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Madera County Sheriff’s Log Through Apr. 7

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Apr. 1 to Sunday, Apr. 7, 2019. Oakhurst burglary On Tuesday, Apr. 2 at 10 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to the 48000 block of Liberty Drive regarding a burglary report. A report was written and the case was closed. Oakhurst harassment ...

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Public Passover Seder To Be Held In North Fork

NORTH FORK — Call it Passover in the pines. For two nights next week, Rabbi Shlomo Menkes and his wife Aliza plan to preside over public Passover seders at their 92-acre retreat in North Fork. “These will be the first public seders in our area in at least 10 or 15 years,” Menkes says. “They could be the first ever.” ...

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Reforestation Program Begins On SNF, Seedlings Available

NORTH FORK – The Bass Lake Ranger District is set to begin its 2019 reforestation program. During the next two months, contract and Forest Service crews will be planting approximately 500 acres focusing on the areas of the 2014 French and Courtney Fires. Approximately 200 to 320 seedlings per acre will be planted, totaling up to 120,000 on the district ...

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Cal Fire Inspectors Checking Homes For Defensible Space

MARIPOSA – Recent rains and warm sunshine has fueled recent vegetation growth. The fire season is fast approaching and if vegetation is not managed it can create hazardous conditions for wildfire. Cal Fire’s Defensible Space Inspectors (DSI) are visiting homes within the State Responsibility Area (SRA) to enforce the Defensible Space code, Public Resource Code (PRC) 4291. It requires residents ...

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School Seeks Prom Wear For Angel’s Closet

OAKHURST — Yosemite High School is gearing up for Junior/Senior Prom 2019 and organizers are hoping the community can take a collective look in its closets to see if anything is suitable for students to wear. Prom clothes are expensive, as are senior years in public schools. With expenses varying from the cost of school trips, to special tests, and ...

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60th Annual Loggers Jamboree Royalty Contestants

NORTH FORK – The North Fork Boosters held their kick-off dinner and dance for the 60th annual Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree on Saturday, Apr. 6, highlighted by the announcement of this year’s candidates for Jamboree Queen, Little Princess and Little Logger. Ten young people, ranging in age from 2-1/2 to 15, will compete for the three honors. The candidate who sells ...

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Celebrate Earth Day In The Exact Center Of California

NORTH FORK — Looking for something fun and educational to do with the family to celebrate the arrival of spring? The community of North Fork will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Old Mill Site. Admission is free. “Come to the exact center of California to learn how to keep our ...

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MCAlert To Conduct May Day Emergency Alert Test

MADERA – If you have not yet signed up to be notified in the event of a fire, flood or other emergency, now is the time to register. It is free and it’s important, not only for your safety but for the safety of first responders. On Wednesday, May 1, at around 10 a.m., Madera County’s Emergency Alert System (MCAlert) ...

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PG&E Bankruptcy Stalls North Fork Biomass Project

NORTH FORK — PG&E’s bankruptcy has stalled construction of a new biomass plant, a key component in a plan to boost the local economy. “Right now, we’re in a holding pattern,” said North Fork Community Development Council (CDC) President Dan Rosenberg. Rosenberg has been working on the project for seven years. “I used to tell people we’d be operational by ...

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Meet Photographer Michael Olwyler At Public Coffee House

Written by Cassandra Hepburn-Callis – NORTH FORK – Michael Olwyler will be showcasing his photos from his travels around the world called “Steward the Enviroment for Children” at Public Coffee House on Tuesday, Apr. 9, from 2 to 5 p.m. Michael Olwyler has been a steward of the environment in the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and for ...

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