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Local Disaster Team Makes Efficient Debut

MOUNTAIN AREA – The local chapter affiliate of Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) team is up and running and participated in their first disasters beginning on June 18, during the Sky Fire in Oakhurst and the Corrine Fire in North Fork, aiding the evacuees in two shelter locations in Oakhurst. The Calvin Crest camp counselors came out with only ...

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Yosemite Wawona Charter School

YOSEMITE – A small school house tucked away in the big outdoors offers nearly unlimited possibilities, with an emphasis on environmental science, art, project-based and multiage learning, and flexibility. Yosemite Wawona Charter School serves grades K-8 and is now open for enrollment to students in Madera and Mariposa Counties. School starts August 17. “There are many reasons families looking for ...

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Tropical Storm Brings Wild Weather

MOUNTAIN AREA – Residents and visitors may soon see stormy skies, as a hazardous weather outlook and flash flood warning has been issued for the higher elevations of the southern Sierra Nevada, with the prospect of isolated thunderstorms continuing late Monday night and possibly through Tuesday. The National Weather Service reports from Hanford that moisture from tropical storm Dolores in ...

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Alli Patterson: Express Yourself

AHWAHNEE – Alli Patterson is many things to many people. She’s a loving daughter, a protective sister, and a good friend. Alli is a student, a photographer, a writer, and an activist. If there’s one thing Alli knows how to do — and actually, there are lots — it’s express herself. “I express myself through everything I do: music, photography, ...

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New Sierra Meadows Owners Make A Splash

AHWAHNEE – The For Sale sign has come down at Sierra Meadows Golf Course and Country Club, as the entire place is officially under new ownership. The 142-acre property was purchased from former owner Robert Bard by business partners Charlie Sheldon and Reid Spice. “Charlie and I have been friends and business partners for over 15 years,” says Reid. “We ...

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Update On Fire Near Miami Mountain

AHWAHNEE – Firefighters responded to reports of a column of smoke rising in the area of Miami Mountain Lookout just before 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. The fire burned just west of Highway 49, north of Ahwahnee off Miami Mountain Road. First engine at scene reported the fire about 1/2 to 3/4 acre. Air tankers and helicopters were quickly over ...

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Honoring Cristalene Hance Jones With HOW Dinner

AHWAHNEE – The local chapter of nonprofit organization Helping One Woman (HOW) will meet on Wednesday, June 17, at The Hitching Post, in support of Cristalene Hance Jones of Oakhurst. Cristalene lost her only son Beau, 19, in a tragic motorcycle accident on April 30 in Coarsegold. Beau was a much loved member of the community.

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Can Firefighters Defend Your Home?

AHWAHNEE – As residents prepare for what is sure to be a challenging fire season, knowing what firefighters need in order to defend their homes may prove invaluable. Over two days last week, the men and women tasked with that crucial job were put through their paces during training drills at Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park. Each year, crews are presented ...

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Rotary Hosts Dr. Gary Pence Invitational Golf Tournament

AHWAHNEE – Chances are it will be a beautiful day for duffers and others on Saturday, June 6, as Oakhurst Sierra Rotary will once again have the pleasure of hosting the Dr. Gary Pence Invitational Golf Tournament at Sierra Meadows Country Club. “We are very excited about this year’s tournament as it continues to grow,” says Andrew Pence. “There is ...

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HOW Dinner In Support Of Kari Burton Smith

AHWAHNEE – The nonprofit organization Helping One Woman (HOW) will meet on Wednesday, May 20, to honor and support area resident Kari Burton Smith. “On the morning of Apr. 11, Kari heard a knock at the door and was told the news no one ever hopes to hear,” say HOW organizers.

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