Volunteer Tutors for Adult Literacy Program
The Mariposa County Library is looking for people who would like to share their love of reading and make a difference in someone’s life by volunteering as tutors in the Read and Succeed adult literacy program.  Math tutors are also being sought... A training session will be held on Saturday, August 24 at the Merced Library...

Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies Reminds Everyone School Starts
School Zone Safety. Please drive safely in and around school zones and obey speed limits. Students will be near the roadways in the mornings and after school about 3:30 p.m. Mariposa County Sheriff’s Deputies will be patrolling Mariposa school sites to enhance student safety.

Drought Information Statement From the National Weather Service for the San Joaquin Valley
Extreme drought conditions develop in portions of Central California.

Mariposa County Fire Chief Jim Wilson and Sheriff Doug Binnewies Comment on the Rim Fire at the Supervisors Board Meeting (Audio)

Climate Change in the Pacific Southwest Region
The Forest Service strategy for dealing with climate change is based on 20 years of targeted research and a century of science and management experience. 

Mariposa County Offers 'Meeting the Challenge' Training Session on September 4, 2013

Vendors Wanted For The Mariposa Friends Of The Fairgrounds Flea Market On October 5, 2013
Mariposa Friends Of The Fairgrounds & Contractor’s Association Pair Up For A One Day Event! Mark your calendar! Mariposa Friends of the Fairgrounds is hosting a Flea Market on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the Mariposa Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Chula Vista may create Tourism Marketing District
The proposal came a year after the TMD, a program that uses overnight hotel fees to market the city, was dismantled following a Grand Jury investigation. The TMD was shut down after some people questioned how the Chamber of Commerce was handing the collected funds.
Critics say California relies on outdated approach to fire prevention
Wild and dangerous weather -- 29,000 lightning strikes in two days

Assemblymember Kristin Olsen’s AB 151 Waiving Building and Inspection Permit Fees For Veterans Passes Senate Floor
“I am pleased that this bill continues to move forward so that our veterans who have sustained service-related injuries don’t have to pay burdensome fees as they transition back into civilian life,” said Olsen.

UCLA Study Suggests Iron is at Core of Alzheimer's Disease
Findings challenge conventional thinking about possible causes of disorder.

American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman: ‘Time for Congress to Get Things Done’ on the Farm Bill
Calling a proposed one-year extension of the current farm bill “a cop-out,” Stallman urged farmers and ranchers to keep sending Congress the message that agriculture needs a new, five-year farm bill – nothing less.

Yellowstone National Park 1988: A 25th Anniversary Retrospective of Black Saturday
Today marks the 25th anniversary of Black Saturday, the most significant single day of fire growth to occur during the 1988 Yellowstone fires. The 1988 Yellowstone fires were also the most significant fires to ever occur in a national park, and an event that would in many ways transform fire management throughout the country. 

Local Legislators Support Expanding Yosemite National Park's Borders (Video)
Local legislators discuss the importance of Yosemite and why they supported Senate Joint Resolution 5, Senator Berryhill’s measure urging Congress to expand Yosemite’s borders.

Coulterville Coyote Fest Expected to be a Howling Good Time on September 28, 2013
The fun starts at 10 a.m. with a parade down Main St. and ending at the park.  Art Larson will serve as Grand Marshal! This year both Historic Main St and the park will be venues for the day long event.  Main Street will host the car show...  You can pan for gold in front of Sierra Survival and Outdoors and enjoy Geri and The Atrics music group...

Obituary: Justine M. Kirchner
Justine Kirchner, of Mariposa, passed away at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco. Justine was born in Merced, CA. to Glen and Irene Gordo of Cathey’s Valley... In 1977 she met, and in the spring of 1978 she married the love of her life, Bob Kirchner. Justine and Bob shared their home with over 200 foster children over many years. A Mass to honor Justine is scheduled for Saturday, August 24th at 2:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mariposa...

1963 Ford F 250 Farm Truck For Sale in Mariposa (Photo)
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San Francisco Dry Lightning Photos

CalPERS Releases Annual Report Highlighting California Investments
System invested $20.7 billion in State for Fiscal Year 2011-12.

California Governor Jerry Brown and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval Issue Joint Proclamation at Lake Tahoe Summit
To boost cooperation on wildfire protection and preparedness efforts in the Tahoe Basin.

Lightning Storm Starts Several Fires in Sequoia National Forest
As of 1 p.m. today, twelve lightning caused fires have been discovered burning in the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument. 

California State Controller John Chiang Updates Pay Site With More State, CSU Wage and Benefit Data
"Government works best when its citizens are well-informed and vigilant over how public resources are being spent," said Chiang.

Mariposa County Fire Dept. Log
Mon., August 12 thru Sun., August 18

Yosemite National Park to Celebrate Founder’s Day on August 25, 2013 with Entrance Fees Waived for the Day
“Late summer is a wonderful time to visit Yosemite National Park,” stated Don Neubacher, Superintendent.

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California’s Disneyland area to get 14 new hotels adding a staggering 19% more rooms totaling 3,770
Tourism, of course, means big bucks to the cities' coffers. Hotel bed taxes make up the biggest chunks of the budgets of both Anaheim and Garden Grove.

Letter to the Editor - Should Jessie B. Fremont School Move to the Mountain Alternative Ed site?
Our school super, Aaron Rosander, an intelligent guy, plans to move the Jessie B. Fremont School, which serves our county's expelled teens, onto the same campus as our other alternative education programs.

