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Look for 25% Discount On June, July Sierra Tel Bills

OAKHURST — During these unprecedented times, Sierra Tel knows that many families are working from home, students are participating in on-line school programs, and many of our customers are temporarily unemployed. To help ease the economic hardship our customers are incurring, we will be discounting the DSL internet service portion of your bill by 25% for the months of June ...

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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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2020 Census Shows Communities Not Just Geographic Locations

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Article reprinted with permission from census.gov. This story is part of an occasional series on the important community benefits that come from responding to the 2020 Census. Whether you live in a metropolis or a tiny crossroads, in the suburbs or on a boat sailing from port to port, responding to the 2020 Census is critical for your community. But ...

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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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Madera Community Hospital and Family Health Services Welcomes New Doctor

MADERA — Dr. Geeta Ramesh is a Family Practice Physician with more than a decade of experience working with children, families and seniors in the Central Valley. Dr. Ramesh completed her residency at UCSF Fresno and is accredited by the American Board of Family Medicine. “We are thrilled to welcome an experienced female physician with the professional credentials to care ...

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CAL FIRE: Burn Permits Required in Madera County as of May 1

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MARIPOSA — The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) encourage residents to continue their hazard reduction burning in Eastern Madera County. Valid San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District permits are required and can be obtained by contacting San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control (APCD) at 559-230-6000. CAL FIRE stations will not be ...

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Madera County District Attorney Opposes Planned Inmate Release

MADERA — From the desk of Madera County District Attorney Sally Moreno: Here in Madera I will continue to work with local law enforcement agencies to keep Madera as safe as we can. But state officials aren’t making it easy… As we continue to shelter in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, Governor Gavin Newsom directed the Chief Justice ...

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Under an Hour: Madera Community Speeds COVID Test Result Time

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MADERA — Madera Community Hospital announced this week that they have improved their COVID-19 test result time to less than 60 minutes. Until this week, people tested for COVID-19 in Madera County relied on the public health lab or national commercial laboratories to process their test results. Those test results were not typically known until two to seven days later. ...

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COVID-19: An Important Message from Madera Community Hospital

Dear Neighbors, During the past month our community and hospital have made significant changes in how we work. For us, this is the first time in our careers when we are caring for patients without the patient’s friends and family physically visiting to provide emotional and spiritual support. We understand families are missing out on celebrating the first hours of ...

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10 Things To Do Now To Prep For Fire Season

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YOSEMITE — We have good news and bad news. The bad news is that fire season has not been cancelled due to the coronavirus. The good news is that the virus will likely result in there being far fewer outdoor activities and gatherings this summer, which should lead to fewer forest fires. That’s what we’re hoping, anyway. So what can ...

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