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Boating Under The Influence Arrests Up This Summer at Bass Lake

BASS LAKE — With the approach of the Labor Day weekend and the traditional wind-down of summer activities at Bass Lake, the Madera County Sheriff’s office is reporting boating under the influence (BUI) arrests are up 45 percent in 2019. Madera County Sheriff’s Corporal Amy Roussell said she attributes the increase in BUI arrests “to the training and experience of ...

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‘Frugal Friends’ Walk the Catwalk for a Cause at Bandit Town

NORTH FORK — The 4th Annual “Frugal Friends” Fashion Show took over Bandit Town Saturday as young models in snazzy thrift shop attire strutted their stuff to benefit the North Fork Community Library. Nearly 100 people came out for the fundraiser luncheon and fashion show, which was sponsored by the Friends of the North Fork Library and the North Fork ...

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Car Show Rumbles Into North Fork

NORTH FORK — Just after noon Saturday, a red Ferrari, three sleek Corvette convertibles and a vintage Mustang Fastback roared through the “exact center” of California. The rare, collectible cars were among the entrants in the annual North Fork Car Show, held in downtown North Fork Saturday afternoon. The popular event, a fundraiser for the North Fork Chamber of Commerce ...

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Hiking 20 Lakes Loop with Sally

The Twenty Lakes Loop trail led my dog Sally and I along beautiful lakes in the Hoover Wilderness. Lakes and tarns reflected snow covered mountains and those columbine were blooming like crazy! Where: Inyo National Forest, Hoover Wilderness Distance: 9 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 10,094′ – 10,360′ Date: August 6, 2019 Maps: Falls Ridge and June Lake Topographic Quads ...

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Pet Owners Beware: Toxic Algae Bloom Hitting Area Lakes

Dogs playing in water.

MOUNTAIN AREA — Officials across the Golden State are warning that a summer outbreak of toxic blue-green algae in area ponds and lakes could be deadly to dogs and other animals. On its website, the California EPA (CAL EPA) is reporting that on August 14th  water samples taken from Indian Lakes in Madera County tested positive for a potential toxic ...

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Wildflowers, Pika and Sally at Saddlebag Lake

Pika, those furry little critters that are too cute for words, greeted my dog Sally and me on our first day camping at Saddlebag Lake as we took a short walk along the east side of the lake to check out the beautiful wildflowers. Where: Hoover Wilderness, Inyo National Forest Distance: About 1.5 miles (but you can go farther) Elevation ...

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‘Bull Market’ in Oakhurst Promotes 2019 Coarsegold Stampede

OAKHURST — Wall Street had nothing on Oakhurst Saturday morning when the Von’s shopping center was transformed into a bull market — with a 1,500-pound rodeo bull named Wizard pacing the parking lot across from the grocery store. The eight-year-old animal, considered “rodeo royalty” according to his handlers, was at the shopping center to promote the upcoming Coarsegold Stampede Pro ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: The Arts And Crafts Movement

By Sal Maccarone — Use of the best materials, simple forms and, above all, traditional craftsmanship: these were the values advocated throughout the international Arts and Crafts movement. Originating in England during the late 1860s, this “anti-industrial” revolution spread quickly through Europe and then America. First instigated by an artist/writer named William Morris (1834-1896) and an art critic/poet named John ...

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Hiking Up, Down and Around Dana Plateau

Dana Plateau is not an easy hike by any means but if you are up for it, you will be blown away by the landscape, textures, colors, views and wildflowers that call this land that escaped the glaciers their home. If you go now and climb up through the white, bouldery wash, you will see beautiful columbine blooms which are ...

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Iconic Mom-and-Pop Fruit Stand Prepares To Celebrate 20 Years

OAKHURST — Mary and Mark Korakis are about to have hundreds of new neighbors — and they just can’t wait. The couple run the Oakhurst Fruit Stand, a popular local business tucked into the hillside off Highway 41 just north of Oakhurst’s three new hotels which, when open later this year, will add a total of 324 new rooms to ...

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