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Back To School Blessings At Sierra Pines

OAKHURST — The beginning of a new school year can be exciting, filled with new clothes, new haircuts and school supplies. At this same time, there are families in our community that dread the new school year, wondering how they will afford all the costs. The Women’s Ministry at Sierra Pines Church wants to help meet this need in the ...

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How Is All This Smoke Affecting You?

MARIPOSA – Smoke from the Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County and other fires surrounding the Valley is affecting air quality in locations throughout the entire San Joaquin Valley, prompting local air pollution officials to issue a health cautionary statement Valley-wide. Smoke from wildfires produces particulate matter which can trigger asthma attacks, aggravate chronic heart and lung diseases, and increase the ...

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August HOW Dinner Honors Jessica Reynolds

AHWAHNEE — The nonprofit group Helping One Woman (HOW) will meet for a special fundraising dinner in honor of Jessica Reynolds on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at The Hitchin’ Post in Ahwahnee, starting at 6 p.m. HOW meets monthly to celebrate one deserving woman who receives the community’s support when she needs it the most. Those participating in the HOW benefit ...

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Another Rabid Bat Found In Oakhurst; Are Your Pets Vaccinated?

Written by DJ Becker – OAKHURST – A third little brown bat in Madera County has tested positive for rabies, according to authorities. This one was found in a backyard on Evergreen Drive off Road 426 in Oakhurst. Madera County Animal Services Director Kirsten Gross said the bat was found still alive but died shortly after the resident’s three dogs ...

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Stay Safe And Conserve Energy During Heat Wave

SAN FRANCISCO — With soaring temperatures in the next few days, California’s grid operator has called a statewide Flex Alert this week. PG&E is urging customers to conserve energy as triple-digit heat will impact much of the company’s service area. The California Independent System Operator (ISO) issued a Flex Alert, a call for voluntary electricity conservation, from 5 p.m. to ...

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Breathing Through The Smoky Days

When I look out my window and see poor air quality, the smoky haze is made more disheartening by bits of gray ash floating in the air before coming to rest on the ground. The oppressive heat adds insult to already injured lungs and makes moving through my day challenging. The stress of fire, drought and ashy-air is showing in ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Local Log Through July 15

MADERA COUNTY– Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, July 9 to Sunday, July 15, 2018. Oakhurst vehicle stop results in arrest for possession On Monday, July 9 at 3:30 a.m. a deputy conducted a vehicle stop on a suspicious vehicle leaving a closed businesses located in the Enterprise Center. The driver ...

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Ferguson Fire Community Meeting Tonight In Ahwahnee

AHWAHNEE – The Unified Commanders of the Ferguson Fire – Cal Fire, U.S. Forest Service and Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office – will be hosting a community meeting to discuss the current situation at 6 p.m. tonight at the Wasuma School. Officials will be giving an operational overview briefing, highlighting the actions that firefighters are taking on the fire. Current maps ...

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Library Workshop: Mosquito Awareness

OAKHURST — As part of his commitment to making communities safer, Madera County Vector Control District assistant biologist Trinidad Reyes will present a workshop at the Oakhurst Branch Library. The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, July 28 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Reyes will lead the workshop, with a presentation about the lifestyle and habitats of mosquitoes. The workshop will take place in ...

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