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Homeward Bound From Railroad Fire, Battalion Chief Dies In Traffic Accident

SANTA MARIA – Station KEYT is reporting that a Battalion Chief returning home from the Railroad Fire has died following a traffic accident. Oscar Flores says Los Padres National Forest officials announced that Santa Lucia District Battalion Chief Gary Helming was killed in a car crash early Thursday morning, Aug. 31, while returning home from an assignment on the Railroad ...

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Wildfires, Heat And High Pressure Bring Health Concerns

MOUNTAIN AREA — Smoke from the Railroad and South Fork Fire burning in both Madera/Mariposa Counties, the Empire Fire burning in Mariposa County, the Pier Fire burning in Tulare County, and all other surrounding wildfires have the potential to affect air quality throughout the entire San Joaquin Valley and foothills above, prompting Air District officials to issue a health cautionary ...

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Bass Lake Lions Club Home Tour Postponed

UPDATE Sept. 6, 11 a.m.: Due to the smoke and the fires in our area the Home Tour that was set to happen on Sept. 9 has been postponed, says the Bass Lake Lions Club. BASS LAKE — How many times have you looked longingly through the sun-drenched windows of a beautiful lakeside home and wondered what was inside? Now ...

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Wanted By CRCD: Crew Estimates For Cutting Firewood

MOUNTAIN AREA — The Coarsegold Resource Conservation District (CRCD) is looking for a three-person firewood cutting crew to do some work made possible through a recently awarded grant, says Anne Melrose, Executive Director of the organization. “The job will entail working in several different locations, including North Fork, Oakhurst, Ahwahnee and Coarsegold,” Anne explains. “Downed trees and logs will be ...

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Sheriff’s Crime Log Through Aug. 27

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Aug. 21, to Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. Oakhurst aggravated assault On Monday, Aug. 21 at 12:02 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to the Mini Mart regarding an assault that occurred behind the Chevron Gas Station located within the 40000 block of CA-41. ...

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Air Quality Alert And Excessive Heat Warning

MOUNTAIN AREA — The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has issued an Air Quality Alert due to smoke impacts from the South Fork wildfire, for Madera, Fresno, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced Counties. This Air Quality Alert is in effect until Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017. Exposure to particle pollution can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, cause asthma ...

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Ladies Of The Lakes Host Blood Drive

COARSEGOLD — Ladies of the Lakes and the Central Valley Blood Bank will host a Blood Drive at the Yosemite Lakes Park Clubhouse on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone planning to donate is reminded to hydrate well and eat prior to giving blood. Donors are then invited to sit for a while in the resting ...

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If That’s The Way You Like It: KC And The Sunshine Band

COARSEGOLD — Looking for a really fun time? Chukchansi’s 2017 Sounds of Summer outdoor concert series presents KC and the Sunshine Band on Saturday, Sept. 2, in the outdoor pavilion.  KC and the Sunshine Band formed in 1973 with one single purpose: to create instant happiness through music – and the group has done just that, topping the charts with singles including ...

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Sounds Of Summer: Scotty McCreery At Chukchansi

COARSEGOLD — Chukchansi’s 2017 Sounds of Summer concert series brings Scotty McCreery to the outdoor pavilion stage on Saturday, Aug. 26. “Scotty McCreery burst onto the national music scene in 2011, quickly establishing himself as one of country music’s hottest new stars. Now just a few years later, the talented singer/songwriter has album sales approaching 3 million; earned both Platinum and ...

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Award-Winning Pianist John Nilsen In Concert

OAKHURST — If you’re in the mood to hear beautiful music this weekend, look no further than the concert taking place this weekend in Oakhurst. Award-winning pianist John Nilsen will take to the ivories on Saturday, Aug. 19 at the New Community United Methodist Church. The concert starts at 3 p.m. and it’s free. John Nilsen is a pianist, guitarist, ...

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