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Celebration of Life for George “Chuck” Bredesen

There will be a Celebration of Life for George “Chuck” Bredesen on Saturday, September 7, at 11:00 a.m. at the Yosemite Lakes Community Church, 43840 Patrick Avenue, Coarsegold. Chuck was a long time resident of the Oakhurst and Coarsegold communities where he worked for and retired from the USFS. Remembrances should be given to a favorite charity.  

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Pet Of The Week: Samantha The Kitten

Samantha the kitten

Can you hear me now? I’d love to hear from you! My name’s Samantha and I really need a good home soon as I have heard some very bad things about a holiday coming up that’s not so great for black kitties! I am quite the purrfect kitten. I have a very sleek fur coat, gorgeous eyes, and very sweet ...

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Celebration Of Life For William J. Schlichting

Bill Schlichting

NORTH FORK — William J. Schlichting passed away August 21, 2019, with his family by his side. Bill lived in North Fork for 70+ years until recently moving to Fresno. After graduating from Sierra High school, Bill enlisted in the Navy and was a Korean War veteran. Once home from the Navy, he worked at the North Fork lumber mill. ...

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EMC SPCA President Provides Progress Report on New Shelter

OAKHURST — Sharon Fitzgerald, board president of EMC SPCA, shared a progress report this week regarding the organization’s new no-kill animal shelter off Highway 49 in Ahwahnee. Fitzgerald, the organization’s driving force for nearly 30 years, is the owner of The Cat’s Meow in Oakhurst. She also operates the EMC SPCA Thrift Shop next door to her store. The 2,000-square-foot ...

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Yosemite Ranger Receives Prestigious National Honor

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Yosemite National Park Ranger Jack Hoeflich is among the best and most versatile park rangers in the country  — and he’s now got the hardware to prove it. At a special ceremony held at the United States Department of the Interior last week, Hoeflich was honored as the 2018 recipient of the National Park Service’s Harry ...

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Celebration Of Life for Kenneth P. Kirby

Kenneth P. Kirby, 91, a long-time resident of Oakhurst, passed away on August 23, 2019. Ken was born on April 30, 1928, in Ventura, California. He was well known to the community, especially for his 55 years of volunteer work at the Oakhurst Community Center, Sierra Mountaineer Days, and the Sierra Oakhurst Lions Club. Ken is survived by his wife ...

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Walk4Liberty Finishes Long Journey In Oakhurst

OAKHURST — Starting in Vinton and winding their way down Highway 49, through Downieville, Angels Camp, Sonora and Mariposa, Walk4Liberty, a group trying to raise awareness for the plight of small-scale miners and the difficulties they face, finished their journey Sunday afternoon in Oakhurst.  Entering Raley’s parking lot and crossing a red, white, and blue finish line to the theme ...

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Reed Resigns from Planning Commission, Wheeler to Appoint Burdette

MADERA — John Reed has resigned from the Madera County Planning Commission. Reed submitted his resignation following the commission’s last meeting on Aug. 6. A commercial realtor and contractor with an office in Oakhurst, Reed also operates a business called Alternative Septic Systems. He has served on the  planning commission for five years and will be recognized for his service ...

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Pet Of The Week: Frazier The Cat

Frazier the Cat.

Hello,  I’m Frazier and I want to be your new shadow! Just look how handsome and clever I am! Golden eyes, silky coat with a gorgeous long tail and perky ears. Don’t they make me look smart? Certainly smarter than any dog! I am looking for my one special person. Might that be you? For more info, call me at ...

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Developer: Construction of NF Biomass Plant Could Begin Soon

NORTH FORK — A project nearly a decade in planning appears poised to begin final construction, possibly as soon as later this year. Proponents of a plan to build a two mega-watt biomass plant in North Fork are in the midst of finalizing a multi-million dollar financing package that will pave the way for full-scale construction to begin at the ...

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