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Community Bids Fond Farewell To Jo Ann Griffin

Written by Mary Beth Harrison NORTH FORK – A gala gathering of North Fork residents along with many of her family members gathered at Grace Community Church in North Fork on Aug. 1, to say farewell to Jo Ann Griffin, a long time North Fork resident and teacher. Jo Ann came to North Fork with her husband, David Royce, in ...

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The History Mystery #31

North Fork History Group members recently came across these two grave sites about one half mile south of Bass Lake dam. The names on the graves are George Pell, Theophilus Belmontes, Alex Carso, Agapito Mora, but there are no dates. Does anyone know the history of these graves? Please leave a comment on this site or email NorthForkHistoryGroup@gmail.com Prepared by ...

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Fire In Jose Basin Forces Evacuations

AUBERRY – The Musick Fire, burning along Forest Road 9S07 between Power House Road and Highway 168, is adding to the already smoky skies and frayed nerves of the mountain area. The fire was reported shortly after noon today at about 5 to 10 acres. Crews are on scene and more are en route to the fire, which was most ...

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Lake Co. Man Arrested For Starting Backfire

LAKE COUNTY, CALIF. – As firefighters battled the Jerusalem Fire, estimated at 5,000 acres and burning southeast of Clear Lake in northern California, Cal Fire Law Enforcement officers arrested Juan Ramos Silva, 49, of Lower Lake, Calif., for one count of arson and allegedly starting a backfire. Silva was arrested on Sunday, Aug. 9, at approximately 7:30 p.m. The Press ...

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Free Training For Workers Impacted By Drought

REEDLEY – Reedley College is offering a free class in Irrigation Technical Training that is open to the public. The class is offered to residents in the Fresno, Tulare, Kings or Madera Counties and will provide training to workers, employers and students that are currently unemployed or underemployed as a result of the drought. With the water technology industry needing ...

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Madera Ranked #1 Nationally For Manufacturing Jobs

MADERA COUNTY – The Madera Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which includes most of Madera County, has been highlighted and ranked in the coveted #1 position of best place for manufacturing jobs in a report published by Newgeography.com. According to the Madera County Economic Development Commission (MCEDC), the report documents a 59.8% growth rate in manufacturing jobs from 2009-2014. Additionally, Madera ...

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Happy Birthday Smokey Bear!

What’s your first memory of Smokey Bear? Smokey Bear has been one of the most effective characters for a continuing ad campaign — ever. He’s been in print, television and radio public service announcements (PSAs) and is recognized by 95 percent of adults and 77 percent of children in the U.S., according to the Ad Council. Smokey’s likeness has been ...

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Mariposa Town Hall Meeting On Transportation

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Residents of Mariposa County are invited to attend a Town Hall Meeting at the Mariposa County Government Center – Board of Supervisors Chambers, 5100 Bullion Street, on Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by an open house. The County of Mariposa is kicking off a comprehensive transportation planning study focused on the Historic Town ...

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YLP Fire Burns Between Homes On Meadow Drive

YOSEMITE LAKES PARK – Crews responded to a vegetation fire on Meadow Lane off Lilley Mountain Drive in Yosemite Lakes Park this afternoon at about 5 p.m. First engine at scene reported the fire at approximately 1/4 acre with one house immediately threatened. Sheriff’s deputies prepared to evacuate residents if necessary, but it didn’t come to that as firefighters quickly ...

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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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