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The History Mystery #82 – Do You Recognize These Women?

Picture of two women from the Mono tribe

NORTH FORK — This photo is courtesy of Rose Davis-Cobb, board member of the Sierra Mono Museum & Cultural Center, and features two Mono women who are extras in the movie “Deer Slayer.” Can anyone provide information on where the filming took place in the area of North Fork, Madera County? What were the names of other local extras? What ...

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The History Mystery #81

Picture of old lumber mill

Article submitted by Don Grove This photograph of a lumber mill was in the collection of Jesse Love, which is housed in the archive library of the Sierra Historical Sites Association. He was a long-time resident of the area, and once worked at the Sugar Pine lumber mill. He noted on the photo that this was not Sugar Pine, but ...

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Toys for Tots’ 2019 Toy Drive is Coming to Eastern Madera County

MADERA COUNTY — Here it is, another year for Eastern Madera County and Toys For Tots. Their 2019 campaign is in full swing with almost 100 donation boxes supported by local businesses, schools, and organizations, from Raymond to North Fork. Look for the Toys For Tots banners on display. Last year, mountain communities came together to provide toys for over ...

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Ferguson Fire News – Behind The Scenes In Lush Meadows

Submitted by Jeannie Harsha – MARIPOSA COUNTY – Smokey sunrises, fiery front-page photos, convoys of fire trucks and personnel – we see these every day in our foothill communities of late. I love the signs of support for our fire crews and law enforcement along the local routes that I travel. They like it, too. Some of them have told ...

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What a Deal! Thrifting In The Oakhurst Area

If you’re a thrift store junkie like I am, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the various shops we have here in the Yosemite area. I’ve gotten so many deals at the thrift stores here in town, half my house is decorated with my fun finds. I mean, why pay retail if you can recycle? And when you’re ready for a ...

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Measure L Is About First Responders, Family And Neighbors

Guest Column written by Gary Gilbert — I would like to introduce myself. I am Gary Gilbert the former Cal Fire/ Madera County Fire Chief (seven years) and Madera County Supervisor for District 5 (eight years, from 1999-2006), and a resident of Eastern Madera County for 31 years. I believe I have a unique perspective on Measure L. Measure L ...

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Firefighter Says He’s Against Taxes But For Measure L

Guest Column by Chris Christopherson — As a resident and conservative I am against taxes as much as anyone. But we have come to a crossroads when it comes to the staffing of our County Fire Department. Madera County began a Cooperative agreement with CAL FIRE to manage the County Fire Dept. in 1928. This is the longest Cooperative relationship ...

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Ode To The Daypack

Written by Michael Olwyler — Flung, dropped and dragged, the daypack has risen throughout the world to be the everyday carrier. Schoolboys, travelers, pregnant moms, and businessmen can’t do without them bumping along on their backs, arms or chests. They carry our essentials, get crushed in subway doors, float down rivers after being carelessly dropped overboard, settle with a sigh ...

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Four Women, Six Days, 53 Miles Backpacking

Written by Wendy Fisher — As a lifelong wilderness enthusiast at heart, I have been exploring the Sierra on foot for well over 20 years. When I am not out exploring, gardening, or parenting my lovely twin girls, I am proud of my day job working as a plant/wetland ecologist with Live Oak Associates. Live Oak is an Oakhurst based ecological ...

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