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North Fork Village of 4 Seasons Planning Meeting

NORTH FORK – The community is invited to gather for a meeting on the North Fork “Village of 4 Seasons” project. This new marketing theme in intended to help North Fork get back on track. “Our excellent entertainment and events have been under-appreciated outside the mountain area for too long,” says organizer Don Grove. “The concept to group our events ...

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Failure To Yield Results In Crash Near Usona

MARIPOSA COUNTY – A two-vehicle accident on Highway 49 last Friday is a good reminder to motorists to avoid being complacent behind the wheel, says CHP Officer Steve Lewis, who investigated the crash. On Friday morning, Aug. 30, Christal Harris, 20, of Mariposa, was driving a Subaru approaching the stop sign on Usona Road, and failed to yield the right-of-way ...

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Missing Hiker In Yosemite, Officials Seek Public’s Help

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park officials are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing hiker in the park. James Michael Millet, Jr., planned a day hike to Upper Yosemite Fall on Tuesday, Aug. 11, and has not returned to his vehicle. Michael is a 39-year-old male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds, and has brown hair ...

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Rough Fire Still Challenging Crews In Difficult Terrain

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – The Rough Fire, burning near Hume Lake, has now grown to 66,542 acres with 25 percent containment. There are currently 2,121 personnel assigned to the incident, including 38 crews, 159 engines and 12 helicopters. Transport winds are expected to push the smoke northeast of active fire today. Significant impacts will continue in areas near the fire ...

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Casino Night Excitement At Bandit Town

NORTH FORK – Try your luck on real casino machines during Casino Night at North Fork’s Bandit Town, Saturday, Sept. 19, from 6 to 10 p.m. The buy-in is just  $40 per person, and $300 for a table of eight. The evening includes dinner, which starts at 6 p.m., casino “fun money” buy-in, plus prizes. Games begin at 7 p.m. ...

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Mariposa CHP Conducts DUI/ Driver’s License Checkpoint

MARIPOSA – The Mariposa Area of the California Highway Patrol will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Saturday, Sept. 5, between the hours of 7 p.m. and 2 a.m., somewhere within Mariposa County. The CHP says the deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug ...

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2015 Grizzly Century Bike Ride Cancelled

NORTH FORK – Organizers of the Grizzly Century Bike Ride are saddened to announce that this year’s ride has been cancelled. “There have already been three major fires in the area this summer, making for unhealthy, smoky air for a strenuous Grizzly Century Bike Ride,” say organizers, “and the likelihood of more fires is quite high.” They also note that ...

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Multi-Car Crash Near Broken Bit Blocks Highway 41

COARSEGOLD – A multiple-vehicle crash in front of the Broken Bit just north of Coarsegold on Highway 41, tied up traffic for over an hour this evening. Just after 6 p.m., reports came in of several cars involved in an accident, with one of the vehicles on fire. CHP responded to the scene, and a full wildland fire dispatch was ...

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John West Juvenile Arsonist And Family Leave Town

MADERA – The juvenile who started 13 fires in the John West Road area of Oakhurst in 2014 appeared with his family in Madera Superior Court today, with bags packed. Immediately following a court hearing this morning, where he faced charges of violating last November’s court orders, the teenage arsonist and his family left the county and moved to southern ...

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Smoke Blankets Central Sierra From 60,000 Acre Rough Fire

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – The Rough Fire continues to smother the Central Sierra in thick smoke, causing at least one false alarm for local firefighters this morning as a fire was called in on Road 224 in North Fork. After making contact with the person reporting the fire, crews determined that the smoke from the Rough Fire was the cause ...

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