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Sierra Art Trails ‘Open Studio Tour’ Postponed Until 2021

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OAKHURST — Sierra Art Trails announced this week that the 18th annual Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour has been postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The application for Sierra Art Trails 2021 will go live on SmarterEntry.com on Feb. 1, 2021. If you are an artist who has already applied for 2020, your application fee will be ...

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Madera Supervisors Postpone Final Vote on New Hemp Ordinance

MADERA — The Madera County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday delayed a final decision on whether to approve large-scale expansion of industrial hemp in the county.The final vote on the new ordinance was scheduled for today’s meeting but the board made some last-minute changes, including increasing the maximum allowable size of fields from 50 to 80 acres — and decreasing ...

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Pandemic Changes Mariposa’s ‘Music on the Green’ to ‘Music on the Screen’

MARIPOSA — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mariposa County Arts Council is modifying its annual Music on the Green Summer Concert Series — which this summer will be called “Music on the Screen.” “To minimize any possible risk to Mariposa County residents, local and traveling bands, and visitors, we won’t be holding live public concerts at the Mariposa Art ...

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Madera County Reports 7 New Cases Monday

MADERA — COVID-19 cases around Madera County rose by 10 percent Monday as the Department of Public Health (MCDPH) reported seven new coronavirus victims, five females and two males, bringing the total number of cases countywide to 78. The source of transmission of all of the latest cases is “under investigation,” according to MCDPH.Madera County health officials also reported Monday ...

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Newsom Eases Standards, Says State Could Move to Phase 3 in Early June

NAPA — California will loosen key standards for counties seeking to reopen their economies faster, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday.All but five of California’s 58 counties — including Madera County — will qualify for a variance from the statewide stay-at-home order through the new rules, though not all may choose to seek one, the governor said. Madera County officials sent ...

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Madera County Reports 1 New Case Sunday; Total Cases Now at 71

MADERA — A female in her 30s is the latest confirmed case of COVID-19 in Madera County, according to the Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH).Sunday’s latest case brings the total countywide to 71.Health officials say the woman, who is in home isolation, contacted the virus via community spread, the first new case of community spread in 10 days.Madera ...

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Fresno Man Dies in Weekend Drowning Accident at Angel Falls

BASS LAKE — A Fresno man died Sunday afternoon (May 17) while trying to cross Willow Creek near Angel Falls.The Madera County Sheriff’s Office confirmed late Sunday afternoon that Marcos Moreno, 30, of Fresno, drowned in what was initially reported to be a “medical” rescue off Road 274 at Willow Creek.The accident happened around 12:30 p.m. above Bass Lake.Law enforcement ...

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Report: Rescue Underway Sunday at Angel Falls

BASS LAKE — A “medical” rescue is reportedly underway Sunday at Angel Falls off Road 274 at Willow Creek. SNO is awaiting more details about the incident, which reportedly happened about 12:30 p.m. above Bass Lake. Law enforcement officers — and a medevac air ambulance — were en route to the scene after authorities received reports of an individual submerged ...

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COVID-19 Axes 2020 Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree

NORTH FORK – The board of directors of the North Fork Boosters Club announced last last week that the 2020 edition of the Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree, one of the mountain area’s most popular annual events, is being cancelled due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.“This is tough!” said a post on the Boosters Facebook page. “For sixty straight years ...

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Slickrock Slam Dunk: 10 Minarets Student Films Advance to Finals

By Johanna Ziegler, student journalist for Minarets Press O’NEALS — Minarets may still be a young school, but it has already established itself as a champion for its Media Program. This reputation is reaffirmed following the recent announcement of the SlickRock Student Film Festival’s annual “Final Fives.” Slickrock is a student-oriented film festival with over 14 categories available for high ...

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