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Author Archives: Judi Hussain

Judi Hussain escaped from the big city to the wilds of eastern Madera County over thirty years ago. During her time here she’s worked at selling doors and windows, coordinated Road Scholar adventures at a local conference center and served as visitor center coordinator for Visit Yosemite Madera County. After the COVID shutdown upended her world, she "enjoyed" her first retirement months ever and couldn't wait to get back to work. When offered a position in January 2021 as the chamber administrator for Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce, she grabbed it and held on tight. Her diverse passions include hiking, beading, dog mushing (observer, not participant), travel, writing and languages. The shutdown offered an opportunity to expand on her journeys to Israel in 2016 and 2018, and she’s now studying Hebrew in preparation for a return to the land she uexpectedly grew to love. She’s investigating other travel prospects, as well, targeted toward the end of 2022.

Ahwahnee Resident Publishes First Book

AHWAHNEE—Ahwahnee resident Michael Decker has just published his first novel entitled A Fitting Epitaph. That alone is reason for applause. Even more, he did it at 82 years of age. Michael first wrote A Fitting Epitaph in the 1970’s during the time when he worked as a journeyman typographer while raising his family in the San Francisco Bay Area. He ...

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Rooted—A Vision Becomes Reality

COARSEGOLD—There’s a new kid coming to town in Coarsegold Historic Village. Owner Rose Morgan has scheduled the grand opening of Rooted The Farmers Market Collective for Friday, March 1, 2024. This fulfills a dream she says she’s had for many years. She’s always wished for a local collective of farmers and crafters who provide traditionally-created foods and products in a ...

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EMC SPCA Pet of the Week

AHWAHNEE—Hi, I’m Pebbles, and I’m really cute. Don’t you think so, too? I’d be your best friend forever if you supply me with lots and lots of toys that have squeakers, ’cause I love to hear myself make lots of noise. I’m just a young pup, in the prime of my life, at about 28 months old and 50 pounds. ...

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Scenic Byway Association Holds Status Meeting

NORTH FORK—A near-record crowd filled the North Fork Scout Building the evening of Tuesday, February 13, 2024. They gathered for the annual general meeting of the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway Association (SVSBA). Perhaps even more, they came to hear reports from U. S. Forest Service (USFS) personnel on the status of the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway (SVSB). The Byway consists ...

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Cooking as a Way to Connect

OAKHURST—Winter weather in the Sierra Nevada foothills begs for comfort, good food and great friends. A collaboration between the Sierra Senior Center in Oakhurst and Bruce and Lori Howard, also of Oakhurst, brings those elements together. On a monthly basis, Bruce and Lori present seminars entitled “Cooking with Friends.” The next in the series takes place on Friday, February 23, ...

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EMC SPCA Pet of the Week—ADOPTED!

EXCITING NEWS! Buddy and Claudia Long adopted Butch on February 14 (Valentine’s Day!) as a result of his posting as Pet of the Week on SNO! We are so happy for you, Butch. Enjoy your new family. AHWAHNEE—Hi, I’m Butch! I’m 15 months old, and I’m looking for a best friend. Could that be you? I’m really cute, if I ...

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Valentine Activities Abound Locally

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES—Officially Valentine’s Day falls on February 14, but you can make it an extended weekend of fun in our neighborhood, all the way from Friant up to Coarsegold, Oakhurst and Bass Lake. There’s something for all ages and all price points. Please be aware that most of these events require prior reservations. Put your heads together now to decide ...

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EMC SPCA Pet of the Week—ADOPTED

We’re two for two so far, folks. Ken and Sheila Otteson scooped up our first Pet of the Week, Betty White, and have taken her home. OAKHURST—My name is BETTY WHITE. Wait, what? You thought Betty White was WHAT? Oh, that’s the OTHER Betty White. I’m very much alive and raring to go home with you. I am one year ...

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Oakhurst Chamber Dinner and Awards

OAKHURST—Each year the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce holds a Member Appreciation and Installation Dinner, at which the chamber recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the mountain community during the year. Further, the occasion marks the start of the new chamber year and installation of the 2024 officers and directors. Rolling Out the Red Carpet The Oakhurst Community ...

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County Proposes New Evac Route

OAKHURST—As part of his Town Hall series, District 5 Supervisor Robert Macaulay held a meeting at the Oakhurst Elementary School Multipurpose Room on January 22nd. He and other Madera County officials laid out plans for a potential evacuation route to serve the John West/Jean Road area of Oakhurst. The area is one of several in the eastern Madera County area ...

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