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CHP Calls for Safety on Super Bowl Sunday

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — While the National Football League’s top two teams are preparing to battle it out on the field this weekend, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is making its game plan to keep the motoring public safe long after the celebrations have ended. Millions of people will watch the Super Bowl this year, with some attending parties and others ...

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Wildfire Wednesday: Evacuation Plan – Part 1

This is the first in a series of articles SNO will be doing called “Wildfire Wednesday.” To begin, there will be 8 articles presenting “The 12 Step Guide to Help Plan in Advance for Evacuation.” This guide was put together by Katie Hepler and the members of the California Fire Support Group on Facebook. The California Fire Support Group is ...

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Valentine’s Week Event Offerings

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OAKHURST — Could our local venues have squeezed anything more into Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday? If you’ve a mind to celebrate Valentine’s Day (or weekend), you have plenty of places to be able to do that in style. Make your plans now because most of these places will require reservations in place before the event. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Narrow ...

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Veteran Jack Becker Dances on 100th Birthday

Oakhurst – Jack Becker is many things. He’s a Marine through and through. He served during World War II although he saw no action. That changed with the Korean War and the Battle of Chosin in Korea, making him one of the Chosin Frozen. Before his departure from the Oakhurst area, he belonged to Marine Corps League 1121 and loved ...

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Displaced Oakhurst Family Needs Help After Apartment Fire

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OAKHURST — On Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, a structure fire was reported at the Creekside Apartments, located at 49484 Road 426, in Oakhurst. As stated in a previous article, a family of four was displaced. There was much damage to their apartment and personal belongings. The family was being helped by the American Red Cross, who has provided them with ...

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CHP – Age Well, Drive Smart Classes

OAKHURST–The California Highway Patrol in conjunction with VFW Post #8743 offers the second of two senior driving classes, called Age Well, Drive Smart, on Saturday, February 5. A few slots remain for signups. To get your name on the list, contact VFW Post Commander Maryann Enciso at 559/676-6848.  The class is free, but reservations must be made no later than ...

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Bill to Help Rural Residents Escape Wildfires Moves Forward

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Yes, it’s the dreaded word wildfires. I’m sure it feels like the wrong time of year to be talking about wildfires for many people, but for me, it’s a year-round conversation as a reporter for our Mountain Communities. One of my responsibilities is to monitor and report on wildfires and emergencies on social media. Many in our ...

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Virginia Walton Pilegard: Gone Much Too Soon

WISHON — Virginia Walton Pilegard of Wishon, California, passed away January 13, 2022, at the age of 79.  She was born on December 21, 1942, in Fresno, California, to Ralph and Helen Walton and was raised in foothills of Hildreth, California. While working in Jones Store at Beasore Meadows, she met the love of her life, Richard Pilegard, and they ...

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National Weather Service Issues High Wind Warning

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HANFORD — The National Weather Service Hanford Office has issued a Wind Advisory and High Wind Warning for areas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite National Park and the surrounding foothills beginning Friday morning and continuing until Saturday afternoon. This has people’s attention considering it was one year ago almost to the day that our communities experienced a highly destructive Mono Wind ...

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Staying Warm and Safe This Winter

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — We made it! The past two weeks have been very busy with the holiday season and a rare winter storm with very low elevation snow.  There have been traffic collisions, hazards and many disabled vehicles on our roads.  There were also some power outages sprinkled in too.  For me this has meant that I’ve been furiously posting ...

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