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County Library Branches Continue ‘Phased’ Reopening

MOUNTAIN AREA — All Madera County Library locations, including the branches in Oakhurst and North Fork, are now offering curbside services for the community as the next phase of the system’s reopening plan. Library announced this week that patrons can place holds on books, DVDs and other materials via the Library’s mobile app, online catalog, or by phone. Staff will prepare ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Master Gardeners at the Mariposa Farmers’ Market

Picture of an apple sale at a farmers' market.

By Bob Labozetta, UC Master Gardener, Mariposa MARIPOSA — Remember the Mariposa Farmers’ Market? Now that the county is opening up, the Farmers’ Market will begin its annual schedule (every Wednesday, May though Oct.) starting — hopefully — May 20, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., at the bottom of 6th St. and Stroming Rd., adjacent to the Mariposa Creek Parkway ...

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Oakhurst CHP Resuming VIN Inspections

OAKHURST — The California Highway Patrol has announced that beginning this week, the Oakhurst area office’s VIN officers will be accepting appointments for VIN (vehicle identification number) inspections. Mountain area residents in need of a VIN verification may call the CHP office (658-6590) Monday through Friday during regular business hours to schedule an inspection. “We will have safety protocols during ...

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Sierra Art Trails ‘Open Studio Tour’ Postponed Until 2021

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OAKHURST — Sierra Art Trails announced this week that the 18th annual Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour has been postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The application for Sierra Art Trails 2021 will go live on SmarterEntry.com on Feb. 1, 2021. If you are an artist who has already applied for 2020, your application fee will be ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Where, When and How to Transplant New Seedlings

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By Bob Labozetta, UC Master Gardener, Mariposa MARIPOSA — So you’ve started your seeds in pots or trays and they have sprouted. Now what? When it’s too early to transplant seedlings out into the garden, but they’re too big to remain in their first containers (or your seedlings are crowding each other), you need to transplant them into bigger pots ...

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CHP Reminds Residents May is ‘Bicycle Safety’ Month

OAKHURST — Throughout May — National Bicycle Safety Month — the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) are joining forces to remind everyone to share the road “safely and courteously.” Since the “stay-at-home” directive brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, many people in California have taken to their bicycles for exercise and a change of scenery. ...

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The History Mystery #86: Mammoth Orange

Picture of Mammoth Orange Food Stand.

By Dan Carrion, E Clampus Vitus Historian One of the Valley’s most famous landmarks was located on Highway 99 at Fairmead. The “Mammoth Orange,” and its sister across the highway the “Whoa Boy Giant Orange,” served voyagers on Highway 99 for over 50 years. The Whoa Boy was built in 1941 on the west side of Highway 99 near the ...

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Pet of the Week: Miss Muffet

Hello, I’m Miss Muffet. Maybe I should be called Marilyn instead of Muffet, you know, like Marilyn Monroe? I think my photo speaks for itself. Of course, beauty is only fur deep! Underneath all of this gorgeous fur, I am a lover at heart. I am only 10 months old and already know I like everyone! I am currently available ...

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