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Oakhurst Chamber Seeks New Executive Director

OAKHURST – The Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for a dynamic, forward-looking individual to serve as Executive Director, who possesses skills in the areas of social media, marketing, public relations, public speaking and event management. Darin J. Soukup, Ph.D., who has served as Executive Director since 2011, has accepted a position within the State Center Community College District ...

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Phone Service Disrupted In Some Mariposa Co. Communites

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office is notifying residents that all phone lines are down for those areas serviced by the Hornitos Telephone Company TDS. The AT&T main service line, as well as the backup fiber optic lines, were cut in the Stockton area. Several Central Valley counties and cities have been affected. AT&T and TDS are aware ...

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Sheriff Moves Into New Office In Madera

MADERA COUNTY – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is moving to its new location at 2725 Falcon Drive near the airport in Madera. Both the old Sheriff’s Office at 14143 Road 28, and the new location on Falcon Drive will be closed on Wednesday, July 22, and Thursday, July 23 while the department makes the move across town. Phone calls ...

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One Less Wildfire Is Up To You

CENTRAL SIERRA – Whether you’re new to the mountain area, or have lived here for generations, the historic drought and extreme fire conditions warrant a close look at how you’ve prepared for the fire season. Karen Guillemin-Kanawyer, Cal Fire’s MMU Fire Prevention Specialist, says the potential for dangerous, destructive wildfires is very real. “It is up to everyone to be ...

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Update On Firefighters Injured In Rollover Accident

CLOVIS – After their fire engine rolled over in a crash on Highway 168 near Clovis on Sunday, all five Stanislaus National Forest firefighters on board were taken to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries. The Forest Service reports that two were released the day of the incident, one was released last night, and two are in stable condition ...

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Yosemite Fires Update July 14

YOSEMITE – Thunderstorms came through the park starting July 1, and remained active through July 11, sparking several new fires. Yosemite National Park currently has nine lightning-caused fires. These kinds of fires can take days or weeks to detect because vegetation has to dry out enough to create smoke or visible flames after the storm passes over. Additional fires may ...

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Farewell Luncheon For JoAnn Griffin

NORTH FORK – JoAnn Griffin, a former teacher at North Fork School, is ready to give up her home of 50 years on Wild Rose Lane. She is moving to The Wyndham Retirement Home in Fresno, where she will be closer to to two of her four offspring. To give friends and former students a chance to say goodbye, family ...

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The Sewer Board Is Looking For A Few Good Men Or Women

Written by Dave Wolin – OAKHURST – You probably don’t often consider all that happens when you flush your toilet or throw the dinner remains down the garbage disposal. Well, if you live in the part of Oakhurst connected to the sewer plant, a very complicated system of pipes, pumps and machinery eventually transports all that to our sewer plant, ...

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Mountain Area Firefighters Injured When Fire Engine Is Sideswiped

CLOVIS – A woman attempting to pass a fire engine on the right side in an intersection, hit the large truck, causing it to roll over and injuring all five firefighters on board. At 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 12, a Stanislaus National Forest Fire Engine was eastbound on Highway 168 approaching Shepherd Avenue at about 55 mph. The wildland ...

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Forest Service Firefighters Injured In Rollover Accident Near Clovis

CLOVIS – Five firefighters were injured this morning when a US Forest Service fire engine rolled over on Highway 168 between Academy and Shepherd Avenues near Clovis, according to CHP. Just after 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 12, a small SUV was attempting what was described as an unsafe pass, and collided with the firetruck, which was carrying five firefighters. ...

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