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Tens Of Thousands Raised For Charities At Tree Auction

BASS LAKE — It’s nice when a traditional community event takes on new life, and that’s what people are saying has happened with the annual Christmas Tree Auction held last Friday night at the Pines Resort in the Lakeview Room. It has always been a great event, raising funds for the Boys and Girls Club in Oakhurst and a host ...

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High Winds Topple Trees, Block Roadways In Bass Lake Area

BASS LAKE — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office has issued an MCAlert due to high winds in the Bass Lake area. Multiple trees have been reported blocking roadways along Roads 222, 426, 432 and 274. Power lines are also down in some areas, with several reports of trees falling across homes, one sparking a fire. The Sheriff’s Office is advising ...

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Sheriff’s Crime Log Through Dec. 3

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Nov. 27  to Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. Coarsegold domestic violence On Monday, Nov. 27 at 12:43 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to a confidential location regarding a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival an investigation ensued and the deputy found that a physical assault ...

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ACT Dog Of The Week: Bonjour, Gigi

The Animal Compassion Team (ACT) foster and adoption program Dog of the Week for SNO is Gigi. “My foster momma says I am a fun-loving mix of Jack Russell Terrier and Chihuahua, just 6 – 8 months old,” says Gigi. “I have the fur and color of a Jack Russell, but the ears of a Chihuahua! My owner had to ...

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First, Last And Only Supermoon Of ’17 (But More To Come)

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE – Overnight on Saturday, Dec. 2 we get to experience a supermoon — the first, last and only this year. When the moon reaches its full phase at the closest point to Earth along the satellite’s elliptical orbit, causing la luna to look bigger and about 30 percent brighter in the sky, that’s a supermoon — according to NASA. Precisely speaking, ...

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Christmas Bird Counts Scheduled In The Central Sierra

Contributed by Len McKenzie, YAAS — The arrival of December heralds a number of holiday traditions and festive celebrations. Among the traditions for birding enthusiasts is the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, when thousands of intrepid observers throughout the western hemisphere take to the field for one day to make a record of all the birds they see and hear. ...

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Man Ends Up In Court Over Escaped Control Burn

MADERA COUNTY — A judgment handed down in Bass Lake Superior court today is a good reminder that citizens are responsible when their burn piles get away from them. A resident who lives in the 28000 block of Road 400 appeared before Judge Charles Wieland today in a case that involved an escaped burn on Nov. 3. The man admitted ...

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ACT Dog Of The Week: Meet Twister

The Animal Compassion Team (ACT) foster and adoption program has a new Dog of the Week for SNO. Twister is a mix of Rat Terrier and Chihuahua. Hi, my name is Twister and my foster momma says I am a very kindhearted and gentle puppy. I’m about four months old and the last of my litter. I weigh about 5 ...

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Minarets Road To Be Closed For Storm Damage Repairs

CLOVIS — Last winter’s storms brought much needed rain and snow to the Sierra Nevada, creating a significant amount of runoff, causing several roads on the Sierra National Forest (NF) to sustain considerable damage due the runoff from those storms. Sierra NF engineers recently awarded a contract to repair damage to Minarets Road (Mammoth Pool Road, Forest Road 4S81). Minarets ...

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Big Changes In Store For Voters In Madera County Elections

MADERA COUNTY — Beginning with the June 5 election, voters in Madera County will be able to vote in person for nearly two weeks ahead of the election, and every registered voter will receive a ballot in the mail. Madera County Clerk/Recorder/Registrar Rebecca Martinez says she hopes everyone will be excited about the improvements to the voting process. “I am ...

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