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Local Quilters Respond to Call for ‘Protective’ Masks

OAKHURST — Sierra Mountain Quilters wasted no time this past week responding to a call from an area hospital for protective medical masks now so crucial in the battle against COVID-19. Or more precisely — the quilters made masks to protect masks. Last Wednesday (April 1), 190 of these colorful home-sewn cotton masks were collected in front of The Met ...

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Detective Injured in Oakhurst Shooting Out of Hospital

OAKHURST — A Madera County Sheriff’s Office detective has been released from the hospital and is now recovering at home after being injured in a “deputy-involved shooting” Thursday afternoon in Oakhurst. The incident, which shut down a large section of downtown Oakhurst, occurred just after 10 a.m. Thursday morning near the intersection of Highway 41 and Road 426. MCSO Undersheriff ...

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Realtor: Area Home Prices Rise Average 43% Since 2010

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Real estate prices in and around eastern Madera County have continued their slow but steady climb over the past decade, according to Ed Bailey of Ed Bailey Realty in Oakhurst. Between 2010 and 2019, the overall gain in the median price of an area home rose 43 percent, Bailey reported this week. The price tag on properties ...

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COVID-19 Shutters Children’s Museum; Imperils Facility’s Future

OAKHURST — The board of directors of the Children’s Museum of the Sierra has made the decision to close the popular facility in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Given the current health crisis in the world, and in an ongoing effort to curtail the possible spread of coronavirus between people, the Children’s Museum of the Sierra will close until ...

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Oakhurst Wireless Store Burglarized Overnight

OAKHURST — An overnight burglary at a local wireless business shattered the early morning quiet — and the store’s front window. Surveillance cameras captured the crime and now authorities are hoping someone might recognize the thief. In the pre-dawn hours Wednesday morning, Madera County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ryan Lutz responded to the Oakhurst Verizon Wireless store regarding a report of ...

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Yosemite High Closed Friday for ‘Deep Cleaning’

OAKHURST — Yosemite Unified School District Superintendent Glen Billington announced late Thursday that Yosemite High will be closed Friday (March 13) after a school employee developed flu-like symptoms. Billington said the closure would likely last just “one day” and explained the action was being taken “out of an abundance of caution.” “Based on information received today and a recommendation from ...

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Speedy Response by Sheriff’s Office Saves Local Man’s Life

OAKHURST — A swift, skilled response by a deputy and corporal from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office saved the life of a local diner Wednesday night. Around 7 p.m. last night, Madera County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an Oakhurst restaurant to assist a male subject complaining of chest pain. MCSO Corporal Chris Williams and Deputy Ryan Vermeulen responded to ...

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Oakhurst Senior Named CHP ‘Volunteer of Year’

MOUNTAIN AREA — On Thursday (March 5), the offices — and officers — of CHP Central Division came together to celebrate its annual Employee Appreciation Day. The Oakhurst Area CHP would like to congratulate the following 2019 employees of the year: Officer of the Year – Tyler Long Professional Staff – Dave Flint Senior Volunteer of the Year – Nancy ...

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