YLP Community News

Got Joy? Try a California Native Plant

by LESLIE LIPTON In the spring I make coffee, feed the birds, and wander in my garden.  I’ve been known to lose my coffee cup.  Why?  The joy disorients me.  My mostly-native YLP garden explodes with color and life. Buzzing calms my overactive...

What’s good for the goose

What’s good for the goose

... is good for the gosling On some mornings, before the sun peeks over Revis Mountain, you can hear them honking from a mile away. Even when they are not around, you know they have been here because of the calling cards they distribute across every inch of grass. An...

About 2020 election changes

About 2020 election changes

OFFICIAL YOSEMITE LAKES PARK BUSINESS In response to questions received prior to the open YLOA Board of Directors meeting Tuesday, May 26, regarding the upcoming election, the board provided the following information: The changes to Davis-Stirling brought sudden...

A book for each grad

A book for each grad

A YLP couple have launched a nonprofit called The MJ Project with the mission "To inspire teens with choice, a book, and the confidence to imagine what could be." As a part of that project, Leslie Lipton and Tom Nelson are making this generous offer to Class of 2020...

Prescribed burn coming to 41

Prescribed burn coming to 41

Jaime WilliamsFire Prevention SpecialistCalifornia Department of Forestry and Fire ProtectionMadera-Mariposa-Merced Unit Coarsegold- The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), in cooperation with California Highway Patrol, CAL TRANS, Pacific...

State: keep pools closed

State: keep pools closed

PER STATE DIRECTIVE, POOL CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. During the shelter in place directive, the governor issued an order requiring PUBLIC pools to be closed. Per Davis-Stirling newsletter, HOA pools were not considered PUBLIC, and thus opening the pool and/or hot...

LOL cancels 2020 events

LOL cancels 2020 events

 By Diane MahanLadies of the Lakes 2020 presidentLadies of the Lakes board has decided to cancel all community events the remainder of the year, and while we are hoping to resume club meetings in September, only time will tell.  For those of you that look...

YLP nixes snake assist

YLP nixes snake assist

YLP Security will no longer handle calls from YLOA households asking for help in removing rattlesnakes. The change was made because of worker's compensation restrictions, according to YLOA Human Resources Manager Krista Brown. Rattlesnake situations are now the...

YLOA board election notice

YLOA board election notice

OFFICIAL YOSEMITE LAKES PARK BUSINESS This year we have six qualified candidates running for four open seats on the Yosemite Lakes Owners' Association Board of Directors. Sue Beck Todd BenzieRebecca Brannon Kathleen MillerRandy SacksKen Sartain The four...

YLOA board OK’s new budget

YLOA board OK’s new budget

OFFICIAL YOSEMITE LAKES PARK BUSINESS On Tuesday, April 28th, the YLOA Board of Directors voted 6-1 to pass the budget for the 2020/2021 fiscal year. The new budget includes a modest increase to homeowners assessments of  $6.17/month — primarily to...

It’s nesting time

It’s nesting time

s Can you remember your first nest? I can remember mine. I was in the fifth grade. A hummingbird made a nest on a slender tree branch right outside my second floor bedroom window. It was so close I could have raised the window and touched it, but I didn’t dare. The...

Coronavirus: Latest YLP news

Coronavirus: Latest YLP news

(This page will be updated whenever there is new local information) The ONLY OFFICIAL source of information about how YLP is dealing with COVID-19 is yosemitelakespark.org and direct YLOA communications. The situation is dynamic as new information...

YLP Q&As

YLP Q&As

YLOA and YSPUC General Manager Jonathan Penrose invites members of the YLP community to email him questions about YLP matters and he will answer them in a live chat at 6 p.m. each Tuesday at yosemitelakespark.org. Just email to QA@yloa.org or QA@yosemitelakespark.org....

Look for: Official YLP Business

Look for: Official YLP Business

To: All YLOA members and the YLP community Please look for this on our social media communications: OFFICIAL YOSEMITE LAKES PARK BUSINESS ALL OTHER SOURCES should be considered to be the personal opinion of the social media poster and often do not accurately...

2020 annual election packet

2020 annual election packet

It's a challenging time, but the business of our community continues — and for YLP in April, that means preparing for annual Board of Directors elections. After publishing the official notice of election a few days ago, we're now providing the complete packet for...

