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Madera County Crops Worth $2 Billion in 2018

MADERA — County Agricultural Commissioner Stephanie “Stevie” McNeill presented the 2018 Madera County Crop and Livestock report to the Madera County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday (October 1) — and the final tally on last year’s overall ag output was impressive. In 2018, the gross value of agricultural production in Madera County was $2,058,474,000 — an increase of $85,025,000 — ...

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National Night Out Spotlights Partnerships for a Safer Community

By Sarah Jackson Special to Sierra News Online OAKHURST – The mountain community gathered in Old Mill Village Shopping Center Tuesday evening for National Night Out, a collaborative event that started in 1984 as an annual campaign to promote police-community partnership and neighborhood camaraderie. Eastern Madera County has expanded upon that mission in recent years to make National Night Out ...

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Celebration of Life for Morrison “Morrie” Hale Williams

Morrison “Morrie” Hale Williams was born January 6, 1934, and died September 11, 2019. “Morrie” as he was so fondly known to everyone, died at the age of 85, with his devoted wife Katie by his side in their home in Coarsegold. He had battled with bladder cancer for several years and accepted that this final fight could not be ...

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Memorial Services for Steven Michael Barber

Steven Michael Barber, 64, of Oakhurst, passed away on Sunday, September 22, 2019 in Oakhurst of Alzheimers. Memorial services will be held at 11 am on Saturday, October 5 at Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Rick Lemberg officiating. A celebration of life luncheon will be provided by the family immediately following the service. If Forest Service officials would like ...

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Yosemite Lakes Park Hosts Inaugural Safety & Health Fair

By Sarah Jackson Special to Sierra News Online YOSEMITE LAKES PARK — Public safety agencies, nonprofit groups and businesses came together Saturday to promote a positive message at the First Annual Yosemite Lakes Park Safety & Health Fair.  The event, sponsored by the Yosemite Lakes Owners Association Disaster and Safety-Health (D.A.S.H.) Committee and hosted at the Yosemite Lakes Clubhouse, offered ...

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Madera County Fire Station 11 Hosts Open House

NORTH FORK — The firefighters and EMTs at North Fork’s Station 11 together with the North Fork Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary hosted an open house Saturday afternoon. The event, held from 2 to 4 p.m., was not a fundraiser “but, rather, a huge thank you to the mountain communities for their ongoing support,” according to a flyer inviting community members ...

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Celebration of Life: Samuel Allan Rosasco

Samuel Allan Rosasco was born April 9, 1998. Sam died September 11, 2019 at the young age of 21. He grew up on the family ranch in Oakhurst and thoroughly loved the outdoors. He was an adventure seeker and paid attention to the little things. He always had a smile and took joy in fishing, welding and riding motorcycles. He ...

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First-Person: Truck Hits Pole, Causes Power Outage in Cascadel Heights

NORTH FORK — The following first-person account of an incident that happened Thursday in Cascadel Heights was provided by a SNO reader. It was titled: ‘Wildfire miraculously avoided when power pole fell into tall grasses.’ To: “News Desk — On Thursday around 1:30 pm in Cascadel Heights, a resident was airing up his truck tire and the truck rolled down ...

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2019 Bass Lake Home Tour Postponed

The Bass Lake Lions Club has postponed the 2019 Bass Lake Home Tour until next fall. Originally scheduled for October 5, the event will now be held every other year beginning in 2020. “It’s a fun, wonderful event,” Lions Club member Diane Peterson stated. “We will have some special homes to view next year.” The Bass Lake Lions Club, in ...

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Meet the Artist: Aleli Gonzalez Kelton

Photo of a Flower by artist Aleli Gonzalez Kelton

My name is Aleli Gonzalez Kelton. I grew up in Burbank and attended John Burroughs High School, benefiting from the excellent photography program at JBHS in addition to participating in the Regional Occupational program offered for the field photography. The program offered many opportunities, and it wasn’t long before I decided that photography would be my career. I developed an ...

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