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Winter Storm Warning Issued for Mountain Areas Above 4,000′

MOUNTAIN AREA — The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a Winter Storm Warning, in effect from 10 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 16) to 4 p.m. Friday for the Central and Southern Sierra. The warning includes mountain area communities above 4,000 feet in elevation. Heavy snow expected above 4,000 feet, according to NWS forecasters, with total snow accumulations of 4 ...

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PG&E Warns of Scams Targeting Customers by Phone

MOUNTAIN AREA — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) is alerting customers to be aware of ongoing scam phone calls with criminals threatening to shut off power if a payment is not made. There reportedly have been double the number of scam attempts, in some areas, compared to this time last year. PG&E’s Corporate Security department has received several reports ...

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California Restaurant Month Spotlight: Oakhurst Grill and Whiskey 41 Lounge

Eastern Madera County is home to waterfalls, giant trees and culinary royalty. In honor of California Restaurant Month, happening throughout January, SNO presents a special series spotlighting each participating restaurant. OAKHURST – When the millions of visitors to Yosemite National Park subside for the winter, locals take a deep breath of the crisp mountain air and enjoy having the town ...

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California Restaurant Month Spotlight: Ducey’s on the Lake

Eastern Madera County is home to waterfalls, giant trees and culinary royalty. In honor of California Restaurant Month, happening throughout January, SNO presents a special series spotlighting each participating restaurant. BASS LAKE – A world away from the hustle and bustle of life in town, this hidden gem near the gateway to Yosemite National Park is closer than you might ...

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MCSO Invites Public to Attend Swearing-in, Awards Ceremony

MADERA — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a swearing-in, promotional and special awards ceremony to recognize recent new hires and promotions within the department. The event will take place Thursday (Jan. 16) at 4 p.m. at MCSO headquarters, which is located at 2725 Falcon Drive in Madera. Among MCSO personnel to be recognized: Promotions: Ian Weaver, Sergeant Matthew ...

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YHS Track Team Hosting ‘All Comers’ Track Meet

OAKHURST —  Yosemite High School’s track team is hosting an “All Comers” track meet. The event will take place at the YHS track on Jan. 25 beginning at 9 a.m. with registration and field events. The meet is a senior project/fundraiser for the YHS track team. Ages five and older are welcome to participate in “a day of fun and ...

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MCSO POP Team Makes Felony Arrest in O’Neals

O’NEALS — When the Madera County Sheriff’s Office received information late last week regarding a prohibited person reportedly being in possession of a firearm, the Madera County Sheriff’s Problem Oriented Policing (POP) team initiated an investigation. After MCSO Deputy Mike Chambers discovered the subject, 45-year-old Pasquale Desantis, is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms, the POP team, with assistance from ...

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Soroptimists to Host ‘Dream It – Be It’ Career Conference for Girls

OAKHURST — Soroptimist International of The Sierras will be hosting its 5th annual ‘Dream It – Be It’ Career Conference for area girls later this month. The free event will take place Jan. 25 in Oakhurst. Seating for the conference is limited and attendees must pre-register and also provide a signed parental consent form, which is available on the club’s ...

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Stomach Illness Report Spurs Yosemite Food Services Probe

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — The Associated Press is reporting that federal health officials are inspecting Yosemite National Park’s food service areas after at least a dozen people have fallen ill with stomach issues. The National Park Service and the U.S. Public Health Service confirmed late last week that they launched an investigation after employees and visitors reported the problems this ...

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New North Fork ‘University’ Debuts with ‘Meeting of the Minds’

NORTH FORK – North Fork University’s inaugural program — “Meeting of the Minds” — drew about 40 curious “students” to the STUDIO Friday night. The “class” featured a lively discussion from a round table of historical figures including Winston Churchill, Hawaiian Queen Lili’uokalani (local actress Cassandra Hepburn), Chinese philosopher Dr. Sun Yet-sun, painter Pablo Picasso and President Abraham Lincoln. The ...

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