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Tax Preparedness: Avoid a Refund Delay By Planning Ahead

WASHINGTON – As tax filing season approaches, there are steps you can take now to ensure smooth processing of your 2016 tax return and avoid a delay in getting your tax refund next year. The IRS reminds taxpayers to be sure they have all the documents they need, such as W-2s and 1099s, before filing a tax return. You may ...

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What You Can’t See Can Kill You

FRESNO — With winter weather on the way, one reality of driving in California’s Central Valley returns to challenge motorists — fog. The California Highway Patrol encourages motorists to prepare for fog and winter driving conditions. The fog season in the Central Valley typically begins during the month of November and continues through February. “Many collisions result from driving too ...

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Do I Call 911?

CENTRAL SIERRA — I see a reckless driver. Maybe he is driving under the influence. Do I call 911, or do I call the local CHP office? Call 911, says Oakhurst Area CHP Officer Kaci Lutz . People may worry they’re doing the wrong thing calling 911 because they’re not sure if seeing a drunk or reckless driver is an ...

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Supervisors Approve Special Election For Public Safety Tax

MADERA COUNTY — The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today to hold a special election on Mar. 7, 2017, to put the proposed one-cent public safety tax before the voters of the unincorporated areas of Madera County. Revenues from the tax would be dedicated exclusively to funding the Madera County Fire Department and the Sheriff’s Office, split 80 percent to ...

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Register Now For Bass Lake Yosemite Triathlon

BASS LAKE – The Bass Lake Yosemite Triathlon has established itself as one of the “go to” triathlons in California. Excitement is building up as preparations are underway and registrations are being accepted for the 7th annual Bass Lake Yosemite Triathlon, set in picturesque location rivaled by few. Triathletes are treated to a swim in clear mountain waters, followed by ...

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PG&E Customers Beware Of The Latest Scams

SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is joining utilities throughout North America to make customers aware of telephone, mail, email and door-to-door/in-person scams that involve criminals posing as utility company representatives and demanding immediate payment or personal information. The “Utilities United Against Scams” collaboration has designated Wednesday, Nov. 16, as Utilities United Against Scams Day. This day ...

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Youth Basketball Starts This Sunday

Submitted by Gary Blate —  OAKHURST — Yosemite Youth Basketball begins on Sunday, Nov. 20 with registration, clinic and team play in the Yosemite High School gyms. Boys and girls should come dressed and ready to play. Players through 2nd grade will play on baskets lowered to eight feet. Players in 3rd grade and above will play with regulation baskets. There ...

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Nominate Your Community Hero For Annual Chamber Awards

EASTERN MADERA COUNTY — The Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Woman of the Year, Man of the Year, and Business of the Year Awards. The 2016 awards will be presented at the annual Chamber Installation Dinner and Awards Ceremony, to be held at the Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp on Friday, Jan. 20. ...

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Dennis Michael Dolan

Dennis M. Dolan, of Ahwahnee, Calif., died on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 at his home near Bass Lake. Dennis was born on Jan. 9, 1948. He was a 1966 graduate of Santa Maria High School, went on to graduate from UCSB in 1971 and earned an MBA from San Diego State University. Dennis lived for many years in San Diego ...

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Cal Fire MMU Transitions Out Of Peak Fire Season

MARIPOSA – Recent rains and cooler temperatures across the region have lowered the threat of wildfires allowing Cal Fire’s Madera-Mariposa- Merced Unit (MMU) to transition out of peak fire season effective Monday, Nov. 14, at 8 a.m. in Madera, Mariposa and Merced Counties. “The 2016 fire season was challenging throughout the State of California, and the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit was very ...

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