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Mission To Save The Met Cinema

OAKHURST – When the Met Cinema closed its doors on Nov. 1, the community began asking “what can we do to help.” Now three young men, Matt Sconce, Keith Walker and James Nelson, are teaming up to do something to save the local theater. “We have a plan, but we’re not going public with it as yet,” Nelson told us ...

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Mono Tribe To Pay Chukchansi To Mitigate Impact

MADERA COUNTY – The North Fork Mono Rancheria hopes to break ground on their new casino early next year. The 305-acre project is located adjacent to Highway 99, between Avenue 17 and 18, just north of Madera. Charles Banks-Altekruse, owner of CA Consulting, and Communications Team member for the North Fork Mono Rancheria, addressed a Town Hall meeting in Oakhurst ...

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Veterans Bring History To Life For Minarets Film Makers

O’NEALS – When a Black Hawk helicopter touched down on the broad expanse of lawn at Minarets High School on Tuesday, Nov. 13, it was just the beginning of a day set aside to honor our veterans. More than 20 veterans volunteered to come to the school and tell their stories, sharing real-life experience with students who have been learning ...

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Services For Avis Punkin Friday In North Fork

NORTH FORK – The community of North Fork and the Citizens of the Mono Tribe are saddened by the passing of Avis Punkin, North Fork Rancheria Tribal Coucil Treasurer and life-long resident. Funeral services will be Friday, Nov 16, at 10 a.m, at Jay’s Chapel in Madera. At approximately 1:30 p.m. there will be graveside services at the North Fork ...

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Strike At Raley's Ends As Agreement Is Reached

OAKHURST – Striking workers at Raley’s have put down their picket signs and returned to work as a tentative agreement is reached in the 9-day long strike, the first in Raley’s 77-year history. The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) have been on strike against Raley’s/Nob Hill Stores since contract negotiations broke down on Nov. 4, and more than 7,000 ...

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New Mountain Lodge Hosts Open 'Haus'

Newly Opened Evergreen Haus: Comfy Mountain Lodging And Affordable Rates OAKHURST – If fabled heroine Goldilocks had found herself at Evergreen Haus before she met the three bears, the fairy tale would have ended right there. According to owner Edward Rainwater, Goldilocks would have pronounced Evergreen Haus “just right.”

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Local Matters – The Produce Place

OAKHURST – Since Kandie Stier opened The Produce Place in 2010, she has created a bright and inviting spot for people to stop in for a nice interlude during their day, check their e-mail using her free wifi, and enjoy delicious soups, sandwiches and fresh produce.

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Spring Valley School Receives First 5 Grant

O’NEALS – Spring Valley School is the recipient of a $2,500 grant to cover much-needed supplies for the school’s transitional kindergarten (TK) and kindergarten, awarded by First 5 of Madera County. TK was created by a California law, passed in 2010, called the Kindergarten Readiness Act. TK offers children with birthdays between September and December a developmentally appropriate curriculum in ...

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A Sad Goodbye From The Owners At The Met

OAKHURST – People in the community are wondering what they can do to save the Met Cinema, but in reality, it would all be too little to late. As with so many things these days, it’s all about the bottom line. Some are offering to have car washes and yard sales, but that “wouldn’t even touch what it would take. ...

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Workers On Strike At Raley's

OAKHURST – Tough economic times hit Oakhurst in a very public way today as Raley’s employees went on strike for the first time in the company’s 77-year history. United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union members spent Sunday carrying signs and asking people to honor their picket line by not shopping at the Oakhurst grocery store.

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