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Hometown Hero: Soldier Welcomed Back from Afghanistan

FRESNO — Deputies from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office were among a contingent of well wishers greeting Army Specialist Ella Campbell at Fresno Yosemite International Airport as she returned home Thursday night from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. SPC Campbell is from Coarsegold and previously attended school at Yosemite High. “It was a privilege to help welcome you home ...

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‘Snow, Winter Weather’ Advisory Issued for Weekend

MOUNTAIN AREA — The National Weather Service in Hanford on Saturday reissued a Winter Storm Advisory for eastern Madera County as a blast of winter weather is expected to move in Saturday night, bringing snow and high winds to the mountain area. “A storm system originating in the Gulf of Alaska will bring much colder weather and precipitation to the ...

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Yosemite Program Develops Future ‘Environmental Leaders’

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK—A company teaching environmental science in some of the world’s most spectacular classrooms is seeking junior high- and high school-age participants for its upcoming Summer Backpacking programs in Yosemite National Park. The one- and two-week programs are offered through NatureBridge, a San Franciscco-based nonprofit that provides environmental-oriented outdoor education programs open to students entering 7th-12th grade. Led in ...

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9th Annual MS Bike-A-Thon Set for April 26 in Hornitos

HORNITOS — Organizers of the Mariposa County 4-H Citizenship project have scheduled their 9th Annual Multiple Sclerosis Bike-A-Thon for Sunday, April 26 in the historic town of Hornitos. The popular event is open to the public and all ages are invited to participate. This year’s event again will also include runners and walkers. The course starts at Hornitos Park where ...

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Prescribed Burns Resume in Miami Creek-Lone Sequoia Area

MOUNTAIN AREA — The Bass Lake Ranger District announced Wednesday (Feb. 26) that fire officials plan to resume burning today in the Miami Creek-Lone Sequoia prescribed treatment unit. The area is located between Oakhurst and Wawona off Highway 41. “With weather and air quality conditions permitting, fire crews will start ignition on Wednesday,” said a press release from the district. ...

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Workshop to Spotlight Prescribed Burns on Private Lands

MARIPOSA — Do you have dead, dying or excess vegetation on your property? Would you like to protect your property from catastrophic wildfire? UCCE Mariposa is hosting a ‘Prescribed Fire on Private Lands’ workshop on March 19 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The workshop will be held at McCay Hall in Catheys Valley. Utilized properly, prescribed fire can be ...

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Little Church on the Hill to Host Ash Wednesday Service

OAKHURST — An Ash Wednesday service will be offered for the mountain community again this year at the Little Church on the Hill at the Oakhill Cemetary. The service, which will begin today at 5:30 p.m., is open to the public. “For me, receiving ashes on a winter afternoon in the middle of a cemetery is a sobering experience and ...

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County Seeking Name for Future Regional Park at Manzanita Lake

NORTH FORK — On Friday (Feb. 21), Madera County took ownership of approximately 140 acres just north of Manzanita Lake. The heavily forested land, which had been owned by PG&E, will be developed into a regional park. “We are currently seeking suggestions on a name for the new park. If you have a good suggestion, email the name to: PIT@MaderaCounty.com,” ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Cadet Candidates

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is currently recruiting for Sheriff’s Cadet II Candidates. Prior law enforcement experience is not required. “Our commitment to public safety doesn’t end at the water’s edge,” says a current post on MCSO’s Facebook page. “MCSO dive team members are trained to perform underwater search and rescue and/or recovery operations for both persons ...

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Curry Village Gift & Grocery Announces Temporary Midweek Closure for Repairs; Ice Rink Closed for Season

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — The Curry Village Gift & Grocery will be temporarily closed Mondays through Thursdays starting today (Feb. 24) in order to complete necessary repairs to the building. The Curry Village Gift & Grocery will reopen for normal business hours Fridays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. when Curry Village is open for lodging. The repairs ...

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