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Update: State Supreme Court Hears Mono Casino Appeal

SACRAMENTO — The California State Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday (June 2) in the long-running case known as the United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria v Newsom.While the Auburn Indians and a number of other California casino tribes continue to oppose the Mono’s 20-year effort to build a casino and hotel off Highway 99 near Madera, since ...

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Grace Community Church of North Fork Announces New Ministry

Collage painting of Christian saints.

By Don Grove NORTH FORK — With the shutdown of non-essential businesses in force, Grace Community Church has continued weekly Sunday services on their web page. Grace Community feels church services are essential and have a remarkable new minister to step up to fill this service. Kim Williams is a candidate for ordination for the Northern California Nevada Conference, United Church of ...

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The History Mystery #87: Who is This Mystery Person?

Picture of an old school bus.

By Christina McDonald, Sierra Mono Museum The Sierra Mono Museum is asking for a little help in identifying the individual riding this North Fork School bus, and the approximate decade. As the museum begins to move back, we would like more information on our photograph collections.  If anyone can identify this individual on the bus, maybe it’s the bus driver ...

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Tentative Trial Date Set in Lee Murder Case

MADERA — Robert Eugene Moye, the North Fork man charged in the July 2019 murder of prominent Mono tribal elder Gaylen Lee, was arraigned in Madera County Superior Court on Wednesday. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Moye, 47, appeared in Department 22 via video hookup for an informational hearing and to formally be advised of all of the charges against ...

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50th Annual Indian Fair Days and Pow Wow Canceled

NORTH FORK – The board of directors at the Sierra Mono Museum and Cultural Center has made the “difficult” decision to cancel the 50th annual Indian Fair Days and Pow Wow. “The event, planned for August 1-2, 2020, is canceled due to the public health emergency, COVID-19,” said a press release issued Thursday by tribal officials. “Planning a large event ...

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State Supreme Court to Hear Mono Casino Case Early Next Month

NORTH FORK — Mono tribal officials are hopeful the last remaining legal barriers may soon be removed in the tribe’s nearly 20-year effort to build a casino and hotel off Highway 99 near Madera.On June 2, the California Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case of United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria v Newsom. ...

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COVID-19 Axes 2020 Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree

NORTH FORK – The board of directors of the North Fork Boosters Club announced last last week that the 2020 edition of the Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree, one of the mountain area’s most popular annual events, is being cancelled due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.“This is tough!” said a post on the Boosters Facebook page. “For sixty straight years ...

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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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Police Seek Clues in Suspected Murder of North Fork Man

FRESNO — Area law enforcement investigators are asking for the public’s help in trying to solve the apparent shooting death earlier this week of a North Fork man. Police believe the murder occurred Tuesday in central Fresno.According to Fresno County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Tony Botti, police initially thought that they were responding to a traffic collision when they ...

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