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Pet Owners Beware: Toxic Algae Bloom Hitting Area Lakes

Dogs playing in water.

MOUNTAIN AREA — Officials across the Golden State are warning that a summer outbreak of toxic blue-green algae in area ponds and lakes could be deadly to dogs and other animals. On its website, the California EPA (CAL EPA) is reporting that on August 14th  water samples taken from Indian Lakes in Madera County tested positive for a potential toxic ...

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Historic Village Welcomes New Businesses

COARSEGOLD — A pair of giant scissors clipped a lot of ribbons Thursday at Coarsegold’s Historic Village. Amid a festive atmosphere, the Coarsegold Chamber of Commerce hosted its biggest-ever ribbon cutting this week, officially welcoming three new businesses — Thicket + Vine Nursery, Yosemite Drug and Mountain Medical Supply — to the Historic Village. The popular Wild Fig Kitchen, which ...

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Former Coarsegold Resident Admits to Embezzlement, Must Pay $44K in Restitution

OAKHURST — A former Coarsegold resident who admitted to embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from an Oakhurst business has been ordered to make full restitution. Heather Marie Stieler, 48, who used to be the bookkeeper for Fullmer’s Appliance Repair, agreed to a plea deal on June 20, 2019, resulting in 10 felony convictions, including embezzlement, forgery and grand theft. ...

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Oakhurst Sierra Rotary Gives $10,725 to Boys & Girls Club

The Rotary Club of Oakhurst Sierra — also know as the Noon Rotary — presented a giant check Tuesday to the Oakhurst Boys & Girls Club. The $10,750 donation was “huge” in more ways than one, according to Doug Macaulay, board president of the Oakhurst Boys & Girls Club, which has been shuttered since late June due to funding issues. ...

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New Oakhurst Urgent Care Now Expected to Open in October

OAKHURST — Camarena Health now plans to open its new urgent care clinic in Oakhurst sometime in October, according to an update provided Wednesday by the organization’s CEO. “Our contractor is actually calling for inspections today and we hope to have a certificate of occupancy in the next few days. That will allow us to begin the licensing process with ...

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Coarsegold Shopping Center Sold for $3.25M

COARSEGOLD — Ownership of one of Coarsegold’s single-largest commercial properties has changed hands. The 5.78-acre mini-mall and strip development on the east side of Highway 41, home to a number of the town’s most active businesses, was sold to a Bay Area real estate investment trust. The property’s current tenants include the Coarsegold Market, Napa Auto Parts, Robert’s Frosty, Kwik ...

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2020 Trial Date Set for NF Woman Charged in 2016 Homicide

MADERA — Wearing “Justice for Bonnie Hale” T-shirts, ten of Hale’s family members filed into Department 22 at the Madera County Superior Courthouse on Monday morning. The group, whose T-shirts were also emblazoned with Hale’s picture, were hoping to see the wheels of justice start spinning a little faster. But at Monday’s hearing, the Hale family learned they’ll have to ...

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‘Bull Market’ in Oakhurst Promotes 2019 Coarsegold Stampede

OAKHURST — Wall Street had nothing on Oakhurst Saturday morning when the Von’s shopping center was transformed into a bull market — with a 1,500-pound rodeo bull named Wizard pacing the parking lot across from the grocery store. The eight-year-old animal, considered “rodeo royalty” according to his handlers, was at the shopping center to promote the upcoming Coarsegold Stampede Pro ...

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Update: Boys & Girls Club Now Hoping to Reopen in September

OAKHURST — Officials at the Oakhurst Boys and Girls Club issued an update today on the organization’s ongoing efforts to reopen. Doug Macaulay, president of the nonprofit’s board of directors, said it will be at least another month until the club, which has been shuttered since late June, can resume operations. “The Oakhurst Boys and Girls Club Board and Staff ...

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NF Man Charged in Lee Homicide Makes Court Appearance

MADERA — A North Fork man charged with murder in the shooting death of prominent Mono Indian tribal elder Gaylen Lee made a brief appearance in Madera County Superior Court Thursday morning. Robert Eugene Moye Jr., 47, has been held in the Madera County Jail on a $3.75 million bond since his arrest July 6 in the hours immediately following ...

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