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The lack of snow is affecting tourist numbers in Tuolumne County according to Lisa Mayo, however she remains optimistic that visitors are still finding plenty of local activity during the Winter.

Mayo, Executive Director for the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau, was Thursday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

Mayo also remains optimistic for the remaining month of Winter and she expects a busy Spring for both locals and tourists.

According to Mayo, “With Dodge Ridge and Leland Meadows both temporarily closed, we are sending tourists on great hikes throughout the lower Sierra where there is also a lack of crowds at this time of the year. There is also good camping, golf courses and plenty of other things to see and do.”

Mayo is not very concerned about the rate hike at Yosemite National Park. Entrance fees are going up this year from $25 per vehicle to $30 and as much as $35 during the Summer.

“Yosemite is a bucket-list destination” said Mayo, “The entrance fee hike should not have a significant impact on tourists coming through this area.”

The new colorful 58 page “Vacationland” publication has just been published and is now available. Mayo encourages locals to stop by the office and pick up a copy for themselves.

The office is located at 542 Stockton Street, across from the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora.

The website for more information is and the telephone number is (209) 533-4420.

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45am.

  • Lisa Mayo