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First, Last And Only Supermoon Of ’17 (But More To Come)

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE – Overnight on Saturday, Dec. 2 we get to experience a supermoon — the first, last and only this year. When the moon reaches its full phase at the closest point to Earth along the satellite’s elliptical orbit, causing la luna to look bigger and about 30 percent brighter in the sky, that’s a supermoon — according to NASA. Precisely speaking, ...

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Update On Deputies Following HazMat Exposure

OAKHURST — Two Madera County Sheriff’s Office deputies have been examined by doctors following what appears to have been exposure to hazardous chemicals while on duty. Just after 8:30 a.m. today, the Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate the possibility of stolen property at Oakhurst Self Storage on Winding Way. Shortly before 10 a.m., two of the responding deputies began exhibiting ...

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Deputies Require Medical Attention After Possible HazMat Exposure

OAKHURST — A response to a call regarding possible stolen property resulted in two Madera County Sheriff’s deputies being transported for medical treatment. This morning at approximately 8:32 a.m, deputies arrived at Oakhurst Self Storage on Winding Way to investigate reports of possible stolen property. Shortly before 10 a.m., two of the responding deputies began exhibiting the type of symptoms ...

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Christmas Bird Counts Scheduled In The Central Sierra

Contributed by Len McKenzie, YAAS — The arrival of December heralds a number of holiday traditions and festive celebrations. Among the traditions for birding enthusiasts is the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, when thousands of intrepid observers throughout the western hemisphere take to the field for one day to make a record of all the birds they see and hear. ...

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Man Ends Up In Court Over Escaped Control Burn

MADERA COUNTY — A judgment handed down in Bass Lake Superior court today is a good reminder that citizens are responsible when their burn piles get away from them. A resident who lives in the 28000 block of Road 400 appeared before Judge Charles Wieland today in a case that involved an escaped burn on Nov. 3. The man admitted ...

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ACT Dog Of The Week: Meet Twister

The Animal Compassion Team (ACT) foster and adoption program has a new Dog of the Week for SNO. Twister is a mix of Rat Terrier and Chihuahua. Hi, my name is Twister and my foster momma says I am a very kindhearted and gentle puppy. I’m about four months old and the last of my litter. I weigh about 5 ...

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Holiday Spirit Abounds At Cowboy Christmas Concert

OAKHURST — Once again, the Oakhurst Lutheran Church has a special Cowboy Christmas Concert planned to get everyone in the holiday spirit on Sunday, Dec. 10. There will be two performances, one at 2:30 p.m., and a second at 6:30 p.m. The concerts feature Bobby Black, Tim Johnson, Candie Cobb, and Wendy LeBlanc. Bobby Black is a world renowned master ...

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Big Changes In Store For Voters In Madera County Elections

MADERA COUNTY — Beginning with the June 5 election, voters in Madera County will be able to vote in person for nearly two weeks ahead of the election, and every registered voter will receive a ballot in the mail. Madera County Clerk/Recorder/Registrar Rebecca Martinez says she hopes everyone will be excited about the improvements to the voting process. “I am ...

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Tracking Santa With Free Games & Apps

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Do your kids want to keep an eye on the big guy in the red suit this holiday season? Here’s how: The North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating the 62nd Anniversary of tracking Santa’s yuletide journey!  The NORAD Tracks Santa website, www.noradsanta.org, launching Dec. 1, features Santa’s North Pole Village, which includes a holiday countdown, ...

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Free Elf On The Shelf Party At Branches

OAKHURST — Bring the believers to Branches Books & Gifts on Monday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. in celebration of their free-to-attend Elf on the Shelf Holiday Party. The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition is a 2005 children’s picture book, written by Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell, and illustrated by Coë Steinwart. The Branches Books Elf ...

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