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Chili Cook Off Spices Up Bandit Town

NORTH FORK — The North Fork Women’s Club held their annual chili cook off Saturday at Bandit Town — and the competition was hot and spicy. “We had 11 entrants this year in the chili competition. It’s one of our biggest cook offs ever,” said Vicki Young, whose been involved with the North Fork Women’s Club for more than a ...

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Chukchansi Pow Wow Energizes Coarsegold’s Historic Village

COARSEGOLD – The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians’ annual pow wow is expected to draw almost 500 participants — and thousands of visitors — to Coarsegold’s Historic Village this weekend. Tribal culture in all of its artistry, tradition and ceremonial splendor is on full display throughout the Historic Village during the annual three-day event (Oct. 11-13). The popular pow wow ...

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Firefighters Gaining Upper Hand on Briceburg Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY — CAL FIRE reported Friday morning that the Briceburg Fire has not burned any additional acreage in the past 24 hours, while containment has increased to 30 percent. According to the agency’s latest progress report, the Briceburg Fire, which has been active now for four days, has scorched a total of 4,905 acres. CAL FIRE investigators have yet ...

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CAL FIRE: ‘Good Progress’ on Briceburg Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Firefighters appear to be slowly gaining the upper hand on the the Briceburg Fire. CAL FIRE reported Thursday morning that while the fire has burned 4,900 acres, the blaze is now 25 percent contained. “Overnight, firefighters made good progress towards containment,” CAL FIRE said in its latest update, released Thursday morning at 7 a.m. “Efforts today will ...

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NF Man Charged in Lee Homicide Makes Court Appearance

MADERA — The 47-year-old North Fork man accused of killing prominent Mono tribal elder Gaylen Lee made an appearance in Madera County Superior Court on Wednesday morning. Robert Moye has been held in Madera County DOC on a $3.75 million bond since his arrest July 6 immediately following the shooting, which occurred near Lee’s home in North Fork. In addition ...

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Update: Briceburg Fire Grows to 2,235 Acres

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Briceburg Fire has grown to 2,235 acres and is still just 10 percent contained, according to the latest updates issued Tuesday afternoon. Earlier Tuesday morning, CAL FIRE reported the fire’s size at 800 acres, with 10 percent containment. Fire officials in cooperation with the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol will be hosting a ...

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Briceburg Fire Grows to 800 Acres, Now 10 Percent Contained

MARIPOSA COUNTY — As dawn broke Tuesday, the news was guardedly optimistic for nearly 1,000 firefighters battling the so-called Briceburg Fire. The blaze, which started as a 50-acre brush fire, has now increased to 800 acres, according to Cal Fire, with 10 percent containment as of 8 a.m. Tuesday. The fire grew overnight from 550 acres to 800 acres, in ...

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Hodges to Compete Next Month at Timbersports World Championships in Prague

NORTH FORK — Local lumberjack Nate Hodges will compete next month in the 2019 Stihl Timbersports World Championships. The event, which takes place Nov. 1-2 in Prague, Czech Republic, brings together more than 100 of the world’s best timbersport athletes from nearly two dozen countries. Hodges, 35, is a local lumberjack legend who has won the North Fork Loggers Jamboree ...

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Picture Perfect! Sierra Art Trails 2019 Draws Art Lovers to Foothills

MOUNTAIN AREA — Sierra Art Trails 2019 is expected to draw thousands of visitors to the Yosemite foothills this weekend to celebrate art — and the local artists working throughout the area. The three-day event takes place Friday through Sunday (Oct. 4-6) and is one of the highlights of the year for the mountain area art community. Exhibits are underway ...

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YNP Honors ‘Volunteers of the Year’

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — In 2018, more than 13,000 individuals donated over 132,500 hours to “help” at Yosemite National Park with a wide variety of volunteer projects. Dozens of those generous, community-minded volunteers were recognized late last month when park officials hosted the 2019 Volunteers of the Year Awards at a special ceremony held in Yosemite Valley on Sept. 28. ...

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