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Power Outage Ends in Parts of Oakhurst, Enters Day 2 in North Fork

MOUNTAIN AREA — With power slowly returning to parts of eastern Madera County, including sections of Oakhurst and Yosemite Lakes Park, area residents remained confused as to whether another Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) may occur Tuesday — with high winds predicted and PG&E warning it may have to pull the plug again. Meanwhile, areas hit by high winds Sunday ...

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‘Public Safety Power Shutoff’ Hits Eastern Madera County

By Sarah Jackson Special to Sierra News Online MOUNTAIN AREA — Shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday, PG&E began powering off eastern Madera County. PG&E customers from North Fork to Oakhurst to Yosemite Lakes Park began reporting their power was out between 1:30 and 1:45 p.m. According to PG&E’s website, as many as 16,675 PG&E customers around eastern Madera County could ...

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Local Actress Shines in Hawaii Five-O Episode

NORTH FORK — Book it Dano! A local actress with a Hollywood-famous last name just filmed an episode of a popular television show on world-famous Waikiki Beach. Actress Cassandra Hepburn, a North Fork resident, just wrapped up shooting an episode of the popular television series Hawaii Five-O. Hepburn was a guest star in Episode 10 of the current season (Season ...

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Bond Sale Still Stalling North Fork Biomass Project

NORTH FORK — Construction of a long-awaited biomass plant remains on hold as project proponents continue to grapple with financing issues related to PG&E’s bankruptcy. “We’re in no better or worse shape than we were several months ago,” said Greg Stangl, CEO of Phoenix Energy, one of the project’s developers along with the North Fork Community Development Council (CDC). The ...

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North Fork Boy Scout Troop 357 Has a Very Busy Fall

The Troops at Mono Lake

NORTH FORK — Since returning from Scout summer camp in mid-July, the Scouts of North Fork Boy Scout Troop 357 have had a busy fall. In August, the troop went on a backpacking camping trip to Chain Lakes in the Yosemite wilderness. In September, the troop participated in the Sequoia Council 75th anniversary council camporall. 780 Scouts, Cub Scouts, parents, ...

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County: North Fork Roundabout to Open Before Thanksgiving

NORTH FORK — The future is coming to North Fork in a “round about” way. Construction of Madera County’s first public roundabout is on schedule and set to be finished later next month, according to Ahmad Alkhayyat, Madera County’s director of public works. “The currently expected completion date is prior to Thanksgiving, with the final traffic pattern going into effect ...

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Yosemite High Cross Country Runner Breaking Records

OAKHURST — In just her first season of high school competition, Clover Cicoletti, a sophomore at Yosemite High School, is dashing her way to the top of the Central California cross country world. Clover, 15, whose family lives in North Fork, may be a newcomer to cross country but she has attracted a lot of attention at races across the ...

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Celebration of Life for Albert D. Heath Jr. of North Fork

Albert D. Heath Jr. of North Fork

Albert was born on Christmas morning 1934 in Arizona. He was always proud of that. He passed away on October 3, 2019, after a long illness. Albert was pre-deceased by both his parents, son Joel D. Heath, and step-son Gregory Burhans. Albert is survived by his current wife Kay, former wife Anita and their daughters Sharron of San Diego, Deborah ...

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O’Keefe Pleads Guilty in 2016 Homicide of Bonnie Hale

Rebecca Martinez and Sally Moreno announce today 12 felony counts of voter fraud.

MADERA — Mary O’Keefe has pled guilty in the 2016 murder of well-known North Fork resident Bonnie Hale. On Tuesday, Madera County District Attorney Sally Moreno confirmed the news while appearing before the Madera County Board of Supervisors. “The defendant pled to the homicide as well as a first-degree residential burglary and elder abuse on the victim, Bonnie Hale,” Moreno ...

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Chili Cook Off Spices Up Bandit Town

NORTH FORK — The North Fork Women’s Club held their annual chili cook off Saturday at Bandit Town — and the competition was hot and spicy. “We had 11 entrants this year in the chili competition. It’s one of our biggest cook offs ever,” said Vicki Young, whose been involved with the North Fork Women’s Club for more than a ...

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