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Mountain Area Home ‘Sold’ Prices Rise in First Quarter of 2020

MOUNTAIN AREA — Local Realtor Ed Bailey of Ed Bailey Realty in Oakhurst reports that January-through-March 2020 home sales increased significantly compared to sales activity during the same period in 2019. Forty six mountain area homes were sold in Q1 2020, Bailey reported, compared to 36 sales during the same period last year. The median purchase price was $315,875, increasing ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Plan Your ‘Victory’ Vegetable Garden Now

Picture of a vegetable garden.

By Bob Labozetta, UC Master Gardener, Mariposa MARIPOSA — With so many people following stay-at-home orders, vegetable gardens are on the rise across the country. Are you ready to put in your own “victory” garden? Let’s look at some tips to get you started. When planning a garden, consider where the sunlight falls. Almost all vegetables grow best in full ...

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Health Director: ‘No New Cases, Please Stay the Course’

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) reported late Thursday that another 24 hours had passed without a new confirmed case of COVID-19 in the county. “No new cases – great news – but please stay the course,” said MCDPH Director Sara Bosse. Bosse added that she does not believe the county has seen the “peak” of cases ...

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Officials: ‘Drive-Through/Drive-In’ Events Banned over Easter Weekend

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — In advance of the Easter weekend, Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) Director Sara Bosse issued a directive this week regarding preventive measures mountain community members should be taking with regard to “public” events. In her directive, Bosse emphasized that so-called “drive-through and drive-in” events do not qualify for an exception to the current ban on ...

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Mountain Area Residents Encouraged to Complete 2020 Census

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Uncle Sam wants to know some basic information about area households — information that will dictate how much federal money is allocated to counties for critical services like roads and bridges, schools, hospitals and fire stations. But statewide, according to government officials on Thursday, just 47 percent of Californians have responded so far to the 2020 U.S. ...

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Madera County: No New Confirmed Cases Since Saturday

MADERA — County health officials are currently monitoring 77 individuals for signs of the coronavirus. But for the past four days, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases countywide has remained at 30. On Wednesday afternoon, Madera County Department of Public Health officials again reported “no new local cases” over the past 24 hours. Only one person, a man in ...

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PG&E: Closing All 38 Recreational Sites ‘Until at Least May’

SACRAMENTO – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will close its camping and day-use recreational sites across its service area, “until at least May,” at which time the utility will “reassess the closure plan,” according to a PG&E press release issued Wednesday. “PG&E is committed to providing safe and reliable energy and ensuring business continuity in these challenging times. For ...

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Local Restaurants Still Offering Curbside Takeout, Delivery

OAKHURST — A number of area restaurants are still offering curbside takeout and/or delivery, including: Axis Coffee Bar & Eatery 559-795-5450 Buckhorn Saloon & Restaurant 559-877-8700 Casa Velasco 559-683-2272 China Delight 559-641-5888 Cool Bean Cafe 559-683-7575 Coast 2 Coast Pizza 559-683-4653           Deli Delicious 559-683-3033 DiCicco’s 559-641-5588 Ducey’s 559-642-3131 Erna’s Elderberry 559-683-6800 Glow Juicery 559-642-0085 Judy’s ...

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Director: Children’s Museum of the Sierra to Close ‘Permanently’

OAKHURST — After 23 years of serving families and children throughout the mountains and central San Joaquin Valley, the Children’s Museum of the Sierra in Oakhurst on Tuesday announced the permanent closure of the popular facility. Museum Director Jim Elliott announced the unfortunate news in a press release late today. “We are extremely proud of our community museum,” Elliott said. ...

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New County Partnership Responds to Gov.’s ‘Project Roomkey’ Initiative

MADERA — In response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s Project Roomkey initiative, Madera County has formed a partnership to identify at-risk members of the community who may need shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic. The partnership consists of the Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), Community Action Partnership of Madera County (CAPMC), Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), Madera County Department of ...

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