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Winter Storm Warning, Flash Flood Watch Continue

MOUNTAIN AREA — Well into the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 17, storms continue to pound the area with heavy rain and wind in the foothills and snow in the higher country, with the potential for flash flooding in burn scar areas. Flash Flood Watch From 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16 through 10 p.m. Thursday evening.  Flash Flood Watch is in ...

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Brittany Dyer Takes Job As State Director For American Forests

MADERA – Brittany Dyer has been Madera County District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler’s Chief of Staff since Feb. 2014, and is now moving on to serve as California State Director for American Forests. American Forests is a 143-year-old national non-profit based out of Washington D.C. They have completed natural resource projects including reforestation for many years in California but due ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log Through Jan. 13

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Jan. 7 to Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Oakhurst burglary On Monday, Jan. 7 at 8:24 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to the 49000 block of Road 427 in regards to a burglary investigation. Numerous items were stolen from a storage container at ...

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How Will PG&E Bankruptcy Affect Service And Rates?

SAN FRANCISCO – As Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) faces billions of dollars in claims over the California wildfires of 2017 and 2018, the company has announced that they intend to file for bankruptcy. In a statement released today, PG&E says they will file petitions to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on or about Jan. 29. ...

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Tree Mortality Work In Madera County Update Jan. 12

Written by Sarah Bolton – Hello Madera County Residents! Welcome to the Tree Mortality Community Column. Our company, Blue Ridge Services (BRS), is partnering with Madera County to oversee and implement their tree mortality mitigation project. Throughout the life of this project, we have dedicated a lot of time and energy to making sure that our workers and members of ...

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Submit Your Nomination For North Fork Citizen Of The Year

NORTH FORK – For the 40th year running, someone (or two) will join the ranks of past local luminaries when the town of North Fork bestows upon one of its own the title of “Citizen of the Year.” The North Fork Boosters are accepting nominations through Monday, Jan. 28. Anyone can submit a nomination, with a letter expounding the virtues ...

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Jetsetter Mary Lou “Lu Lu” Finley Gets Her Wings (1935 – 2018)

Personality plus! Prettiest girl alive! Human dynamo! That is how Mary Lou (Talbot) Finley – known to most of us as Lu Lu – is best remembered. A talkative and skinny-legged North Fork native, Lu Lu left her childhood home near Manzanita Lake when she earned silver wings from Western Airlines and began traveling the world as a charismatic flight ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log Through Jan. 6

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 to Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. North Fork burglary On Monday, Dec. 31 at 10:24 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to the 54000 block of Pinchot Drive in regards to a delayed burglary investigation. A report was taken. Currently there ...

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How Many Homes Were Sold? Mountain Area Housing Report

By Ed Bailey — In 2018, members of the of Fresno Realtors Association Multiple Listing Services in the Yosemite Gateway Branch sold 554 mountain area homes (single family residential properties), compared to 639 in 2017, at a median price of $304,950, up 13 percent from $280,000 in 2017. Boundaries for the mountain area include Oakhurst, Ahwahnee, Coarsegold, North Fork, Wishon, ...

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Public Meeting On Parks And Trails For Health And Wellness

NORTH FORK – Projects to develop recreational sites, trails and parks in the North Fork community will be presented at a public meeting on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at the North Fork Rancheria Community Center. Everyone is invited to attend and share their ideas on how North Fork can improve the quality of life by developing recreational sites ...

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