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The Story Behind New Picnic Benches At Local School

By Kathleen Murphy — OAKHURST — “These picnic tables are huge!” exclaim dozens of kindergarten students at Oakhurst Elementary School. The students are enjoying their new playground picnic tables purchased by the Oakhurst Elementary Parent/Teacher Club (PTC). “We love our new picnic tables,” shares kindergarten teacher Karen Forbes. “The students use them for morning snack time and to chat with their ...

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Lisa’s List: Three Things To Do With Fireplace Ashes

“A pattern can be called a pattern only if it has been applied to a real world solution at least three times,” according to the rule of three. The power of three is universal, representing body, mind and soul. From three piece suits to tricycles and BLTs, wonderful things come in threes. And, as it turns out, if you try something three times ...

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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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Free Sierra Foothill Classical Concerts

OAKHURST — Calling all lovers of classical music for two concerts by local musicians: one in Clovis and one right here in the foothills. Pick your pleasure. Presented by the Sierra Foothill Composers’ Co-operative, the concerts will each feature the music of Vivaldi, Quantz, Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Dvořák, and local composer Barbara Ulman. On Saturday, Jan. 26 presents a concert at ...

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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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Yosemite High Wrestling: Dinuba Invitational Results

OAKHURST — Already this month, Yosemite High School (YHS) students on the wrestling team have competed in the Dinuba Invitational, a 4 way dual, and the Westside Invitational. Now, YHS wrestling provides an update, courtesy of wrestling Booster, Anne Guynn: Dinuba Invitational Eight Yosemite High School wrestlers competed Friday, Jan. 5, at the Dinuba Invitational, with three advancing to Saturday. ...

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Dowling Digs Into Roots Guitar At Coolwater

AHWAHNEE — Coolwater Ranch and the Redwoods kick off their 2019 concert series with guitarist extraordinaire Mike Dowling, on Friday, Jan. 18. Mike digs deep into the musical bag of American roots guitar, favoring the melodic Piedmont style of acoustic blues masters like Mississippi John Hurt and slide great Tampa Red. This artist can’t be pigeonholed as a blues player, ...

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Helping One Woman (HOW) Dinner Honors Tina Sexton

OAKHURST — The nonprofit Helping One Woman (HOW) will gather for the first time in the new year to honor Tina Sexton at Plazuelas Mexican Restaurant in Oakhurst, starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. Tina is a hard-working, vibrant mom of six, with two of her children married and four still at home, say HOW organizers. She was ...

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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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