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4-Vehicle Crash Blocks Highway 41

COARSEGOLD — A crash involving four vehicles blocked Highway 41 this morning just south of Yosemite Springs Parkway. At about 8:45 a.m., a 38-year-old Coarsegold woman was northbound on Highway 41 in a 2007 Toyota Prius, and had slowed to a stated speed of about 30 mph and signaled to turn left onto Road 207. According to CHP at the ...

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Wood Brothers Awarded Major Scholarships

OAKHURST – Two Yosemite High School students are each set to receive valuable scholarships for two of the country’s most desirable universities: twin brothers Travis Wood and Trevor Wood are sailing into the final months of their primary school academic careers already knowing where they’re going for college, and how they’re going to get there. The scholarships were awarded through ...

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Sheriff’s Crime Log Through Jan. 3

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Dec. 27, 2015 through Jan. 3, 2016. Oakhurst runaway juvenile On Sunday, Dec. 27 at 00:19 a.m., a deputy flagged down by a citizen in the 45000 block of CA-41 regarding a runaway juvenile. Investigation concluded the juvenile had possibly left the Oakhurst ...

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Winter Storm Warning For Sierra Nevada

MOUNTAIN AREA — The first in a series of storms coming through Central California this week will bring rain and snow to the area, and a winter storm warning has been issued for the southern Sierra Nevada from Yosemite National Park to the Tulare/Kern county line, from 10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4 through 10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5. According to ...

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Series Of Storms Bring Rain And Snow

MOUNTAIN AREA – Rain is on its way to the foothills and snow to the higher country including Yosemite, as this week’s weather looks a little wetter. In Oakhurst on Monday, Jan. 4, the National Weather Service (NWS) in Hanford is suggesting a 50 percent chance of rain, without much to measure: somewhere between a tenth and a quarter inch ...

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Car Hits Power Pole, Closes Yosemite Springs Parkway

COARSEGOLD — A single vehicle accident on Yosemite Springs Parkway forced the closure of the road for several hours this afternoon after live power lines fell into the roadway. Just after 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, Nolan Griffith, 23, of Coarsegold was eastbound on the Parkway in a 2010 Hyundai Elantra, when he lost control of the vehicle, which spun ...

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Sheriff’s Crime Log Through Dec. 27

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Dec. 20 through Dec. 27, 2015. North Fork burglary On Sunday, Dec. 20 at 8:47 a.m., a deputy was dispatched to the 60000 block of Happy Oak Lane regarding a burglary. Report written, evidence obtained, no arrests made, and case closed due to ...

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Threshold Choir Sings In Service, Seeks Members

OAKHURST – Gentle voices, simple songs, and sincere kindness with calm, focused bedside attention can bring ease and comfort to the dying, say organizers of Threshold Choir, a compassionate network of primarily women’s a cappella choirs whose members lift their voices in song for people in hospice and for others at the thresholds of life. An Oakhurst chapter is now ...

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Chukchansi Casino To Reopen New Years Eve

COARSEGOLD — More than 14 months after a federal judge ordered the closing of the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino over public and employee safety concerns, the doors will be reopened and employees will return to work, according to District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler. Thursday, Dec. 31, at 10 a.m. has been announced as the first day of business at ...

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Tony McManus Takes The Stage At Coolwater Ranch

AHWAHNEE — Master guitarist Tommy Emmanuel says of Tony McManus, “The music is beyond beautiful, it’s perfect.” On Saturday, Jan. 16, you will have the chance to experience it for yourself as Robin Ralston and the Coolwater Ranch present an evening with Tony McManus. “Through Tony’s hands, the emotions of Celtic music are transferred to the guitar and the listener ...

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