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Live Power Lines And Vehicle Accidents – How To Survive

CALIFORNIA — Most people would not know what to do in the event of a vehicle accident that involves live power lines. Understanding the dangers and taking specific precautions could save your life. PG&E urges motorists who are in an accident involving power lines to follow these important instructions. If your vehicle comes into contact with a downed power line: ...

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Winter Weather And Flash Flood Watch For Central Sierra

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA — A flash flood watch remains in effect from this afternoon through Thursday afternoon in the Mariposa, Madera and Fresno County Foothills from Yosemite to Kings Canyon, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) Hanford. Heavy rainfall is expected during this period resulting in rapid rises along small streams and rivers and the threat of flash flooding. Rainfall ...

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Learn To Prune Fruit Trees At Free Workshop

MARIPOSA – To get the best out of your fruit trees, you need to give them the best care with the right tools at the right time of the year. That right time is now. Mariposa Master Gardeners present a free workshop on pruning presented by Emeritus Fruit, & Nut Advisor Maxwell Norton on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. ...

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Creative Libations: Brush Bar @ 1850 Painting Workshops

By Anna Friedland — MARIPOSA — Looking for a creative outlet with perhaps a little wine on the side? You may wish to sign up for one of the painting workshops offered this month by the Mariposa County Arts Council at 1850 Restaurant. Choose from two Brush Bar @ 1850 events, on Thursday, Jan. 19 and Monday, Jan 23. Brush ...

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Guns, Powdered Alcohol, School Mascots: New Laws For 2017

CALIFORNIA — We’ve covered laws from the DMV including those pertaining to use of wireless electronic devices, child car safety seats, motorcycle lane-splitting and related others in an earlier report that’s available for review at this link. Governor Jerry Brown signed over 800 California laws in 2016. Here are a handful that go into effect Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted: ...

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Frank Bigelow Named Assistant Republican Leader

SACRAMENTO — Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) was named Assistant Republican Leader by Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes. “I’m honored to be named an Assistant Republican Leader for the 2017-2018 legislative session,” says the lifelong local rancher. “The Leadership Team shows the diversity of California and highlights our members’ real-world experience. We look forward to tackling tough issues and working to ...

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Mariposa Storytelling Festival: The End?

MARIPOSA — Festivals across the nation are finding it difficult to continue offering venues for the magical and inspiring art that we call Storytelling. With rising production costs and dwindling sponsors, ticket sales are unable to cover the cost of producing a nationally recognized Storytelling Festival and, unfortunately, the Mariposa Storytelling Festival is no exception. After much discussion, organizers of the event ...

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IRS Warns Of Recent Schemes During Tax Season

WASHINGTON — As tax season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service, the states and the tax industry reminded taxpayers to be on the lookout for an array of evolving tax scams related to identity theft and refund fraud. Every tax season, there is an increase in schemes that target innocent taxpayers by email, by phone and on-line. The IRS reminds taxpayers ...

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Nevada Earthquakes Felt Locally

MOUNTAIN AREA — Residents and visitors were rattled just after midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 28 as an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 near Hawthorne, Nevada, was discernible throughout the region. The first quake was felt at approximately 12:18 a.m., with multiple aftershocks reported and confirmed through the USGS Nevada Seismological Laboratory. According to experts, the initial quake’s epicenter was ...

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New DMV Laws For 2017

SACRAMENTO — With the new year just around the corner, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) wants to inform the public of several new laws or changes to existing law that, unless otherwise noted, take effect on January 1, 2017. The following are summaries of some transportation-related laws taking effect, according to the DMV. Use of Electronic Wireless Devices ...

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