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Serving Seniors With A Paintbrush And A Smile

Two “teams” of volunteer teenagers from the Sierra Service Project have been here for the past two weeks painting our house. The Sierra Service Project is a Christian non-profit organization serving low-income residents in the area, and is supported by the Chukchansi and New Community United Methodist Church.

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Update On The Aspen Fire – August 1

EASTERN MADERA COUNTY – The Aspen Fire, burning on the Sierra National Forest – High Sierra Ranger District, has now grown to 16,204 acres and is 40% contained. Additional resources continue to arrive to assist in the fire suppression efforts, and there are now a total of 1,947 personnel assigned to the incident. The Forest Service says firefighter and public ...

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Hot Sunday Drive

EASTERN MADERA COUNTY – After nearly a week of smoky days, Bass Lake residents Kelly and L-Jay Fine decided to take a Sunday evening drive, tooling along the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway, to safely get a better view of the growing Aspen fire. “Our journey started before 9 p.m. as it was starting to get dark on that windy road,” ...

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Aspen Fire Now Over 14,000 Acres

EASTERN MADERA COUNTY – As crews on the west side of the San Joaquin River continue to keep a sharp eye on the Aspen Fire, making sure it doesn’t jump the canyon, the fire has grown to 14,147 acres. There are now 1,792 personnel assigned to the fire, and road and campground closures remain in effect.

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So You Think Fire Is A Bad Thing…?

HUNTINGTON LAKE – As the Aspen Fire continues to chew through the forest in the High Sierra District of the Sierra National Forest, it leaves in its wake the seeds of renewal. Though many may feel that this fire is a tragedy, and that nature is being destroyed and creatures are perishing, it is actually the regeneration of life.

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Career Opportunity – EMT Training Starts Soon

O’NEALS – Anyone wishing to earn their qualifications as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is encouraged to attend training, starting Aug. 19, at Minarets High School. “This is a great opportunity for anyone just starting out, or wanting to make a career change,” says Gina Hartley, local EMT who teaches the course along with paramedic, husband Bill. “The medical field ...

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A Trip Up To The Aspen Fire

EASTERN MADERA COUNTY – After days of listening to the radio traffic on the Aspen Fire, I decided to take a drive up the mountain and see for myself what it looks like from the west side of the river. The fire is now 11,019 acres, and 20% contained. The total containment date has been pushed out to Aug. 10. ...

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Aspen Fire Now Nearly 9,000 Acres

EASTERN MADERA COUNTY – Residents of Eastern Madera County have been holding their breath, sometimes literally, for the past week as heavy dense smoke blankets the area, and the potential for the Aspen Fire to jump the river keeps people on edge. The fire has grown to nearly 9,000 acres, with 15% containment, and has so far remained on the ...

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Aspen Fire Grows to 6,693 Acres

EASTERN MADERA COUNTY – There are now a total of 1,012 personnel fighting the Aspen Fire, burning near Mammoth Pool on the east side of the San Joaquin River. The lightning caused fire, which was discovered just after midnight on Tuesday, July 23, has grown overnight to 6,693 acres, and is 10% contained.

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Aspen Fire Grows, Progress Made On Containment

EASTERN MADERA COUNTY – The Aspen Fire has now burned 4,789 acres and is 5% contained as of 7 p.m. on Friday, July 26. The lightning-caused fire started on Tuesday, July 23, and is burning in very steep, difficult terrain, moving generally north and east, with the most activity on the northern part of the fire.

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