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Rough Fire Doubles In Size

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Yesterday afternoon the lightning-caused Rough Fire, burning on the Sierra National Forest north of Hume Lake, became very active doubling in size, from 600 to 1,200 acres with zero percent containment. Though the fire is southeast of Shaver Lake and some 50 miles from Oakhurst as the crow flies, smoke from the fire has impacted the ...

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Short Story Writing Workshop Starts In September

MARIPOSA – The Mariposa County Arts Council will be offering a six-week short story writing workshop, led by published author C.B. Mosher, starting Wednesday, Sept. 9. This course is open to the public and designed for individuals with an interest in writing and an enthusiasm for learning. Writers at every level are encouraged to attend. C.B. Mosher has lived in South ...

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Vehicle Fire Threatens Homes On Road 226

NORTH FORK – A pickup that caught fire on Old Town Road (Road 226) this morning blocked traffic and set neighbors’ nerves on edge as it spread into the vegetation. The driver of the Ford pickup was westbound on Road 226 just after 11 a.m., when he reportedly ran out of gas. After retrieving a gas can, he returned to ...

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Meet State Legislators Berryhill And Bigelow In The Foothills

COUNTY – Here’s a chance to meet your state legislators in a one-on-one, at three different locations in a single day this month, as Senator Tom Berryhill and Assemblymember Frank Bigelow will make three stops in the foothills on Friday, Aug. 21. In the morning, the Senator and Assemblymember will be at the Miner’s Roadhouse in Mariposa from 9 to ...

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Forest Service Mourns Loss Of Beloved Volunteer

CLOVIS  – The Sierra National Forest regrets to report the passing of beloved volunteer John Glenn on Aug. 6. They share with his family in mourning his loss and express their deepest condolences on his passing. John was a longtime volunteer working with the Sierra National Forest, and died from injuries he sustained yesterday, engaging in the volunteer work he ...

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Reading to the Rhythm at the North Fork Library

By Sarah Lingenfelter NORTH FORK – The North Fork Library held their six-week children’s and teen summer reading program encouraging kids, preteens, and teens to read throughout the summer by participating in the positive influence of music. The children’s program featured local music, diverse musicians and musical instruments from around the world, line dancing, fun with bubbles, and musical instrument ...

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Man Charged In Jet Ski Death Arraigned

MADERA COUNTY – A San Jose man who has been charged with misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter in the jet ski death of a 13-year-old Fresno boy at Bass Lake on June 27, was arraigned in Bass Lake Superior Court on Tuesday, Aug 4. Phat Chau, 55, did not personally appear, but pleaded not guilty through his attorney. Criminal charges were filed ...

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Rough Fire Burns In Nearly Inaccessible Terrain Near Kings River

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – On July 31, lightning storms ignited several fires on the Sierra National Forest. Firefighters were successful in controlling all but one, which has been dubbed the Rough Fire. Located midway up the steep, rocky canyon walls of the upper Kings River drainage by Deer Ridge (Monarch Wilderness) and Rough Spur Ridge, the fire was last reported ...

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Willow Fire Rehab Continues, Central Camp Road Open

NORTH FORK – Firefighters continue mop-up and suppression repair on the Willow Fire, which burned 5,702 acres northeast of North Fork, and is now 90 percent contained. Crews are being demobilized to other fires across the state, and the number of personnel assigned to the incident is now 864. The public is reminded that a lot of firefighting equipment will ...

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Russel Wayne Loudon

Russel Wayne Loudon, longtime resident of Oakhurst passed away from natural causes on July 16th, 2015 at age 67. Mr. Loudon had recently retired from the Raymond-Knowles School District where he worked as a bus driver, coach, teacher’s aide and maintenance man. Previously Mr. Loudon worked with main frame computers in Salt Lake City Utah, was a painting contractor and ...

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