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Winter Travel Safety Tips For Sierra National Forest

MOUNTAIN AREA – With the onset of winter, the Sierra National Forest encourages visitors to exercise caution when traveling through the Forest. Wind and snow accumulation increases the risk of trees falling, both those that have experienced recent tree mortality as well as green trees. These falling trees can impact roadways, picnic areas, trails and camping spots and parking areas. Forest ...

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Extreme Registration Events For Community College

OAKHURST — The State Center Community College District-wide Extreme Registration event is a super-handy, efficient, one-stop shop to assist students in completing registration for the upcoming Spring 2017 semester. Click on image to enlarge. All new and returning students are encouraged to take advantage of the services offered. Extreme Registration for Spring will be held on Friday, Dec. 9, from 2 ...

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Age Well, Drive Smart: Last Free Senior Driving Class This Year

OAKHURST — Driving is a complex skill that may diminish as a person ages. The ability to drive safely is affected by changes in one’s physical and mental conditions. Many of these changes take place as we get older, though in different ways and at different times. To address these changes and the challenges they pose, the California Highway Patrol ...

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Do You Hear What I Hear? Free Christmas Choral Concert

By Monika Moulin — OAKHURST — For the seventh consecutive year, a group of singers from local area church choirs, as well as a mini-orchestra made up of talented local instrumentalists, will come together for a beautiful Christmas program in two performances. This year’s program will feature a moving and joyful performance of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” by composers Mark ...

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Safety Tips For High Wind Warning In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — The High Wind Warning issued for parts of the Sierra Nevada starting tonight meets Yosemite’s threshold of closing Valley Campgrounds for visitor safety. Yosemite Valley Campgrounds are closed for tonight, Thursday, Dec. 1, and officials will reassess the situation tomorrow. Gusting winds can bring down trees, power lines and signs and turn unsecured objects into dangerous projectiles. Below are tips ...

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Tioga And Glacier Point Roads Close For Season

YOSEMITE — The Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park are closed for the season, say park officials. The series of storm systems that passed through the Yosemite area over the last several weeks have resulted in snow accumulation throughout the park.  These roads close each fall and remain closed throughout the winter months, until weather conditions permit ...

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Katie Davis Sentenced In Elder Abuse Case

MADERA COUNTY — The former Director of Sierra Senior Center in Oakhurst, accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a 90-year-old man afflicted with dementia, was sentenced in Madera Superior Court on Monday, Nov. 28. Pursuant to a plea agreement, wherein the original charge was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor count of financial elder abuse, Kathryn (Katie) Davis, 54, was was ...

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Joyous Christmas Tea At Fresno Flats

OAKHURST — Fresno Flats has a new board of directors, new ideas and is planning a revival of old traditions. In the spirit of the season to come, the community is invited to join together for an afternoon Christmas Tea in the school house at Fresno Flats, on Sunday, Dec. 4, with seating at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 ...

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Agencies Respond To Campers Stranded In Snowstorm

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — What began as an exciting post-holiday trip to the mountains turned into quite an ordeal, and ultimately required the services of teams of rescuers this weekend. On Sunday, Nov. 27, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office received a call from some campers requesting assistance. According to the Sheriff’s Office, these campers had neglected to check the weather report ...

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Local Choirs Dazzle At Songs Of The Season Concert

NORTH FORK — The tradition continues as Squirrel Cage Theatre Co. presents the 17th annual Songs of the Season holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at the North Fork School. The show will feature crowd favorite, the Mountain Choral Company from Sierra High School, led by Bruce Weinberger; the talented students of the Minarets High School & Charter ...

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