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COVID-19: An Important Message from Madera Community Hospital

Dear Neighbors, During the past month our community and hospital have made significant changes in how we work. For us, this is the first time in our careers when we are caring for patients without the patient’s friends and family physically visiting to provide emotional and spiritual support. We understand families are missing out on celebrating the first hours of ...

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10 Things To Do Now To Prep For Fire Season

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YOSEMITE — We have good news and bad news. The bad news is that fire season has not been cancelled due to the coronavirus. The good news is that the virus will likely result in there being far fewer outdoor activities and gatherings this summer, which should lead to fewer forest fires. That’s what we’re hoping, anyway. So what can ...

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Sequoia National Forest Inviting Volunteer Partners This Summer

MOUNTAIN AREA — Are you interested in volunteer opportunities with the Sequoia National Forest, but not sure where to start? Forest volunteers are environmental partners who play a vital role in keeping public lands healthy. Volunteers make an invaluable contribution to the beautification and visual enhancement while enjoying all their public lands have to offer. One popular activity enjoyed on ...

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Martha Patterson | If Hospital Won’t Allow Visitors

MOUNTAIN AREA — If your loved one is in a hospital, nursing home or assisted living facility and management is limiting visitors to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, this is what you need to do: Does your loved one have an Advance Health Care Directive? If so find it, see who they named as their agent (the person who ...

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C21 Ditton | Getting your House Ready for Sale

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Whether you are selling a property you have inherited, or just getting ready to move on from the place you raised your family, selling a property brings many emotions. But that doesn’t mean you should just get it over with, you want to do this right, and that means finding a real estate agent with local experience ...

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FDA: Everyone Can Help in COVID-19 Fight

MOUNTAIN AREA — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is encouraging everyone to protect themselves and others from coronavirus. Because COVID-19 has never been seen in humans before, there are currently no vaccines to prevent or drugs to treat COVID-19 approved by the FDA so the best way to prevent illness, according to the agency, is “to avoid being exposed  ...

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Mountain Area Home ‘Sold’ Prices Rise in First Quarter of 2020

MOUNTAIN AREA — Local Realtor Ed Bailey of Ed Bailey Realty in Oakhurst reports that January-through-March 2020 home sales increased significantly compared to sales activity during the same period in 2019. Forty six mountain area homes were sold in Q1 2020, Bailey reported, compared to 36 sales during the same period last year. The median purchase price was $315,875, increasing ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Plan Your ‘Victory’ Vegetable Garden Now

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By Bob Labozetta, UC Master Gardener, Mariposa MARIPOSA — With so many people following stay-at-home orders, vegetable gardens are on the rise across the country. Are you ready to put in your own “victory” garden? Let’s look at some tips to get you started. When planning a garden, consider where the sunlight falls. Almost all vegetables grow best in full ...

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Mountain Area Residents Encouraged to Complete 2020 Census

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Uncle Sam wants to know some basic information about area households — information that will dictate how much federal money is allocated to counties for critical services like roads and bridges, schools, hospitals and fire stations. But statewide, according to government officials on Thursday, just 47 percent of Californians have responded so far to the 2020 U.S. ...

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PG&E: Closing All 38 Recreational Sites ‘Until at Least May’

SACRAMENTO – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will close its camping and day-use recreational sites across its service area, “until at least May,” at which time the utility will “reassess the closure plan,” according to a PG&E press release issued Wednesday. “PG&E is committed to providing safe and reliable energy and ensuring business continuity in these challenging times. For ...

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