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Local Christmas Bird Counts Successful

Annual Christmas bird counts last month in Mariposa, Oakhurst and Yosemite yielded fewer birds than last year, yet organizers of the three local events nonetheless judged them successful–and, as always, fun! The counts were part of the National Audubon Society’s 113th Christmas Bird Count, an annual avian census held between Dec. 14, 2012 and Jan. 5, 2013. Begun on Christmas ...

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Minarets Key Club Members Decorate Floats For 2013 Rose Parade

O’NEALS – Key Club members from Minarets High School left town in the wee early hours of the morning on Sunday, Dec. 30, and made their way south to Pasadena, California. What was their mission? These 9 young leaders were off to decorate floats for the renowned Tournament of Roses Parade. Float decorating Key Club members include Hayden Righter, Michaela ...

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Pottery Barn & Martha Stewart Order From Local Tree Farm

NORTH FORK – With Christmas just around the corner, family owned and run Silvertip Tree Farm still has a good selection of silvertip Christmas trees, also known as California Red Fir (Abies Magnifica). Starting this weekend, the prices are deeply discounted for even the freshest of trees. Jim and Gena Hopkins are the proprietors of Silvertip Tree Farm, along with ...

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STI Classifieds Now Available On SierraNewsOnline!

S|N|O is very excited to announce that we have teamed up with Sierra Tel Internet to provide our readers with the most comprehensive classified ads in the mountain area! Thanks to the efforts of Laura Norman at STI, our readers can now peruse hundreds of treasures for sale by local folks, find the perfect boat or bicycle, locate all the ...

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Jean Butterfield Celebrates Her First CD

Acoustic Americana Folk-Grass: Butterfield holds two CD release parties this weekend OAKHURST – Multi-talented singer, songwriter and local musician Jean Butterfield has scheduled two events to mark the release of her first CD, Brothers In Time. Butterfield is a frequent and favorite performer in the mountain area, and has just been nominated as the 2013 Female Vocalist for the Northern ...

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Winners Chosen In Road Naming At Mill Site

Submitted by the NFCDC NORTH FORK – On Sept. 25, the Community Development Council (CDC) launched a contest to name two roads at the mill site. One is the road on which the new fire station is located. The other is a cul-de-sac off of that road. You can see the map below. Sixty submissions were received. In some cases, ...

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Mono Tribe To Pay Chukchansi To Mitigate Impact

MADERA COUNTY – The North Fork Mono Rancheria hopes to break ground on their new casino early next year. The 305-acre project is located adjacent to Highway 99, between Avenue 17 and 18, just north of Madera. Charles Banks-Altekruse, owner of CA Consulting, and Communications Team member for the North Fork Mono Rancheria, addressed a Town Hall meeting in Oakhurst ...

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Win A Cord Of Wood – Support The Library

NORTH FORK – Raffle tickets are now on sale for a cord of wood, with proceeds going to help support the North Fork Friends of the Library (FOL). Tickets for the wood, which was donated by Rob Russell, can be purchased at the library, and will also be on sale at the Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 1 at the North ...

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Biomass Project Moves Forward In North Fork

NORTH FORK – The North Fork Community Development Council is working with a project team to develop a small combined heat and power generation facility at the North Fork Mill Site. The project is a strategic step to produce green energy and develop economic uses for forest biomass material generated as a result of forest management and hazardous fuels treatment ...

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