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Over The Garden Fence: It’s Hot Out There!

By Bob Labozetta —  What can home gardeners do to help their plants — veggies, landscape plants, shrubs and trees — survive the intense summer heat? Here are some do’s and don’ts of hot weather gardening: Don’t fertilize plants or trees during the hot summer months. The purpose of fertilizers — especially those high in nitrogen — is to help ...

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Mountain Area Home Sales For First Half Of 2019

By Ed Bailey — MOUNTAIN AREA — During the first half of 2019, members of the Fresno Realtors Association Multiple Listing Services primarily in the Yosemite Gateway Branch sold 266 mountain area homes (single family residential properties), compared to 285 sold in the same period of time last year. Boundaries for the mountain area include Oakhurst, Ahwahnee, Coarsegold, North Fork, ...

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Man Drowns While Boating On Bass Lake

BASS LAKE – Just after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2 the Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) initiated a search and rescue response for a possible drowning in the Bass Lake area. On Wednesday, July 3, the MCSO identified the victim as Kien Phan, 43, from Sachse, Texas. With his family, Mr. Phan had rented a boat from a local ...

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Catch A Break: Saturday Is Free Fishing Day In California

CALIFORNIA — Mark your calendars for the first of two 2019 Free Fishing Days in California, when anyone can try their hand at angling – no fishing license required. If you would like to fish the rest of the year, you can purchase a license online through CDFW’s website. “Free Fishing Day is a great opportunity for seasoned anglers to ...

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Where’s Waldo This Summer Season? Right Here!

OAKHURST — Where’s Waldo? In Oakhurst, of course! The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 25 local businesses throughout our community this July. Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement in our community, including Branches Books, Sierra Tel, ...

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Cal Fire Warns Of Dangers As 4th Of July Approaches

SACRAMENTO – Fourth of July is synonymous with sun, fun, barbeque and fireworks. Cal Fire reminds everyone to do their part to have a safe holiday and help prevent wildfires and injuries caused by fireworks. Two out of five fires on the 4th of July are caused by fireworks, more than any other cause of fires. Most of these incidents ...

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Celebration Of Life For Betty Lou Moffitt

A resident of Mariposa since the early 1960s, cherished matriarch and beloved friend Betty Lou Moffitt passed away from complications of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in November, 2018. Betty Lou was an accomplished child prodigy, concert pianist and teacher, watercolor artist and photographer. Her artwork sold throughout California. She also was a gifted rider, trainer and breeder of Quarter Horses. ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log Through June 30

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, June 24 to Sunday, June 30, 2019. Coarsegold narcotics  On Monday, June 24 at 6:37 p.m. a deputy was dispatched to 46000 block of Lucky Lane regarding found narcotics. An item was recovered and booked for destruction. The case was closed. North ...

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Holiday Campfire Safety Helps Prevent Wildfires

CLOVIS — Will you be celebrating our nation’s independence over the 4th of July holiday weekend with a visit to the Sierra National Forest? Activities such as camping, backpacking and picnicking in the great outdoors often include the enjoyment of a campfire to provide warmth on cool evenings or for roasting marshmallows and basking in the glow of the flames ...

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Boat Parade And Fireworks At Bass Lake Independence Day

BASS LAKE — What’s up for Independence Day? Up in the sky it’s professional fireworks and on the ground — festivities at Bass Lake including the brilliant boat parade plus friends, families and plenty of fun for this 4th of July holiday. The boat parade starts at 7 p.m. near the entrance to Willow Cove and moves toward The Pines ...

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