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The Future Of Oakhurst College

OAKHURST – More than twenty years after local activists fought hard to support the passing of legislation that would guarantee the expansion of higher education in Oakhurst, a new struggle for the town’s share of a facilities bond proposed by the State Center Community College District (SCCCD) is now heating up. At stake is Oakhurst’s piece of a potential $485 ...

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Flash Flood Watch Issued For Sierra Foothills

SIERRA FOOTHILLS — The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a flash flood watch for Central California, including Madera, Mariposa and Fresno County foothills through Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 22. This advisory is mainly for the Rim Fire and El Portal fire burn areas, but extends from Yosemite to Kings Canyon. Heavy rain may cause areas of flooding and debris ...

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Deputies Rescue Suicidal Man From Bridge

MARIPOSA COUNTY — A section of State Highway 49 South was shut down yesterday, Wednesday, Dec. 16, for a reported elderly suicidal subject on the William Sell Bridge between Oakhurst and Mariposa. Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputies along with CHP and Fire/EMS, responded to the area and located a Mariposa man standing on the outer edge of the guardrail on the ...

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Planning Dept. Seeks Input On Transportation System

MARIPOSA COUNTY –  The Mariposa County Planning Department is conducting a survey of employee and resident transportation needs as part of the “Town of Mariposa Transit Center Feasibility Study.” Input from the community is very important to the process. The study is funded by a Caltrans planning grant. The community is asked to please take a moment to download the ...

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Audubon Christmas Bird Count

MOUNTAIN AREA – Bird lovers, photographers and others are invited to join the National Audubon Society’s 116th Christmas Bird Count (CBC). The CBC is an annual international bird census that began on Christmas Day in 1900, and now takes place in more than 1,500 locations throughout the Americas. This season the Christmas Bird Count will be held in the foothill ...

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Permit Exemption For Dead Tree Removal Extended

SACRAMENTO – As California’s severe drought and bark beetle epidemic has left millions of trees dead, the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection last week voted to extend a drought mortality exemption to the state’s tree removal permitting process. “With massive tree mortality across California, this exemption streamlines the process for landowners who are working to reduce their wildfire ...

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Dashing Through The Snow With MSO

MARIPOSA – The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming Festive Holiday Concert features no fewer than four musical sleigh rides. And considering both the weather forecasts and season to date, a sleigh may be a suitable way to negotiate the Yosemite region, suggests MSO Founder/Conductor Les Marsden. The MSO’s popular annual concert event will be held in Mariposa County High School’s Fiester ...

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Mom Arrested After Girl Found Alone In Forest

MARIPOSA COUNTY — A three-year-old girl is safe and sound after being found by a horseback rider in the forest yesterday. On Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 12:30 p.m Mariposa County Sheriff deputies responded to a call in the Jerseydale area of Mariposa County for a found child. A Mariposa resident was riding her horse in a remote area of Hites ...

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Don’t Let A House Fire Ruin Your Holidays

MOUNTAIN AREA – Cal Fire is called to many home fires this time of year when the response could have been prevented by simple home heating equipment maintenance procedures. To help reduce the number of home fires the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit is reminding the public that all home-heating equipment should be inspected. The following is a list of heating problems that ...

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Join Madera County Search & Rescue Team

MADERA COUNTY — Madera County’s nationally recognized Search & Rescue Team is currently accepting new applications through the end of the year. Applications can be picked up at either the Sheriff’s main office at 2725 Falcon Drive in Madera, or the Sheriff’s substation at 48267 Liberty Drive in Oakhurst. Interested candidates are urged to complete and submit an application. They ...

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