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Baby Ethan's Family Holds Fundraisers This Weekend

A local family is in need of your help this weekend. Family and friends of Neal and Tara Jones of Goldside will be washing cars and hosting a rummage sale this weekend to help with the huge costs incurred due to their son Ethan’s medical challenges. In late 2010, Neal and Tara suffered the loss of their newborn son Nicholas. ...

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Experience Sierra Cattle Drives Past & Present

Each summer the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway Association sponsor tours along the Scenic Byway, and this Saturday is your chance to be part of one of these fun and educational events. Experience a true cattle drive and hear some of the history of cow camps in the Sierra. Bart Topping, whose family has been running cattle in the Sierra since ...

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North Fork's Prominence As A Mill Town Began In The 1940s

For over one hundred years, North Fork was known as a logging community. In 1941, the Associated Lumber and Box Company purchased one hundred and thirty five acres from the Thornburg family. The mill, which originated in Beiber, California near the Oregon border, was relocated here in North Fork in mid-1942. On April 1, 1943, the first log was sawed ...

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Vince and Ginny Smith – Citizens of the Year

As the 53rd Annual Loggers Jamboree approaches, CHIPS would like to take this opportunity to salute Vince and Ginny Smith, North Fork’s 2011 Citizens of the Year. The couple is known for their involvement with the North Fork History Group, especially with the research, preparation and marketing of a selection of videos and DVD’s of North Fork’s history. Additionally, they ...

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Logger's Jamboree – Killian Family Grand Marshalls

The Killians, Jane, Buck, John Amy Max, Kim, Shane, Bootsie, Mike and Briand have been named Grand Marshals for the 2012 Loggers Jamboree, in recognition of their long-time support and involvement with the Jamboree as well as logging and its collateral professions. Photo courtesy of Roger Robinette

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Tom Wheeler To Hold Town Hall Meeting in Ahwahnee

Supervisor Tom Wheeler will be holding a Town Hall Meeting tonight in Ahwahnee from 6-8 p.m. at the Wasuma Union Elementary School Cafeteria, 43109 Hwy 49. Discussion topics will include: – Update on the proposed Eastern Madera County SPCA facility across from Ahwahnee Park – Update on the Madera County 2012-13 Budget – Update on the State Rural Fire Fee ...

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It's A Walmart. No, It's A Target…

Everybody seems to know what’s going on over there just east of Kaiser on Highway 49, where they’re shoving all that dirt around. And they’re just sure about it. One woman at Kaiser told me that it was a Target store. “I should know, my husband is working over there.” Another person in Vons announced in no uncertain terms, right ...

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Fire Burning Near Hornitos

The “Gaines Fire,” burning near the town of Hornitos has burned 1,667 acres and is now 100% contained, as of the most recent update at 6:45pm on Thursday. The fire started at about 12:45pm on Tuesday, June 12th at Mount Gaines Road and Hornitos Road, Northwest of Catheys Valley, near the community of Hornitos. The cause of the fire has ...

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Live Music at the North Fork Pizza Factory

The Pizza Factory in North Fork has started a new tradition – Live Music on Tuesday Nights! Every Tuesday, one of the local groups comes out to entertain, and it is a treat to have live music in North Fork this summer! Performers so far have included: Amy Duke, accompanied by Dave Novell of Sugar Pine fame; the very lively ...

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Rattlesnake Avoidance Training For Your Dog

Still teaching your dog to avoid rattlesnakes the old fashioned way? Kellen Rescue is offering a workshop to be held at Oakhurst Cause for Paws that could save your pet’s life. It’s that time of year again when rattlesnakes are out and about and very active, which may cause your dog to become very curious, and that curiosity could prove ...

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