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History Mystery #90: The Case of the Perplexing Pumitile

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By Connie Popelish, North Fork History Group Some of the special features of North Fork architecture include the unique buildings made of blocks of pumice and cement, known as pumitile. Pumitile concrete bricks were manufactured by the Jourdan Concrete Pipe Company of Fresno, beginning around 1931. Initially, the company made concrete pipes for sewage systems, but eventually branched out, designing open-interior ...

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September is California Wine Month and The Madera Wine Trail Has Fresh Stories to Celebrate

MADERA COUNTY, CA (AUGUST 31, 2020) – Central California’s Madera County is the largest rural county in the state and home to the Madera Wine Trail. The landscape stretches from productive farmlands to rolling foothills and upward into the High Sierra. It’s no mystery why this countryside has been wine-making since the 1800’s, the weather is warm, the skies are ...

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California Statewide Fire Summary

CALIFORNIA – Over 16,000 firefighters continue to battle 18 major fires and lightning complexes across California. Firefighters continue to make good progress with increased containment figures on all of the fires, and even full containment on two of the large wildfires. As progress is made, many of the evacuation orders have been lifted or downgraded. However, nearly 40,000 people remain ...

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Madera County Department of Public Health Covid Update

MADERA – Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) is reporting 109 new cases for the week ending Aug. 31, 2020 bringing the total cases to 3,783. According to the MCDPH dashboard there are 533 active cases including 22 Madera County residents hospitalized in Madera County, with 3,196 recovered and 54 deceased to date. Reporting area D which includes the ...

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California Supreme Court Gives Favorable Nod to North Fork Rancheria Casino

North Fork, CA – The California Supreme Court has ruled that former Governor Jerry Brown acted within his authority when he concurred in a pair of federal decisions in 2011 that led to the approval of two so-called “off-reservation” tribal gaming projects in Madera and Yuba counties. In United Auburn Indian Community v. Newsom, the Court determined that the Governor ...

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Adventist Health Oakhurst Welcomes Back Pamela B. Rico

OAKHURST – The family medicine practice at Adventist Health Medical Office – Oakhurst is pleased to welcome back certified family nurse practitioner Pamela B. Rico. Following a year-long break, Rico has returned to the practice where she helps families attain their best health and provides expertise in women’s health services, disease prevention and healthy living education. “It was always impressed ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Winter Veggie Gardens

By Bob Labozetta, UC Master Gardener, Mariposa It’s 90 degrees outside. Yep, time to prepare for your winter veggie garden. WHAT? Winter veggie choices include beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, chard, garlic, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, onions/shallots, parsnips, peas, potatoes, radishes, rhubarb, rutabaga, spinach, turnip, and other leafy greens such as bok choy and kale. The above veggies can be direct ...

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Measure N to Fund New John C. Fremont Hospital

MARIPOSA – On Nov. 3, 2020, Mariposa County residents will vote on Measure N, a ballot measure that will keep Mariposa County’s only hospital open to provide local access to advanced, life-saving medical care for victims of accidents, heart attacks, strokes and other medical emergencies. The need for a new hospital is based on changes in California’s seismic safety standards. ...

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An Evolution for Southern Yosemite’s Vibrant Art Scene

OAKHURST – Previously known as Yosemite Gateway Gallery Row, this summer, a group of artists and visionaries have rechristened the collection of galleries as Yosemite Gateway Art Center. The galleries, located along the Southern Yosemite Highway in the mountain town of Oakhurst, have been a prominent destination for decades. Now, Yosemite National Park visitors, Bass Lake revilers and residents alike, have a new cultural ...

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2020 Native American Youth Conference

MADERA COUNTY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES – Hil-le Hil-le, Fresno State Outreach and Special Programs is pleased to announce that the 2020 Native American Youth Conference will be held on Friday, September 18, 2020 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm via Zoom for a virtual experience. The conference is open to 6th-12th grade Native American students from all school districts and parents are welcomed to ...

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