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Elegant Auction For Community Park Features Fab Four

FISH CAMP — The 32nd annual Elegant Auction to benefit Oakhurst Community Park is slated for Saturday, April 8, at Tenaya Lodge. Doors open at 5 p.m., along with silent auction bidding. Guests will be treated to complimentary champagne to sip while placing their bids, in addition to a gourmet buffet, fine desserts, and live music, along with a professional ...

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PG&E Warning On Danger Of Metallic Balloons

SAN FRANCISCO — Last year, metallic balloons striking electric lines caused 429 power outages in PG&E’s service area alone, disrupting electric service to more than 200,000 homes and businesses. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, PG&E reminds customers that sparks – and not just the romantic kind – can fly on February 14 if improperly secured helium-filled metallic balloons come in contact ...

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Reunited And It Feels So Good: Lost Tortoise Found Again

OAKHURST — Back in September of 2016, we wrote about “Pilgrim,” the African tortoise who’d been waylaid while apparently headed for Deadwood. “Coming home from work, Anne Grandy’s eyes scanned the road, watching for the usual hazards of deer and drivers, when she spotted one that stood out against the late summer landscape. Anne was on Road 425B heading toward Still ...

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Wendy Denton’s Light And Time

OAKHURST — There’s an immense value to public art, and if you haven’t seen Wendy Denton’s exhibit at United Security Bank, the show is on the walls through March. Wendy is a member of Yosemite Western Artists, and the offering is entitled, “Light and Time.” “Light and Time is a collection of works made in empty and abandoned places,” says ...

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One-Way Traffic Control On Highway 41 Near Yosemite

FISH CAMP — Following recent storms and ahead of more wet weather on the way tonight, CHP reports that Highway 41 is compromised in the Fish Camp area just south of Yosemite National Park’s south gate. One way traffic control is currently in place due to a washout in the southbound lane. The lane is closed due to the severe erosion ...

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Update On Flooding And Evac Advisories In The Foothills

MADERA COUNTY — The Cedar Valley area remains impacted by rains, says the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. An evacuation advisory is still in effect for Lakeside Drive south of the Fire Station, Deer Run Trail Road, Lazy Oak Drive, and Cedar Place. Residents in these areas should be prepared to evacuate immediately if conditions change. The east side of Church Street ...

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County Says Cedar Valley Dam Not In Danger Of Failure

CEDAR VALLEY — With all the concern generated by media reports yesterday that the earthen dam in Cedar Valley was in imminent danger of failure, we followed up with Madera County Public Works to find out what is really going on. Ahmad Alkhayyat is the Director of Public Works for Madera County. We asked Alkhayyat about media reports that the earthen ...

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Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy 120) in Yosemite National Park is Open

YOSEMITE — The Big Oak Flat Road in Yosemite National Park (Hwy 120) has reopened to all vehicular traffic following a rockfall that occurred on Sunday morning, Feb. 5, say park officials. Visitors are urged to drive with caution along the road, as there is the possibility of more mud and debris entering the roadway. Water and debris remain on ...

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HOW Event Honors Martha Medina

OAKHURST – The local chapter of the nonprofit organization Helping One Woman (HOW) will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Elks Lodge, in support of Coarsegold resident Martha Medina and family, on behalf of son, Nicolas. Nic was in an auto accident on Oct. 28, 2016. He sustained traumatic brain injury and was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center and, much later, ...

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Floodwaters Float Yurts Down Fresno River

OAKHURST — The last thing you’d expect to see floating down the usually languid Fresno River is a gorgeous yurt, complete with all the contents needed for a comfortable stay. Today, there were two. Click on images to enlarge. It started out as a normal rainy day at High Sierra RV Park in Oakhurst, beautifully situated on the river just north of ...

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