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September 11th Remembrance Day Legislation Signed into Law by Governor

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SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 254, introduced by Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno), was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday, July 16, 2021. Senate Bill 254 encourages public elementary and secondary schools to observe a moment of silence when September 11th falls on a school day. This effort originated last year when Senator Borgeas introduced SB 911. September 11, ...

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Missing Yosemite Hiker’s Body Found Near Mount Clark

YOSEMITE  – Mr. Fred Zalokar, 61, of Reno, Nevada, was found deceased and his body recovered on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, near the summit of Mount Clark. Missing since Saturday, July 17, from Happy Isles to the summit of Mount Clark – Mr. Zalokar used an off-trail route from Bunnell Point. He did not return to Yosemite Valley. If you ...

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How to Navigate Family Feelings About Returning to School

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Whether it’s your child’s first day of kindergarten or the start of middle school, back-to-school season can bring a range of feelings – from worry to excitement – for the entire family. This year may be more emotional as many families spent the better part of the past two school years at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s important ...

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Homicide Confession to Elderly Shooting Victim in Coarsegold

On Sunday, July 18, 202 at approximately 11:20 am, Madera County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported gun shot victim in the 35000 block of Wells Rd in Coarsegold. Deputies discovered an adult male victim at the location, who was ultimately pronounced deceased at the scene. Madera County Sheriff’s Detectives have identified a person of interest in yesterday’s homicide that ...

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Forest Service Announces Cause of 2020 Creek Fire

CLOVIS, Calif. — The Forest Service announced the results of the investigation into the cause of the Creek Fire, a wildfire that began on September 4, 2020, and burned approximately 379,895 acres, destroyed 853 structures, and damaged an additional 64 structures on the Sierra National Forest below Big Creek. Despite an exhaustive investigation, the cause of the fire is officially ...

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Great American Outdoors Act; Sierra National Forest

NORTH FORK – The forests will continue to develop and prioritize future projects and welcomes input from communities, stakeholders, state and federal agencies. Project proposals will be submitted annually through July 2023 and will fund projects to be completed through fiscal year 2025. Congress signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law in August 2020 in response to the growing ...

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Recipe of the Week: Sopapilla Bars

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Finding a unique dessert to impress others can be a tall task. Cakes, brownies and cookies are classics but can be boring and repetitive. When you want something easy, delicious and made to impress, think outside the sweet treat box. Next time you’re in a pinch for something sweet, try these sopapilla bars. They have a sugary, crunchy exterior, but ...

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Yosemite Bank & Founders Bank Rebrand as Premier Valley Bank

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A Message from Premier Valley Bank For several years, our banking teams have operated under three brand names across Central California: Yosemite Bank, Founders Community Bank and Premier Valley Bank. Effective immediately, all banking centers will begin operating under the Premier Valley Bank name. This affects our banking centers in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Oakhurst, Mariposa and Groveland. The ...

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Forest Service Notice

NORTH FORK – After the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) conducted water testing along the Merced River near Hites Cove  as part of the wadeable streams assessment on 6/22/2021 and 6/23/2021 results show a high concentration of algae bloom. The Sierra National Forest (SNF) would like to inform those visitors who like to enjoy this area of the ...

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River Fire | Final at 9656 Acres with 100% Containment

OAKHURST – The River Fire final at 9656 acres burned with 100% containment. Six major structures have been destroyed and six minor structures destroyed. One residences damaged and one minor structure damaged. Engine crews will continue to patrol the fire area over the next couple of days. For your safety and the safety of the first responders, please be cautious on ...

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