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Massive Oak Topples, Blocking Road Near School

OAKHURST — A once-majestic oak tree estimated to be about 100 years old toppled over this afternoon, leaving a road closed and crews working in the rain to clear the scene. At about 12:30 p.m. today, the massive tree, rotted inside and saturated after nearly non-stop storms, fell on Hangtree Lane just west of Road 428, not far from the ...

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Sky Ranch Residents Step Up Opposition To Planned RV Park, Circulating Petition

OAKHURST – A plan to build an RV and camping park along Road 632 in Oakhurst could pose “life threatening impacts” to area residents, according to a new petition being circulated this week by people living in the Sky Ranch Road neighborhood. The petition drive comes after a Feb. 12 meeting in Oakhurst where Madera County Planning Commissioners OK’d plans ...

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Wide-Reaching Power Outage Affects Thousands

MOUNTAIN AREA — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is reporting that a power outage stretching from Bass Lake to Ahwahnee and up to Wawona had initially affected more than 3,500 customers. PG&E said that nearly 2,000 customers were without power well into the evening. By about 9 p.m., fewer than 1,000 customers were still awaiting restoration of service. By ...

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Caltrans Culvert Repair On Highway 41 Postponed For Weather

OAKHURST — Caltrans has postponed construction on Highway 41 in the Oakhurst area that was scheduled to begin on Monday, Mar. 4. The work is now set to start a week later, on Monday, Mar. 11, and motorists should be prepared for traffic delays at that time as construction work gets underway. Caltrans, in cooperation with Agee Construction, says one-way ...

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Work Continues On Highway 140 In Ferguson Fire Burn Area

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) continues its work on an emergency project rehabilitating and repairing both lanes of State Route 140 (SR-140) from Briceburg to Yosemite National Park. The project includes the replacement and repair of culverts and underground drainage systems, removal of potentially hazardous trees and branches, and implementing slope stabilization measures after the Ferguson ...

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Big Plans For New Businesses In Downtown North Fork

NORTH FORK – Big changes are coming to downtown North Fork as Bandit Town owner Jennifer McMillan gets busy on the three store fronts and two houses she recently purchased from Doug and Lois Betty. McMillan is the new owner of the building that now houses K&B Auto Parts, plus the shop that used to be Sierra Video which closed ...

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Payless ShoeSource To Close In Oakhurst, Exact Date Unknown

OAKHURST – As Payless ShoeSource prepares to close approximately 2,500 store locations in North America, that, of course, includes the Oakhurst store in the Old Mill Shopping Center. A spokesperson for the company says they don’t have an exact date for the closing of the Oakhurst location, but they expect that Payless store closings will begin at the end of ...

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Flash Flood Warning For Parts Of Mariposa County

MARIPOSA – The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a Flash Flood Warning for northwestern Mariposa County and southwestern Tuolumne County until 1:30 p.m. At 11:59 a.m., Doppler radar indicated a line of thunderstorms providing very heavy rain across the warned area. Radar estimated half- to three-quarters of an inch per hour. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly. ...

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Highway 140 Reopens In Mariposa County

MARIPOSA COUNTY – As of 10 a.m. today, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has reopened State Route 140 in and near the Ferguson Fire burn scar. The preemptive closure was implemented at 3 p.m. yesterday and extended for approximately 17 miles from Bear Creek near Midpines to Foresta Road in El Portal. The highway remained closed for about 19 ...

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Planning Commission Votes To Recommend RV Park On Sky Ranch Road

OAKHURST – After a three-hour public meeting of the Madera County Planning Commission last night at the Oakhurst Community Center, the Commission voted unanimously to recommend that the Madera County Board of Supervisors approve a nearly 40-acre RV and camping park on Road 632 (Sky Ranch Road). Red Tail Acquisitions has requested a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) from the County ...

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