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County Seeking Name for Future Regional Park at Manzanita Lake

NORTH FORK — On Friday (Feb. 21), Madera County took ownership of approximately 140 acres just north of Manzanita Lake. The heavily forested land, which had been owned by PG&E, will be developed into a regional park. “We are currently seeking suggestions on a name for the new park. If you have a good suggestion, email the name to: PIT@MaderaCounty.com,” ...

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North Fork Native Now International Cultural Activist

NORTH FORK — North Fork native Amy Inman (NFS class of 1993 and Sierra High class of 1997) has become an international mover and shaker. Amy moved to the picturesque Cinque Terre region in northwest Italy in 2003, married a local in 2009 and started her family in 2011. In her 17 years as an expat she has become an ...

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PG&E Donating Manzanita Lake Land for New County Recreation Area

NORTH FORK — Madera County will officially take ownership next week of a 140-acre parcel just north of Manzanita Lake. The densely thicketed forestland is being donated to the county by PG&E as part of a more-than-decade-old settlement tied to the utility’s 2004 bankruptcy filing. Madera County officials say they are grateful for the gift and now plan to develop ...

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High Winds Wreak Havoc Sunday in North Fork

NORTH FORK — Near-hurricane force winds blew through North Fork and surrounding areas Sunday morning. The fierce wind gusts, estimated to be as strong as 70 to 75 miles per hour, downed power lines, uprooted trees and caused “all kinds of chaos,” according to one first responder. Fallen tree limbs — and in some cases entire trees — blocked a ...

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North Fork Auditions for HGTV’s ‘Hometown Makeover’

By Sarah Rah NORTH FORK — “We love North Fork!” echoed across Downtown North Fork on February 3. The town is auditioning for a spot on HGTV’s Hometown Makeover show, competing against hundreds of other small towns across America. Recently, Rhonda Salisbury, CEO of Visit Yosemite/Madera County Visitors Bureau, took the first step to apply for the audition. According to ...

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French Fire Reforestation Project Wraps Up Near NF

NORTH FORK — After more than three years, work is wrapping up on a project to reforest thousands of acres scorched by 2014’s French Fire. “The French Fire reforestation project ends but the work continues,” according to officials at the Yosemite Sequoia Resource Conservation and Development Council, which has guided the reforestation effort. The nonprofit organization, which serves Fresno, Madera, ...

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$15M Biomass Project Shifts into High Gear in North Fork

NORTH FORK — Project proponents say plans are quickly moving forward and construction of North Fork’s long-anticipated, new 2-megawatt biomass plant should get underway “sometime this spring.” Project coordinator Greg Stangl, CEO of Phoenix Energy, confirmed this week his team is having meetings with “all the major vendors” in the next few weeks. “At the end of next week, I’ll ...

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Home Surveillance System Helps Nab Burglary Suspects

OAKHURST — Two local burglary suspects were apprehended late last week with the aid of an alert home owner — and their home surveillance system. The incident, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, began Thursday (Jan. 30) shortly before 9 a.m. when the Sheriff’s Communication Center received a call for service for an in-progress residential burglary in the 48000 ...

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Madera South Wins 2020 County Academic Decathlon

MADERA — For the first time in county Academic Decathlon history, the student team from Madera South High captured the championship at the 38th Madera County Academic Decathlon, held Saturday in Madera. With the victory, Madera South, which hosted this year’s event, advances to the state competition March 27-29. Seven schools took part in Saturday’s 10-event competition, answering questions based ...

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New Club Wants to Help Axe Rare Disease, Save Local Boy

OAKHURST — Yosemite Axe Throwing and the Hamilton family are hosting a fundraiser on Feb. 9 to help save the life of seven-year-old Kalel Hamilton. Kalel, who lives in Ahwahnee, suffers from a terminal muscle wasting disease known as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. His father Rick’s marathon-running efforts to help raise funding for Duchenne MD research was featured in a recent ...

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