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How Many Homes Were Sold? Mountain Area Housing Report

By Ed Bailey — In 2018, members of the of Fresno Realtors Association Multiple Listing Services in the Yosemite Gateway Branch sold 554 mountain area homes (single family residential properties), compared to 639 in 2017, at a median price of $304,950, up 13 percent from $280,000 in 2017. Boundaries for the mountain area include Oakhurst, Ahwahnee, Coarsegold, North Fork, Wishon, ...

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Public Meeting On Parks And Trails For Health And Wellness

NORTH FORK – Projects to develop recreational sites, trails and parks in the North Fork community will be presented at a public meeting on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at the North Fork Rancheria Community Center. Everyone is invited to attend and share their ideas on how North Fork can improve the quality of life by developing recreational sites ...

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Prune It Or Lose It? Free Tree Pruning Workshop

MARIPOSA — Prune it, or lose it? Prune it correctly, or lose it? Heck, why should the backyard orchardist worry about pruning anyway? Pruning a tree is the art and science of removing specific branches or stems to benefit the whole tree. A goal of pruning is to remove dead, damaged and diseased branches to help prevent insect & decay ...

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Celebration Of Life For Jeffrey Lee Brannon

Beloved son, brother, father, and friend Jeffrey Lee Brannon left his earthly family on Dec. 2, 2018 at the age of 55. Born in Visalia on Oct. 23, 1963, Jeff is survived by his parents Connie Bomann Brannon of Yosemite Lakes Park and Dwaine Lee Brannon of Yuma, Arizona. Jeff will be forever missed by his sister Sharyl Brannon of Visalia, ...

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Over The Garden Fence: Happy New Earth

By Brian David —  This new year welcomes us into its vibrancy. Air, water; sand, clay and silt pulse with wiggling earthworms, dancing bacteria and exercising fungi. From the soil’s fertile womb our earth births seeds into plants and covers her modest bare ground with carpets green and brown. Three fourths of all plant roots interact in mutually beneficial relationships ...

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Services For B. Wilbur Rieke, Sr.

Beloved patriarch B. Wilbur Rieke, Sr. passed away on December 25, 2018, at the age of 90. He was an Oakhurst resident for the past 25 years. Wilbur will be deeply missed by his wife of 70 years, Leela Rieke, and their children Lelene Rieke, Bernie Rieke, Jr., Diana Gardner, Carissa Crain, Johnny Rieke, and Wayne Rieke. He also leaves ...

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Auditions For Fundraiser At Public Coffee House In North Fork

NORTH FORK – Auditions for the Phantom Opera Show fundraiser will be held at the Public Coffee House (PCH) in North Fork on Tuesday, Jan. 8, and Thursday, Jan. 10 from noon to 5 p.m. Organizer Isabella Clark is looking for singers, age 12 and up, to be part of a very special concert fundraiser to support the ongoing work of ...

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33rd Annual Oakhurst Sierra Rotary Crab Feed

OAKHURST – Cast your eyes toward one of the best and most festive dinner events the area has to offer, as the annual Rotary Club of Oakurst Sierra Crab Feed returns to the Oakhurst Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 2. Doors open at 6 p.m. This year, the event falls on Groundhog Day — what could be more appropriate than an ...

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Oakhurst And Merced Wildlife Refuge Bird Counts

Contributed by Len McKenzie, YAAS – MOUNTAIN AREA – The Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) continues this week, as intrepid observers in Oakhurst and Merced take to the field for one day to make a record of all the birds they see and hear. Organized by ornithologist Frank Chapman of the American Museum of Natural History in 1900 as an ...

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Foothills Representing At Tournament Of Roses Parade

MOUNTAIN AREA — While you’re snuggled on the couch New Year’s day, sporting new moose pajamas and fuzzy slippers, hot cuppa in hand and watching the Rose Parade on NBC or ABC at 8 a.m. — know that our local foothills are nicely represented by the efforts of a local service club, a group of students, and their chaperones. On ...

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