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What Time Is Mountain Time?

OAKHURST – Prompted by one of our readers, SNO staff logged onto Facebook and asked the fairly loaded question, “have you experienced ‘mountain time’ when it comes to such things as hiring contractors?” We wanted to know if area residents would recount stories of people showing up on time here in the foothills, or late, or not at all… and ...

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Lightning Sparks Several Fires

MADERA COUNTY – Several lightning strikes in the mountain area last night kept firefighters busy tracking down small blazes. The first call came in just after 7 p.m. on Monday, July 22, for a fire along Road 600 near Grub Gulch. There were two small fires in the area that crews had handled in short order.

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Update On Recent Fire Calls

MADERA COUNTY – Firefighters have responded to several calls in the past week, with the first on Road 400 at Lilley Mountain Road. On Thursday afternoon, July 11, crews responded to a fire on Road 400 that began burning up Lilley Mountain. Initially, several structures were threatened, but with two tanker drops delivered very quickly, none were lost.

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Sierra Homestay Needs Room For 4 More

This is a note from Coarsegold resident Bruce Howard who together with his wife Lori Howard are promoting nonprofit organization Sierra Homestay. They’re looking to fill a few precious spots and want to hear from residents who are interested. Dear Friends: For the past 6 years, Lori and I have brought Chinese students to the Eastern Madera County region and ...

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Free Event For Home Gardeners

MADERA – Madera County Master Gardeners will host a free event for home gardeners this month. On Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to noon, attend the “Lavender and Herbs – So Easy to Grow and Use” workshop, presented by Master Gardeners Carol Kennedy, Nadine King, and Anna Wattenbarger.

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Free Guided Tour Of Nelder Grove

MADERA COUNTY – The Sierra Vista Scenic Byway Association is leading another beautiful and informative tour of one of the many scenic wonders in our own back yard. Explore the Secrets Of Nelder Grove on Saturday, Aug. 10, as 2013 National Forest Service Volunteer of the Year, Brenda Negley shares well known and secret places in Nelder Grove.

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Scenic Byway Free Photographic Tour

MADERA COUNTY – Take advantage of this opportunity to not only spend time on the beautiful Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway, but to learn from the pros about the best way to photograph to amazing vistas, flora and wildlife. Join local photographers Roger Robinette and Gay Abarbanell, with a little help from Joanne Freemire, as they conduct a free photographic ...

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Crews Handle Four Fires In One Day

MADERA COUNTY – Firefighters were busy on Thursday, June 20, with four small fires that were all quickly extinguished, one by a passing motorist. Crews were first called out to a vehicle fire on Deadwood, on Highway 41 just south of Oakhurst. Engines then responded to a small fire on Road 415 near Sesame Street.

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Cause Of Two Area Fires Determined

MADERA COUNTY – Cal Fire has learned the cause of the nearly 500 acre fire along Highways 41 and 145 on Sunday, June 16, that consumed a barn and two haystacks before being brought under control. According to Cal Fire spokesperson Karen Guillemin, the fire was started by the metal end of a racheting tie-down strap that had come loose ...

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Yellow Fever Mosquito Found In Madera

MADERA – The yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) was identified this week in a several block area on the west side of the city of Madera. This aggressive day-biting mosquito is not native to California; however it is a common mosquito in urban areas of the southeastern United States.

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