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San Luis Reservoir 17 percent full, causing Silicon Valley water problems
Sacramento: Trash Into Gas, Efficiently? An Army Test May Tell
Tip of the hat to Ruth C. !

Current Reservoir Storage Levels in California for August 16, 2013
Think Lake McClure is low? Look at the water level for 1976-1977!

United States Drought Map For August 13, 2013
California conditions range from severe to extreme.

Mariposa Jazzercise Announces 'Dancing Days' Sale
Start for $0...Looking for a workout you can stick with? Music. Dance. Fun. Join Jazzercise now & save.
Sale dates: August 29-September 3

California State Senator Tom Berryhill and the Final Weeks of Legislative Session
The Legislature continues to chip away at our 2nd Amendment rights and is expected to decide whether or not to outlaw the sale, manufacture and purchase of semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines — a measure I strongly oppose.

Mariposa County Unemployment Rises Slightly for July 2013
The Mariposa County July 2013 Unemployment Rate came in at 7.4%.

Historic Locomotive Restoration Begins at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown, California
California State Parks recently finalized a matching fund partnership donor agreement with the California State Park Railroad Museum Foundation to keep Railtown 1897 State Historic Park operating for the next two years.

Hydration Station Saves Thousands Of Bottles at Lake Mead National Recreation Area
The hydration station provides visitors with cold, filtered water. 

California Department of Water Resources Announces $750 Million Settlement on Electricity Charges
Money from the settlement will be used to offset the future electricity bills of the customers of Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric.

CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS Reports Higher California Home Sales in July 2013
Price gains continue strong but tapering.

California Secretary of State Bowen Secures Greater Public Access to Historic Voter Records
Historians, researchers, and people exploring genealogy will have an important new window to the past thanks to a new law.

Genealogy With Michael Fisher: A Family Affair - Census Records
Today we are going to learn a little about the U.S. Federal Census, an extremely valuable source of information for the family history buff.

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Today's Weather

Mariposa for today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers after 11pm. Increasing clouds, with a low around 47. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
Mariposa topped out at 66.9 degrees yesterday at the Sierra Sun Times Weather Station.
Mariposa Friday Weather: Showers. High near 55. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Friday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.

Read more about yesterday's weather and the extended outlook on the Weather Page.

Thursday's Area Forecast
69- 79 Today:
Mostly sunny to sunny today with the high temps warming up five to six degrees
from yesterday's high temps. Most Area Weather Stations are reporting overnight temps in the 40's with the higher elevations in the 30's.

Yosemite Valley: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. East northeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west in the morning. Tonight: Showers likely, mainly after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Real Estate

Here’s why the spring buying season is kicking off flat
The pent-up housing demand apparently saw its shadow and is still in hiding – existing home sales declined in March, the first real month of the spring buying season, even as prices continue to rise.

California Farm Bureau

Funding helps school kitchens

Schools in California will compete for nearly $1.5 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to invest in new kitchen equipment. USDA says the grants will help schools to meet updated nutrition standards, citing a report that many school districts need help to update kitchen equipment. States will give priority to schools where half or more of the enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced-cost meals.


CalPERS puts Yolo workers in Sacramento region
Yolo County workers, including those employed by its cities, will soon pay less for their healthcare after the California Public Employees' Retirement System Board of Administration voted to move Yolo County from the Bay Area health plan region to the Sacramento region last week. The change will take effect next year and will cut premiums for public agencies in Yolo County by about 15 percent in 2015.
Read More at the Daily Democrat News...

California Economy

Orders for Durable Goods Poured Into U.S. Factories in March
Orders for durable goods poured into American factories in March, setting up manufacturing as one of the central drivers of a rebound in economic growth during the second quarter. Bookings for goods meant to last at least three years increased 2.6 percent, the biggest gain since November, after rising 2.1 percent in the prior month, a Commerce Department report showed today in Washington. Orders excluding transportation equipment, which is often volatile, rose by the most in more than a year.
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United States Economy

Jobless Claims Rise More Than Forecast in U.S. Holiday Week
More Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week as the Easter holiday period made it more difficult to adjust the data for seasonal variations. Jobless claims increased by 24,000 to 329,000 in the week ended April 19, the most in a month, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 44 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for an increase to 315,000. The adjustment during spring holidays is hard to quantify from year to year, a Labor Department spokesman said as the figures were released to the press.
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'Breakfast is Served'
Photographer Chuck Cagara captured this wonderful image of a fawn in Mariposa County.
Chuck commented, "Recent rains have produced new shoots to help replenish the "buffet" for our local wildlife. Here a yearling doe browses her breakfast in our Sierra foothills a few days ago."

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Today's SST Poll

Reuters reports the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan may drop well below 10,000 - the minimum demanded by the U.S. military to train Afghan forces. Should the U.S. maintain 10,000 troops in Afghanistan, less than 10,000 or no troops?
U.S. should maintain 10,000 troops in Afghanistan - 30.3%
No troops in Afghanistan - 51.5%
U.S. should maintain less than 10,000 troops in Afghanistan - 15.2%
Not sure on the number of troops in Afghanistan - 3%

Total votes: 33
The voting for this poll has ended on: 23 Apr 2014 - 00:00

SST Poll - Yesterday's Poll Results

The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors have provided a response to the Grand Jury Investigative Report of the Human Services Department. Are you satisfied with their response?
No, I am not satisfied with their response - 84.2%
Not sure I am satisfied with their response - 2.6%
Yes, I am satisfied with their response - 13.2%

Total votes: 38
The voting for this poll has ended on: 12 Apr 2014 - 00:00

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