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Relay For Life Gears Up For May 2017 Event

OAKHURST — Eastern Madera County’s Relay for Life organizers are excited to announce plans for their 2017 event, The Relay for Life will take place on Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Oak Creek Intermediate School in Oakhurst. The theme this year is “Musicals.” “Partnering with the American Cancer Society, our local community of volunteers ...

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More Good Salt May Not Be Bad

For years my younger son was a chocolate maker in Portland, gifted in combining flavors to create unusual combos that were remarkable yummy, like chili and orange, lemon with lavender and honey, or curry chocolate. My favorite of all time was dark chocolate sea salt caramels. I still occasional crave that heavenly salty-sweet combo! I have always found it curious ...

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Are You Doing The Right Thing The Wrong Way?

CENTRAL SIERRA – The last thing you want to do while working to protect your home from wildfire is to cause one, or to be billed for suppression efforts made necessary by negligent actions, and unintended consequences. During the dry fire-prone months, mountain area residents are extra diligent in keeping the dry weeds cut and under control in an effort ...

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YARTS Bus Service Resumes On Highway 41 For Summer

MADERA COUNTY — YARTS buses will start rolling up Highway 41 to Yosemite National Park starting Monday, May 15, thanks to funding from the Fresno Council of Governments (COG) and the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS). Now that YARTS has resumed service on the busy corridor, residents and visitors alike will be able to access round-trip public transportation to and ...

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HOW Dinner Honors Nina Costella

OAKHURST — The local chapter of the nonprofit organization Helping One Woman (HOW) will meet on Wednesday, May 17, in the gymnasium at Yosemite High School, in support of Nina Costella. Nina’s beloved daughter Shania Faith Costella, a YHS student, was lost in a tragic auto accident on Jan. 7, at just 16 years old. “I can’t imagine what this must feel like,” ...

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Jury Returns A Verdict In The Murder Trial Of George Taylor-Windsor

BASS LAKE — After eight days of testimony and two days of deliberation, the jury in the murder and attempted murder trial of George Taylor-Windsor has reached a verdict. Taylor-Windsor, 26, was found guilty of first degree murder in the stabbing death of Jessica Nelson, 23, of Foresthill, Calif., as well as guilty of the special allegation of using a deadly weapon in ...

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Premiere Of Matt Sconce Horror Film, “Altar”

FRESNO — Local filmmaker and co-owner of The Met Cinema, Matt Sconce, is getting ready for the premiere of his latest movie, a haunting horror picture, Altar. The red carpet will unfurl on Saturday, May 13 at the Crest Theater, starting at 5:30 p.m. Altar has won 21 awards over its festival run, and this marks Matt’s seventh feature film. “We’ll have celebrity guests, ...

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Yosemite High School Community Awards 2017

OAKHURST — The theater was full, as was the stage, where nervously excited young people sat facing the audience of loved ones while their names were called during Community Awards, given to members of Yosemite High School Class of 2016 on Monday, May 8. Principal Randy Seals greeted the students and families, expressing appreciation for the citizen and community groups and individuals who are ...

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Register Now For Alerts This Fire Season

CENTRAL SIERRA – In light of the disastrous tree mortality and the profusion of vegetation (fuel!) after the winter rains, it is imperative for all people who live or work in Madera County – especially those in the foothills – to register or update their information for emergency contact. Madera County’s Emergency Alert System, also known as MCAlert, allows residents ...

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Oakhurst CPR’s Kevin Stafford: Called To Serve

MOUNTAIN AREA — Oakhurst CPR owner Kevin Stafford seems destined to provide service to the public, and he was just a young man still in his teens when the idea of how he would do that began to take form. Kevin stepped foot into the medical field at just 17 years old, when he took a first responder course in Boot ...

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