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The Family Behind The Firefighter: Sharleena And Nick Robison

Sharleena’s story: “the strength behind the boots.” My husband is Nick Robison, 34, and he is a Squad Leader on the Sierra Hotshots based out of Batterson in Oakhurst. I am Sharleena Robison, 31, and have been married to Nick for five years, but have been together for six years. We have a son named Kaden, age 4 ½ and a ...

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Find Insect Repellent That’s Right For You

MOUNTAIN AREA — With so much talk about mosquitoes in the news every day, it seems like a good idea to use a proper repellent. It’s not just a matter of inconvenience to swat away a few bugs. Instead, it’s become more of a necessity to use some kind of repellent for the purpose of proactive healthcare. The market is jammed with products ...

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Library Workshop: Backyard Wildlife

Written by Celeste Wheeler — OAKHURST — Bobcats and mountain lions and black bears, oh my! These are just a few of the wild animals prominent in Yosemite National Park and the surrounding foothill communities that Park Ranger Christine Raines will discuss in a workshop scheduled at the Oakhurst Branch Library. The event takes place on Saturday, Aug. 27 from ...

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Easy Way To Help EMC SPCA While You Shop

OAKHURST — Area residents who love to shop and also love animals will want to know that local volunteers have set up an account with Giving Assistant they say allows 2% of your Amazon Smile purchases to be designated for the EMC SPCA. So, while you shop, you can also help fund the building of a new, state-of-the-art no kill Eastern Madera County ...

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Birds? YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard)

Written by Celeste Wheeler — OAKHURST — While most of us would respond to a proposed industrial development next door with the slogan “NIMBY” or “NOT in My Back Yard,” the reaction should most definitely be quite the opposite with respect to birds. A presentation by John K. Cross at the Oakhurst Library Community Room from 10:30 a.m. to noon ...

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The History Mystery #43

NORTH FORK — The North Fork History Group has a booklet in our archives entitled “History Notes on Grace Community Church.” It was written by Clara Radman, Dorothy Knoch and Rowena Kratzer. It covers a number of subjects but our History Mystery has to do with how the congregation obtained the church building. Prior to the present church building, services ...

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Sierra Vista Scenic Byway Tour Focuses On Geology

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — “Tabletops to Domes” will be the focus of a guided tour along the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway on Saturday, July 30. Join geologist Tom Burdette in an informative tour and discussion of the geology of the Sierra Nevada as observed along the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway, sharing the amazing events that have led to the present ...

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What’s There To Do Around Here?

OAKHURST — Ever wondered what there is to do around the mountain area? Come to the Oakhurst Branch Library to hear Judi Hussain explain the plethora of activities this marvelous area has to offer. Judi has been the Visitor Center Coordinator at Yosemite Sierra Visitor Center (now called Visit Yosemite | Madera County) for the past five years, and this weekend she’ll ...

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What To Do If You Find A Fawn

MOUNTAIN AREA — Even as the summer sun beats down on the trees and grassland, fawns are being born to mule deer in the foothills and higher elevations, and stumbling around sleepy-eyed in their first few weeks of life. The small, spotted, delicate creatures are vulnerable to predators and, as it turns out, humans are among the species that can be dangerous to ...

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Low-Water Garden Design Workshop In Mariposa

Written by Elizabeth Gabriel — MARIPOSA — Permaculture is a good thing. What is it? According to Bill Mollison, an Australian researcher, author, scientist, teacher and biologist who is considered the father of permaculture, it is “the conscious design and maintenance of cultivated ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of a natural ecosystem.” In other words, making your ...

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