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2020: Make-or-Break Year for North Fork Biomass Project?

NORTH FORK — Despite ongoing uncertainty surrounding PG&E’s bankruptcy and its potential impact on North Fork’s proposed new biomass plant, project proponents remain optimistic ground could still be broken as early as next year. Plans and permits are in place and equipment is ready for shipment but financing the complicated deal has yet to be worked out. Adding to the ...

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Updated: Supervisors Choose Inmate Health Care Provider

MADERA — The Madera County Board of Supervisors held a rare special meeting Monday to choose a health care services provider for adult and juvenile inmates in county correctional facilities. The special meeting began at 8:30 a.m. at the County Government Center in Madera. (Supervisors will not hold their regular meeting on Tuesday this week because they will be traveling ...

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Camarena Health Offering Expanded Walk-In Weekend and Evening Hours, Urgent Care Clinic ‘Ready to Go’

OAKHURST — Camarena Health’s Oakhurst clinic is now offering new walk-in weekend and evening hours. And according to the Madera-based community health center’s chief executive officer, Camarena’s brand new urgent care clinic should be open very soon. Paulo Soares, Camerena CEO, said his organization is awaiting final approval from state licensing agencies before opening the urgent care clinic, which is ...

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State FFA Organization Offers Free ‘Ag’ License Plates

SACRAMENTO — The California Future Farmers of America (FFA) state-wide organization is giving away 500 free California Ag license plates to the first 500 individual who submit completed applications. Those applying must complete the so called Reg. 17 application, which is available online from the DMV under Special Interest License Plates. Only completed applications will be accepted for a sequential ...

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Going Out of Business: Timberline Gallery to Close Next Month

OAKHURST — After 34 years in business, eastern Madera County’s oldest established fine arts gallery is closing its doors. The decision to shutter the popular Timberline Gallery was confirmed this week by Wendy Denton, president of  Timberline’s board of directors. “After much brainstorming and soul searching,” Denton stated, “it has become obvious that Timberline Gallery will have to close. Although ...

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Mariposa Mother of Six Awarded Habitat for Humanity Home

MARIPOSA — Thanksgiving this year will be particularly memorable for Mariposa resident Sarah Philips and her family. In mid October, Habitat for Humanity (HFH) of Mariposa County announced that Philips and her family would be the residents of Habitat’s fifth home. “I’m absolutely ecstatic, we’re extremely blessed,” said Philips of her selection. “This just couldn’t be more of what we ...

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Lights Go Out Early for Popular Local Pet Groomer

OAKHURST — A popular local pet groomer has been forced to close up shop. Liz Hunter, who for nearly five years has operated “Liz is Grooming” inside the former Oakhurst Feed & Pet Supply, came in to her shop last Monday (Nov. 4) to find that her electricity was out. “At first, I thought it was another PG&E power shut ...

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New Holiday Inn Express Poised to Open in Oakhurst

OAKHURST — The long wait is almost over. Nearly a decade in the planning and construction, the first of Oakhurst’s three new hotels appears poised to open — and local business leaders, county officials and mountain area residents couldn’t be more excited. “We’ve been waiting so long for these new hotels to come on online,” said one business owner this ...

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Clampers to Dedicate New Bass Lake Monument

BASS LAKE — The Grub Gulch chapter of E. Clampus Vitus — better known as the “Clampers” — will dedicate their newest monument at Bass Lake next weekend. The monument, which commemorates the history of Bass Lake, Willow Creek and the recreational and commercial development history of the popular resort, is located at the Yosemite RV Park. According to Dan ...

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Western Movie Filming at Bandit Town

NORTH FORK — Bandit Town has been scene of movie productions in the past, and that trend continues with a new feature — “Above Snakes” –currently filming at the picturesque location. The film’s director, Tyler Smith, comes from the famed local production company “Tremendum” — which produced the thriller “The Gallows” and the just released “Gallows 2.” This time Smith ...

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