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SNF Seeks Public Input on OHMVR State Grant Proposals

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — The Sierra National Forest (SNF) is requesting public input for the California 2023/2024 State Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program application cycle. As part of the grant process, the SNF is requesting public comment on the draft applications submitted to the State. This public feedback will be considered as development of the preliminary ...

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Snow, Excessive Rainfall and Flooding Possible This Week

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES—The National Weather Service Hanford Office predicts heavy rainfall and melting snow, leading to a threat of flooding Thursday night through Saturday in the Sierra Nevada Foothills and Mountains below 5000 feet. Wednesday A trough of low pressure will pass eastward across Northern California Wednesday. The tail end of this trough of low pressure may be responsible for light ...

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History Mystery #117: Antique Amp Meter

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Submitted by Don Grove, North Fork History Group NORTH FORK — This very old tool was donated to the North Fork History Group. It has a gauge on it marked as amperes. It was proudly made in the USA, so you know it is pretty old. We know this is an amp meter, but we would like to know how ...

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Chukchansi Combats Fentanyl Crisis With K-9 Sponsorship

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COARSEGOLD — Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino has donated $36,000 to the Fresno Police Chief’s Foundation to launch a specialized narcotic K-9 team to address Central Valley’s escalating fentanyl epidemic. Two K-9s trained specifically in fentanyl detection will join the fight against the deadly drug that claims thousands of lives each year. A Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians Tribal Youth ...

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Red Cross Winter Storms Update

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Red Cross teams have been hard at work for the last ten days supporting mountain residents affected by extremely cold temperatures, dangerous winds, snow, ice, power outages, and road closures. In coordination with Madera and Mariposa County emergency officials, Red Cross disaster workers have been supporting warming centers and shelters, providing logistics support, meals, water, and supplies, ...

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Celebration of Life for Jerry Alin Saueressig

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Jerry Alin Saueressig March 17, 1947 – February 15, 2023 Jerry passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at his home in Butte, Nebraska. Memorials may be directed to his family for future designation. Arrangements are entrusted to Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill, NE. Jerry Alin Saueressig was born on March 17, 1947, in Cherokee, IA, to Vernon and LaVina (Helkenn) ...

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Sheriff’s Office Seeking Comments on Use of OHV Grant Funds

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MARIPOSA — The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office will be submitting an application for grant funds for off-highway vehicle recreation management on public lands. The California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division is funding the planning efforts through an off-highway vehicle planning grant. The state program supports off-highway vehicle recreation in California by distributing more than $35 million annually collected ...

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Collapsed Structures and Evacuations

MADERA COUNTY–The Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) reports that On March 3, 2023, around 3 pm, the Madera County Sheriff’s Communications Center received a call regarding a potentially collapsed roof at a mobile home in Bass Lake. MCSO Deputies responded along with EMS and CALFIRE. Upon arrival at the residence, deputies spoke to the homeowner, who advised her roof was ...

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Celebration of Life for Arlin Mark Aasness

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Arlin Mark Aasness July 22, 1960 – February 6, 2023 Arlin Aasness (“to pronounce my name, just think ‘awesomeness'”), 62, of Coarsegold, California, died on February 6, 2023, at Saint Agnes Medical Center, Fresno. He had been taken ill just the evening before, and he died suddenly and unexpectedly in the intensive care unit after emergency treatment for a blood ...

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More School Closures For Monday March 6th

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — All Yosemite Unified schools except Rivergold Elementary School will be closed Monday, March 6, 2023, due to weather-related hazardous conditions. The District Office/Departments will be open. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning through Monday morning for our area. Hopefully, we will be able to open all schools on Tuesday. From now until the ...

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