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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.

The Week’s Events – October 19 – October 24

OAKHURST–Everyone seems to be resting up for Halloween. But ART the BEAR, the iconic symbol of ARTober in Oakhurst, is still appearing throughout the town every day. Follow the ARTober in Oakhurst Facebook page for clues on Art’s next hideout. He’s a real cutie. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19 Morning Yoga with Sarah 8:30 am – 9:30 am Oakhurst Community Center 39800 ...

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24th Annual Tarantula Celebration Takes Place in Coarsegold, Sat. Oct. 30

COARSEGOLD–For Diane Boland, founder and organizer of the 24th Annual Coarsegold Tarantula Awareness Festival, the event is a reparation of sorts. The hairy crawlers come out in droves to Coarsegold Historic Village—helped by their human friends—on Saturday, October 30 between 10:30 am to 5 pm. Diane moved to Coarsegold around 1979. Finding a tarantula in her driveway, she backed her ...

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Mark Reed Wants Your Vote for District 5 Supervisor

OAKHURST–Mark Reed, candidate for District 5 Madera County Supervisor, says his ties go back five decades in Madera County. He, his wife Nina, his three children and his eleven grandchildren all currently live in Oakhurst. He feels a real connection with the area and is committed to serve its citizens. He owns properties in four California counties, including Madera County, ...

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The Week’s Events – October 11 through October 17

OAKHURST–Sierra Art Trails is over, and Oakhurst Fall Festival has ended. Things have slowed down slightly, but don’t forget. This is not only October; it is also ARTober. Follow ARTober in Oakhurst on Facebook for clues to find your very own Art the Bear. He’s the most popular guy in town. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12 Morning Yoga with Sarah 8:30 am ...

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New Kidz in Town

OAKHURST–A new child development center has sprung up on Indian Springs Drive. Kidz Can 2, situated at the same location as the former Indian Springs Children’s Center, is new to the mountain area but not to the child care field. The center is owned by Nancy Alejandrez and operated in conjunction with her daughter and office manager, Alyssa Ybarra. Nancy has ...

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Jazz and Trains in the Forest

FISH CAMP — Jazz in the forest? Who knew! With a Steinway, no less. The last few years have not been easy for iconic destination Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. In March 2017, railroad owner and local legend Max Stauffer passed away. Later that year, the eponymous Railroad Fire encroached on its perimeter and singed some of its land and ...

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The Week’s Events, Oct. 4 – October 10

OAKHURST – Eastern Madera County’s two biggest events of the year take place this weekend. Sierra Art Trails continues its run with a second weekend Friday, October 8 through Sunday October 10, at various locations throughout the mountain area. Purchase a Sierra Art Trails catalog at Stellar Gallery or Visit Yosemite Madera County. One catalog at $20 admits two participants ...

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Bobby Macaulay Completes Final Bass Lake Cleanup for 2021

Bass Lake – Bobby Macaulay, who is running for Supervisor of Madera County’s District 5, notes that he has been spending free time on efforts like this for years. Now, as he meets and gets to know more people, he hopes to motivate them to participate with him.  “It was just common sense to make it a team effort” he ...

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Who Are You? Where Are You?

OAKHURST–October 7 marks the three-month anniversary of the hit-and-run death of Oakhurst resident, Eben Hammond, plowed down by an SUV as he walked with friends along School Road. Someone knows something. Someone has seen a vehicle with major damage that appeared suddenly on or after July 7, 2021. Nothing can restore Eben to his family and friends, but identifying the ...

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