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Firefighters Battle Two Separate Blazes Tonight

MOUNTAIN AREA  — Two separate fires burning miles apart kept fire crews busy this evening in North Fork and Cathey’s Valley. At 6:47 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire burning on Wind Dancer Way just off Road 235 above Redinger Lake. Cal Fire Engine 4255 was first at scene and reported one 900 sq. ft. structure fully involved ...

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Annual Fall Plant Sale In Coulterville Oct. 1

COULTERVILLE — Cooler fall weather heralds the perfect time for enhancing the landscape and planting a winter garden. Put Saturday, Oct. 1, on your calendar now so you don’t miss the Master Gardeners annual fall plant sale. The sale will be held at the Old Firehouse in Coulterville, on the corner of Highways 49 and 132, from 9 a.m. to ...

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Free Workshop: Understanding Difficult Behaviors Of Dementia

OAKHURST — Valley Caregiver Resource Center invites community members to a free family caregiver workshop on Understanding Difficult Behaviors of Dementia. Participants in the workshop who are unpaid caregivers will learn how to better understand what dementia is and what it is not, according to organizers. Practical tips will be offered to help family members or friends with dementia cope ...

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Being Held Hostage By The Makers Of EpiPens

Written by Virginia Eaton — The happy dance in which so many parents partake as their school age darlings head back to class might be somewhat diminished for those who have to refill their EpiPen prescription. EpiPens provide lifesaving doses of epinephrine to those who suffer from serious allergic reactions. But be prepared, given recent price increases you may need to ...

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Celebrating The Dog Days Of Summer

MOUNTAIN AREA — We noticed that National Dog Day was looming on the calendar, and decided to act on an impulse. Designated as Aug. 26, National Dog Day is one that needs no explanation for many, as canines are our constant companions, true sometimes most especially here in the foothills. We put the word out on SNO social media suggesting that people may ...

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Mariposa Symphony Orchestra Documentary Released Online

MARIPOSA — Lovely Film’s documentary on the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra’s (MSO) Our Nation’s Nature tour is now available for free viewing online. Our Nation’s Nature is an evening-length symphonic cycle of orchestral works composed by MSO Founder/Conductor Les Marsden. The project was awarded a major grant by the California Arts Council to help fund the orchestra’s seven-concert tour of the ...

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Apply Now For Mariposa Community Foundation Grants

MARIPOSA — The Mariposa Community Foundation announces the opening of Community Enrichment Grants for 2016. A limited number of grants up to $1,000 each are available, and applications are invited from Mariposa County nonprofit organizations. Eligible organizations are Mariposa-based and provide services that improve the quality of life for the communities and residents of the county. They must be recognized ...

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Book Lovers! Authors’ Faire Is Coming

OAKHURST — Are you an author or do you want to be an author? Do you love to read? The Oakhurst Library will be hosting their 3rd annual Authors’ Faire on Saturday, Sept. 24. The event has become so popular with our mountain communities, say organizers, the library decided to move it to a bigger venue after more than 200 people attended in 2015. This ...

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The Family Behind The Firefighter: Alicia And Omar Arce

Alicia’s story My name is Alicia Arce, age 27, and my husband is Omar Arce, also 27. He is a Senior Firefighter for Sierra National Forest Engine 51, based in North Fork. I have been married to Omar for three years but together for six. Our daughter Hope Liana is 3 ½ and is an absolute joy. We gave her this name because ...

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IRS Warns of Back-to-School Scam

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers against telephone scammers targeting students and parents during the back-to-school season and demanding payments for non-existent taxes, such as the “Federal Student Tax.” People should be on the lookout for IRS impersonators calling students and demanding that they wire money immediately to pay a fake “federal student tax.” If the person ...

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