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‘Public Safety Power Shutoff’ Hits Eastern Madera County

By Sarah Jackson Special to Sierra News Online MOUNTAIN AREA — Shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday, PG&E began powering off eastern Madera County. PG&E customers from North Fork to Oakhurst to Yosemite Lakes Park began reporting their power was out between 1:30 and 1:45 p.m. According to PG&E’s website, as many as 16,675 PG&E customers around eastern Madera County could ...

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Fatal Traffic Accident Briefly Closes Highway 41

COARSEGOLD — A fatal, solo-vehicle traffic accident briefly closed Highway 41 in both directions Friday afternoon. The accident occurred around 4 p.m. near Fast Tire south of Coarsegold. The accident, which involved a Ford Taurus, briefly shut down traffic in both directions on Highway 41 and led to longer delays for southbound motorists as the scene was cleared by CHP ...

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Updated – To Save Eye Kitten Needs Ride to UC Davis ASAP

kitten with eye damage

COARSEGOLD — This adorable 5-week old kitten desperately needs a ride to UC Davis, preferably tomorrow (Friday, October 18th) or Monday at the latest. The goal is to save his right eye. He will be admitted to the UCD URI (upper respiratory infection) program. If you can drive him from the Coarsegold/Raymond area to UC Davis, please call Sharon with ...

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It Just Wouldn’t Be Christmas Without a Christmas Boutique

Christmas ornament

YOSEMITE — Yosemite Lakes Community Church will soon be holding their annual Christmas boutique. Bring friends and family and do some Christmas shopping! Finish off your shopping with a delicious lunch! The boutique will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds support local and national charities/ministries. The luncheon will be from 11 a.m. to ...

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Fasi Estate Winery: Visionary Success

By Sarah Jackson Special to Sierra News Online COARSEGOLD – How does a serious car accident turn into the American Dream and end in a beautiful winery? The answer is found in Ralph Fasi’s ability to recognize opportunity. Longtime Madera County businessman and entrepreneur Fasi seems to have a history of seizing chance and staying ahead of trends. And a ...

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Chukchansi Pow Wow Energizes Coarsegold’s Historic Village

COARSEGOLD – The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians’ annual pow wow is expected to draw almost 500 participants — and thousands of visitors — to Coarsegold’s Historic Village this weekend. Tribal culture in all of its artistry, tradition and ceremonial splendor is on full display throughout the Historic Village during the annual three-day event (Oct. 11-13). The popular pow wow ...

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Hwy 41 Collision Sends Driver to Hospital

COARSEGOLD — A traffic accident on Highway 41 at Road 416 sent a man to the hospital and temporarily snarled travel along Highway 41 this morning. The collision, which occurred around 9 a.m., involved two vehicles, a late-model blue pickup truck and a vintage red BMW. According to initials reports, the vehicles collided as the BMW was proceeding southbound on ...

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4-H Report: Heritage Days at Fresno Flats

by Jake O’Neill, Club Reporter: My name is Jake O’Neill and I am this year’s Coarsegold 4-H reporter. Coarsegold 4-H was at Heritage Days. We collected donations for our club and we also brought a rabbit named Ms. Pepper, and a goat. Both of the animals were on demonstration for the community to handle or pet. We handed out flyers ...

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Yosemite Lakes Park Hosts Inaugural Safety & Health Fair

By Sarah Jackson Special to Sierra News Online YOSEMITE LAKES PARK — Public safety agencies, nonprofit groups and businesses came together Saturday to promote a positive message at the First Annual Yosemite Lakes Park Safety & Health Fair.  The event, sponsored by the Yosemite Lakes Owners Association Disaster and Safety-Health (D.A.S.H.) Committee and hosted at the Yosemite Lakes Clubhouse, offered ...

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Owner: Broken Bit About to ‘Git’ Some Attention

COARSEGOLD — Gabby the Miner has not had a lot of company lately — or attention. The 10-foot-tall statue that greets motorists on Highway 41 just north of Coarsegold is perched next to the Broken Bit, a restaurant and one-time tourist attraction that’s been closed and boarded up for years now. In January 2015, the Broken Bit was purchased by ...

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