‘Lord of the Rings’ readings

‘Lord of the Rings’ readings

During this time of 'shelter in place,' the opportunities for entertainment and social interaction with those in our community is severely curtailed.Join our general manager, Jonathan Penrose, for a social reading of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic "Lord of the...

Wild turkeys on parade

Wild turkeys on parade

March is mating season, and adult males are on parade, hoping to hook up with one or more willing hens. The pageantry is equally theatrical as it is captivating.

The pied-billed grebe

The pied-billed grebe

Last fall, I fell in love while walking around Blue Heron Lake. The object of my infatuation? Let me show you…

YLOA board takes actions

YLOA board takes actions

The YLOA Board of Directors took the following actions at the regular Feb. 25, 2020 meeting

Madera County growth boom

Madera County growth boom

According to the latest government data, Madera County is outpacing other similar-sized counties, both in California and around the western U.S., in terms of economic growth.

Native plants grow in YLP

Native plants grow in YLP

An enthusiastic group has begun what they hope will be a transformative project to beautify YLP in a new, more natural, and less water-dependent way.

The Hunchback of YLP:

The Hunchback of YLP:

Standing or flying, black-crowned night herons keep their head tucked in, which gives them a hunchback appearance.

Oakhurst Hwy 41 project

Oakhurst Hwy 41 project

SierraNewsOnline: A major construction project will impact traffic along Oakhurst’s main artery — Highway 41.

Valentines for WWII vet

Valentines for WWII vet

A World War II veteran, age 104, is asking for a few cards and letters to be sent his way this Valentine’s Day.

Wheeler’s 2020 priorities

Wheeler’s 2020 priorities

SierraNewsOnline: District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler thinks 2020 is going to be “another up year” for eastern Madera County.

The bluebird

The bluebird

Bluebirds have long been celebrated as a symbol of renewal, prosperity, and happiness…

YSPUC budget for 2020

YSPUC budget for 2020

The Yosemite Spring Park Utility Co. Board of Directors meeting on on Dec. 29 approved a new budget for 2020. Read the overview and view the budget…

New YLOA rules OK’d

New YLOA rules OK’d

The YLOA Board of Directors on Sunday, Dec. 29, approved new Membership Meeting and Voting Rules to comply with new California law…

Diving into YLP’s water

Diving into YLP’s water

Did you know that, a few weeks ago, we had men swimming around inside YLP’s many water tanks?

Group hike Dec. 14

Group hike Dec. 14

Everyone’s invited to join the Trails and Recreation Committee’s next group hike on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Talking turkey

Talking turkey

THE BIRD MAN: We’re gonna talk turkey. Wild turkey, actually…

Voice or no voice?

Voice or no voice?

About the Voting Proxy form and the need to update our bylaws/DORs …

The secret world of the phainopepla

The secret world of the phainopepla

THE BIRD MAN: The first time I saw a phainopepla, I was with an Audubon outing in the Coachella Valley, outside of Palm Springs…

Roofin’ the stalls

Roofin’ the stalls

YLOA’s Maintenance employees work last week on new, badly needed roofing for the Equestrian Center stalls…

Trail clearing

Trail clearing

The Trails and Recreation Committee volunteers were hard at work Oct. 24…

Living with outages

Living with outages

Yosemite Lakes Park this past week got a taste of what some are calling the “new normal”…

YLP golf news

YLP golf news

Fall has arrived, temperatures have dropped, and the 2019 Club Championship has been completed…

YLP couple killed

YLP couple killed

A couple from Yosemite Lakes Park were killed Sunday night near Bass Lake after their Jeep was reportedly struck by a falling tree.

Meeting format change

Meeting format change

Starting Tuesday, YLOA members will get their own forum time for questions during monthly board meetings….

Deck renewal

Deck renewal

Check out the photo gallery of our refurbished clubhouse deck, front and back!

Town Hall on YLP Roads

Town Hall on YLP Roads

View the video and the slide presentation from the Oct. 22 event that drew an audience of 60-70.

Community hike

Community hike

A guided community hike has been scheduled by the Trails and Recreation Committee for Saturday, Nov. 16.

Found items

Found items

Call Security if you have left items from YLP Live events or are missing keys.

Albatross on Hole 1

Albatross on Hole 1

An amazing feat was accomplished Oct. 1 at the YLP Golf Course.

Red-tailed hawk

Red-tailed hawk

Yosemite Lakes is prime redtail country, and they are year ‘round residents…

Rigatoni Dinner fun

Rigatoni Dinner fun

View our photo gallery from the 2019 Ladies of the Lakes Rigatoni Dinner to benefit Madera County Fire Department Station 10!

