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Lasers And Boat Show Light Up Bass Lake

BASS LAKE – Independence Day was celebrated last weekend it all its glorious forms, from time-honored events like pancake breakfasts and small-town parades, to family picnics, barbecue dinners, patriotic displays and even a laser light show over the lake. “We offered a safe alternative to fireworks, at no charge,” says Michelle Miller of Miller’s Landing, who is secretary of the ...

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Len Nielson Takes Loggers Jamboree Title

NORTH FORK – The 56th annual Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree drew over 2,000 people to the Rec Center in North Fork over the 4th of July weekend. The competition was fierce, with Len Nielson taking the title of Champion Logger, beating out the winner of the past two years, Nathan Hodges, by just one point. Spectators were treated to fast and ...

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Hope from the Ashes

Story by AnnaRose Chaney OAKHURST – At the start of summer 2014, fires began plaguing the land and people of our community. For some, the flames were no more than distant spirals of smoke and ash that blackened the air and left the sky a bitter red. To others, the flames were omens of fear and chaos, and with them ...

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Bass Lake To Bay In Nicaragua: Becoming Surf Amigas

By Kelly Silva Fine Nicaragua, Part One: From Sadness to Surfing Last year I decided, with the help of my hubby, to finally do a surfing trip, since I was turning forty-five. I convinced my childhood BFF, Kari, to join me, so we traveled to Nicaragua for a week during the end of May for surfing, yoga and other activities ...

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Everything Burned But The House

NORTH FORK – A family who had no doubt that they had lost everything to the flames during the first night of the Corrine Fire were shocked and thrilled to discover that their homes were still standing. “We watched the fire coming over the hill and surrounding our house, and I just knew it was all up in smoke,” says ...

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Sweet Ride Before The Sky Fire

OAKHURST – Planning ahead and being prepared for the unexpected are among the philosophies of Backcountry Horsemen of California. These simple ideals were strongly reinforced recently for Mary Odell and her friends, when they went out for what was supposed to be an easy day, and wound up on the same mountain as the Sky Fire.

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Panic And Fear Before Reunion And Relief

OAKHURST – The fourth day of Discovery Camp started out beautifully at Calvin Crest, where kids age 5-10 were set for a fun-filled morning and afternoon of activities on the charmed property nestled in the Sierra National Forest. “Our first session of Discovery Day Camp is underway,” wrote counselors on the organization’s Facebook page. “What a joy it is to ...

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Kindness, Dignity, And Respect

In May of 2014, transgender actress and advocate Laverne Cox graced the cover of Time Magazine with the words “Transgender Tipping Point.” This year, Jeffrey Tambor won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in his role as Maura Pfefferman on “Transparent.”

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Sconce Family Vies For Votes In Canon Project Imagination

OAKHURST – Local filmmaker Matt Sconce and his family are in the Top 15 for director Ron Howard’s “Canon Project Imagination,” after submitting a short film trailer called, “The Hunt.” “We’re in the Finals and we need you,” says Matt. The video features the Sconce kids in super hero masks, quite naturally. Now, it’s time to vote!

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People, Places and Second Chances

Submitted by Lori Howard OAKHURST – It isn’t often that life allows you a second chance. We had the opportunity to host Miguel and Anna Perez-Spuch from Madrid, Spain this week. We see people from all over the world at our bed and breakfast near Yosemite National Park, but none with a story like Anna and Miguel’s.

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