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Mountain Area Homeowners Battling Sky-High Insurance Rates

MOUNTAIN AREA — Even local insurance agents are calling it a “crisis” — the sky high price tag attached these days to homeowners insurance in large parts of eastern Madera County. Many area residents have recently been notified their homeowners insurance is going up — for some, by as much as 450 to 500 percent. And lately, according to local ...

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Power Outage Knocks Out Electricity To Thousands In Eastern Madera County

MOUNTAIN AREAS — Two separate power outages knocked out electricity to more than 16,000 PG&E customers in eastern Madera County on Tuesday afternoon. The dual shutdowns happened just before 2 p.m. and reportedly impacted utility customers in the Coarsegold, Ahwahnee, Oakhurst and Wawona areas. Shortly after 3 p.m., PG&E confirmed that power had been restored to 14,000 customers in the ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log Through July 21

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, July 15 to Sunday, July 21, 2019. North Fork theft On Tuesday, July 16 at 8:30 a.m. a deputy was contacted by telephone regarding a theft that occurred on Woaka Poyah. The case was suspended due to lack of investigative leads. North ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log Through July 14

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, July 8 to Sunday, July 14, 2019. Oakhurst burglary On Tuesday July 9 at 9:54 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to the Oakhurst substation regarding a report of a burglary. It was recommended the case be closed due to a lack of ...

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DA Will Oppose YLP Arsonist’s Latest Bid For Early Parole

MADERA — After serving less than seven years of a 20-year sentence, convicted arsonist Kenneth Jackson is once again being considered for early parole — and the Madera County District Attorney is going on the record with her opposition to Jackson’s release and asking Madera County residents to voice their opinions, as well. Jackson was arrested along with his wife Alice ...

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Students At Six Schools Recognized For Perfect Attendance

OAKHURST — North Fork Elementary student Dean Farmer is dedicated to his education and that stick-to-it attitude was rewarded at school’s end this year, when he was given a sweet new trail bike for his efforts. Six local elementary schools awarded bikes donated by Sierra Oakhurst Kiwanis for students who achieved perfect attendance this year, according to Kiwanis member Jim ...

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County Code Enforcement Officers On Lookout For ‘Bad Neighbors’

MADERA — What can a mountain area property owner do when a neighbor’s grass grows head high or a rusty old junker has been parked out front since the 1990s? Call the Madera County code enforcement department — or better yet, file a complaint online. Madera County receives hundreds of citizen-generated complaints a year, according to Joe Trujillo, the County’s ...

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July’s Full Buck Moon Tonight

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE – If you look outside your window tonight and see a giant buck, don’t worry — it’s just the moon. The full moon on Tuesday, July 16, at 2:38 p.m. is known as the Buck Moon, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. The full moons have descriptive names that typically come from Native American tribes who use them ...

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Helping One Woman Honors Shay Farias

AHWAHNEE — Join friends and neighbors at the Hitching Post on Wednesday, July 17 as the nonprofit group Helping One Woman (HOW) honors Shay Farias. The event begins at 6 p.m. and you’ll be greeted at the door for sign-in. Your reservation will secure a seat for your meal and tables will be shared as the community gathers to support ...

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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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