Health & Safety Fair

Health & Safety Fair

You don’t want to miss this event Saturday — plus a LUNCH BUFFET!

About those helicopters

About those helicopters

We have received many calls regarding the flyover of a helicopter in the YLP area.

Jackson denied parole

Jackson denied parole

Convicted YLP arsonist Kenneth Jackson has again been denied early parole.

The turkey vulture

The turkey vulture

With a name like “turkey + vulture”, you get no respect. Yet, this widespread New World vulture deserves a closer look.

Busy, productive summer in YLP

Busy, productive summer in YLP

It has been a busy summer for our staff here at YLOA and YSPUC as we continue to revise and modernize our operations.

Slow down on Lilley Mountain!

Slow down on Lilley Mountain!

On Lilley Mountain Drive our Pipeline Replacement Project crew is installing new water main and traffic is limited to a single lane…

Sign up for text alerts!

Sign up for text alerts!

Did you know we publish YLP Alerts for water outages, road hazards and other incidents affecting public safety?

Board training set

Board training set

With a new YLOA Board of Directors about to begin work for 2019-2020, President Rebecca Brannon wishes to announce…

Blackhawk Lake open

Blackhawk Lake open

Here are the new procedures for getting access to the lake…

Last-Tuesday meetings

Last-Tuesday meetings

YLOA and YSPUC monthly board of director meetings will be on the LAST Tuesday of the month starting this month…

New office hours

New office hours

Office hours for YLOA and YSPUC are now 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Water, power and YLP

Water, power and YLP

Water is the lifeblood of our community and delivering safe, reliable water is the mission of YSPUC.

The western kingbird

The western kingbird

The western kingbird, a robin-sized “flycatcher,” is an easy bird to spot.

Tackling water main leaks

Tackling water main leaks

Our water company and pipeline crew have been working hard to repair an unusually high number of water main leaks on Lilley Mountain Drive.

YLOA has new board

YLOA has new board

YLOA and YSPUC have new boards of directors for 2019-2020.

Be a pooper scooper

Be a pooper scooper

A friendly reminder to dog walkers on the trail around Blue Heron Lake to please clean up Fido’s deposit 

Great golfing!

Great golfing!

CONGRATS: Sandy Ralph and Sharon Cargill Hunsbarger took part in the Pacific Women’s Golf Association Spring Partners Tournament.

Fire insurance rates going up

Fire insurance rates going up

Local news outlets report that many homeowners in the foothills, including YLP, are seeing their home and fire insurance rates rocket up.

Welcoming touches

Welcoming touches

Near the front gate of the Equestrian Center, there is a triangle-shaped flower bed that for years was just full of weeds and some dying bushes.

YLP arsonist up for parole

YLP arsonist up for parole

The Madera County District Attorney’s office has announced that Kenneth Jackson is again scheduled for a parole hearing, and public comment is being sought.

The bald eagle

The bald eagle

The thrill of observing a bald eagle closeup is like watching a fireworks display. It is an awe inspiring experience one is unlikely to forget.

Power shutoff prep

Power shutoff prep

What if PG&E shuts off power in YLP? We have your answer, and an emergency supply checklist:

To our volunteers!

To our volunteers!

For the last several years we have been blessed to have six beautiful hanging baskets on the back patio of the clubhouse.

Our phones are swamped!

Our phones are swamped!

Since installing our new phone system there has been a dramatic increase in the number of calls we are receiving…

The California quail

The California quail

What’s not to love about the California quail, our official State Bird?

Grab and go bag

It’s time to go through your grab and go bag…

Movin’ ahead in June

June is a busy month as we wrap up our 2018 Fiscal Year and prepare for 2019-2020. I’m pleased to report several positive developments.

Director ballot set

Director ballot set

Three YLOA members in good standing will be on the ballot for the annual election in July.

Of cars and horses

Of cars and horses

Picture this: You are riding your motorcycle up Corral Drive on a warm Saturday afternoon.

LOL new-member luncheon

LOL new-member luncheon

Ladies of the Lakes held their May meeting and annual new-member luncheon Monday.

Financial packets go out

The Financial Packet and Annual Disclosures for 2019-2020 are now on their way to members.

Station 10 strengthens

We are truly fortunate to have a paid-call firefighter station smack dab in the heart of Yosemite Lakes Park.