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Little Church on the Hill to Host Ash Wednesday Service

OAKHURST — An Ash Wednesday service will be offered for the mountain community again this year at the Little Church on the Hill at the Oakhill Cemetary. The service, which will begin today at 5:30 p.m., is open to the public. “For me, receiving ashes on a winter afternoon in the middle of a cemetery is a sobering experience and ...

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Curry Village Gift & Grocery Announces Temporary Midweek Closure for Repairs; Ice Rink Closed for Season

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — The Curry Village Gift & Grocery will be temporarily closed Mondays through Thursdays starting today (Feb. 24) in order to complete necessary repairs to the building. The Curry Village Gift & Grocery will reopen for normal business hours Fridays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. when Curry Village is open for lodging. The repairs ...

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Volunteers Needed for Miami Mountain Fire Tower Lookout

NIPINNAWASEE — The Sierra National Forest is looking for volunteers to staff the Miami Lookout tower during the summer fire season. If you want to help keep your local communities safe, this may be the opportunity for you. Miami Mountain, a lookout tower located northwest of Nipinnawasee, is staffed throughout the fire season by Forest Service volunteers. The lookout station ...

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Celebration of Life for Helen Ann Schuessler

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Helen Ann Schuessler, born October 16, 1942, a longtime resident of Oakhurst, passed away on January 12, 2020, in Redlands, California. She had survived many years of heart issues. Ann had recently moved to Redlands to be with her longtime schoolmate Donna and her family. She was preceded in death by her husband Ronald and survived by her brother Charles, ...

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Pet of the Week: Lola the Lover Dog

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Hello, I’m Lola the Lover Dog! I have sadly lost the love of my life, my human dad. Now I need a new human to love. As a senior girl, I don’t ask for a lot….just a place in your heart! Please call 559-683-1266 to make a date with me!

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Celebration of Life for Christina Lynn Stulce Smith

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Christina Lynn Stulce Smith was born April 17, 1968, in Walnut Creek, California. Christina passed away February 7, 2020, in Fresno. Christina Lived in Oakley, Brentwood, Antioch, Coarsegold and Oakhurst. She attended Edna Hill School and Liberty Union High School. Christina is survived by her husband Lonnie Smith, parents Roger and Joan Stulce, brothers Roger Stulce Jr., Jonathan Stulce, and ...

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Report: Madera Among Fastest-Growing Counties in Western U.S.

MADERA COUNTY — According to the latest government data, Madera County is outpacing other similar-sized counties, both in California and around the western U.S., in terms of economic growth. Recently published United States Bureau of Economic Analysis records show that for 2018, the latest year for which statistics have been compiled, Madera County saw the fastest growth in real GDP ...

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Forest Service Seeks Input on OHV Grant Application

CLOVIS – Sierra National Forest (SNF) officials are seeking public comments for the annual California Department of Parks and Recreation, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division grant application. The OHMVR application requests funding for off-highway vehicle related law enforcement. The 60-day grant application comment period begins Tuesday, March 3, 2020, and ends Monday, May 4, 2020. The Sierra National Forest ...

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Local Team Tackles Grueling Spartan Race

PATTERSON –Twenty John C. Fremont Healthcare District employees and 48 Mariposa Mountain Fitness members teamed up to participate in one of the most popular — and grueling — obstacle course competitions in the country, the Spartan Race, held over President’s Day weekend in Stanislaus County. The popular event, which takes place every year in Patterson, has competitors tackling 20 major ...

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Update: Supervisors Debate Ballot Measure to Hike TOT

MADERA — Madera County supervisors continue to consider asking voters in November to OK raising Madera County’s Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) rate by at least 2 percent. At their regularly scheduled board meeting last week, supervisors planned to debate hiring a pollster to gauge county residents’ appetite for an increase in the TOT rate from its current 11 percent  — ...

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