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Minarets FFA Participates in 2019 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge

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O’NEALS — Four students from Minarets High School recently participated in the 2019 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge. The students were part of a group of 84 high schoolers from twelve schools from the coastal and Central Valley regions. The event was held Oct. 9-12 at Redwood Glen in Loma Mar. Minarets placed second out of twenty-one teams, with a score ...

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New Sign at Visitor Center Turning Heads

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OAKHURST — An eye-catching new sign has been turning heads in Oakhurst. The idea to update the existing sign at the Visitor Center first began in 2016. But what started off as a simple redesign of the existing plastic frame turned into a discussion about how to best represent the organization, the region and the gateway to Yosemite National Park. ...

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Wet Weather Delays Completion of NF Roundabout

NORTH FORK — Mother Nature has tapped the brakes on North Fork’s highly anticipated new roundabout. The recent series of storms — including a rare “bomb cyclone” — has forced contractors on the job to slow the pace of work, according to Ahmad Alkhayyat, Madera County’s director of public works. Construction of Madera County’s first public roundabout began in mid-June ...

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‘Christmas Past’ Celebrated at Fresno Flats

OAKHURST – The Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future made special guest appearances at Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park Sunday — along with a number of other traditional holiday favorites. Cool, rainy weather couldn’t put a damper on the popular community celebration as volunteers and attendees enjoyed the day’s festivities — which included holiday-themed demonstrations, craft-making and a ...

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Camarena Health’s Urgent Care Clinic Now Open in Oakhurst

OAKHURST — Camarena Health’s new urgent care clinic officially opened Thursday in Oakhurst. The milestone was announced on the healthcare organization’s Facebook page. “Not everything that’s urgent is an emergency. For everything from sniffles to stitches, earaches to X-rays, Camarena Health Urgent Care is here for your non-emergency needs!” the post said. Camarena remodeled the old Sierra Star building (at ...

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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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Wildfire Insurance Crisis Leads to Call for First-ever Statewide Non-renewal Moratorium

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OAKLAND — California’s Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara on Thursday issued a mandatory one-year moratorium on insurance companies non-renewing policyholders — helping at least 800,000 homeowners in wildfire disaster areas across the state. The commissioner’s action is the result of Senate Bill 824 — authored last year by Lara while serving as state senator — in order to give temporary relief ...

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Madera County’s Sheriff’s Log Through December 2, 2019

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MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Wednesday, November 27, to Monday, December 2, 2019. Oakhurst Domestic Disturbance On Wednesday, November 27, at 12:26 p.m., a deputy was dispatched to Highway 49 in Oakhurst regarding a domestic disturbance. Report written, EPO granted, arrest made and charges filed. Coarsegold Narcotics Found ...

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