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Bass Lake Hazard Tree Project Burns

BASS LAKE — With crisp fall weather and recent rains, the Bass Lake Hazard Tree Project continues with some burning this week. Sierra National Forest Battalion Chief Burt Stalter says that on Tuesday, Nov. 1, crews concentrated on completing areas including the west side of Road 222 at the Forks Campground, Pine Slope day use, and Little Denver Church day use. ...

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Audubon Hosts Live Birds Of Prey

Contributed by Len McKenzie —  OAKHURST — Few, if any, birds spark the human imagination more than birds of prey. Foothill area residents will have an opportunity to see some of these charismatic birds at close range, and to learn about their importance as predators atop the food chain, at Yosemite Area Audubon’s monthly program on Thursday, Nov. 10. Master ...

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Super Moon Sunday-Monday

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE – If you ever wanted to reach for the moon, chances are good for Sunday night. That’s because, overnight on Sunday, Nov. 13 – Monday, Nov. 14, we get to experience a supermoon, and this one is really special. A supermoon results when the moon reaches its full phase at the closest point to Earth along the satellite’s elliptical orbit, causing la ...

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D.A. Assigns Investigators To “Protect the Vote”

COUNTY — Madera County District Attorney David A. Linn announced on Tuesday, Nov. 1 that at least two armed investigators will be stationed at the central count location during the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 8, election day.  All other investigators will be available for dispatch to any polling place that requires assistance. D.A. Linn says investigators are frequently used for ...

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Vehicle Fire Snarls Traffic On All Hallows’ Eve

OAKHURST — At 3:20 p.m. this afternoon, as many families were readying their children for a big night out trick or treating, witnesses were understandably horrified to see a vehicle traveling on Highway 49 toward Oakhurst with flames coming out from under the car. The driver of the small passenger vehicle was apparently initially unaware of the problem and continued to operate ...

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Class, The Body Pastiche, Closing Soon For Good

OAKHURST — Members of the local wellness center Class, the Body Pastiche, opened their emails on Saturday, Oct. 29 to news that was both unexpected and unwanted, as owner Virginia Eaton announced the doors will close for good in less than a month. “I have some news to share with you and while I wish I could share it with you ...

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Time To Take Down The Yellow Fire Signs

MOUNTAIN AREA — Cal Fire has lifted the burn ban locally and so it’s time to take down the yellow fire signs that many have posted around the mountains. The North Fork Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, which provided the signs, appreciates any help you can offer to accomplish this task. If you posted signs, the auxiliary asks that you please ...

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Burn Suspension Is Lifted And Permits Are Required

MOUNTAIN AREA — Cal Fire and the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) announced that the burn suspension in all State Responsibility Areas of Madera, Mariposa and Merced Counties has been lifted as of 8 a.m. today. Cal Fire Burn Permits are required and burning is permitted on “Permissive Burn Days” only, as established by the Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District. Permits can be obtained from any local ...

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Chimney Fire Fortunately Contained

OAKHURST — What started as a cozy fire on a rainy day turned into a call to the fire department. At approximately 1 p.m. today, as emergency crews were already responding to a multi-vehicle accident in Coarsegold, firefighters were alerted to respond to reports of a structure fire on Laurel Drive. Engine 12 out of Oakhurst was among the first on scene, ...

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Multi-Vehicle Accident In Coarsegold

COARSEGOLD — Just after noon today CHP received reports of a multi-vehicle accident on Road 417 about one half of a mile east of Highway 41. According to CHP, at approximately 12:15 p.m. a male driver from Coarsegold was heading westbound on Road 417 in a Honda sedan near Chukchansi Road, and traveling too fast for the rainy weather conditions. As ...

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