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Head Start Program Taking Applications for 2020-2021 School Year

MOUNTAIN AREA — The Madera/Mariposa Regional Head Start preschool program is currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Mountain Head Start in North Fork offers a full day program of six hours. Oakhurst Head Start offers a 3.5 hour afternoon program. Head Start provides a free, comprehensive, high-quality preschool program designed to foster healthy development for income eligible children ...

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New Cell Tower, Better Phone Service Coming to Oakhurst?

MADERA — The Madera County Planning Commission is set to review a request tomorrow (March 3) from a local company that wants to construct a new, 149-foot-tall “monopole” cell tower in Oakhurst. In their application to the County, the project proponent says the new tower would dramatically improve cell phone service in Oakhurst and surrounding areas. “The proposed installation of ...

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YHS Wrestlers are D-5 Champs; Move on to Grand Masters

By Gregg Dodderidge OAKHURST — Two Yosemite High School wrestlers, 115 lb. junior Peter (PJ) Kuzmitski and 154 lb. junior Nicolas Guynn, both battled to first place finishes in the CIF Central Section Division 5 Championship Tournament at Golden West High in Visalia on Feb. 14-15. Guynn also was voted Upper Weight Outstanding Wrestler by the Division’s head coaches. The ...

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Badger Girls Finish in 3-Way Tie for NSL Hoops Title

By Gregg Dodderidge OAKHURST — The Badger Varsity Girls Basketball program are adding another North Sequoia League title banner to an already crowded wall in the Badger Gym. This year the banner will read co-NSL champs — as YHS wound up in a three-way tie with Kerman and Washington Union. The Badgers, led by head coach Gary Blate, have won ...

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Hwy 41 Construction: CHP Outlines Three-Way Stop Etiquette

OAKHURST — With the construction project tied to replacing Oakhurst’s main sewer line underway — and the intersection of Highways 41 and 49 currently operating as a three-way stop — the Oakhurst California Highway Patrol office reports that the agency has been fielding a lot of questions lately regarding “who has the right of way at a three-way stop?” So ...

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Community Gets Preview of New $25M Oakhurst College Center

OAKHURST —  The community got a preview of the new $25 million Oakhurst Community College Center at a public forum this week in Oakhurst. Darin Soukup, Oakhurst Community College Center director, and project architect Paul Halajian were both on hand at the meeting to provide updates and answer questions from community members about progress on the project. Halajian also brought ...

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Drowning in Debt, McClatchy Files for Bankruptcy

SACRAMENTO — McClatchy Co., the country’s second-largest news company and owner of the Fresno Bee and Sierra Star, announced Thursday it has filed for bankruptcy. The company said Thursday morning its Chapter 11 filing would remove 60 percent of its debt and help direct the organization transition toward a digital future. “While this is obviously a sad milestone after 163 ...

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Oakhurst Submits Entry in HGTV Hometown Makeover Contest

OAKHURST — Not to be outdone by its sister community in North Fork, some Oakhurst residents joined together this past week to produce their own video entry for HGTV’s “Hometown Takeover” contest — which is offering to totally remake one small U.S. town. Oakhurst’s video, which includes pictures of older business storefronts as well as nature scenes from Yosemite and ...

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Arrest Made in 2019 Commercial Burglary Investigation

OAKHURST — An arrest has been made in a month’s-long commercial burglary investigation centering around the theft of a chainsaw last October from True Value Hardware. On October 9, 2019, a man was captured on surveillance video walking into Bryant’s True Value in Oakhurst during regular business hours and stealing a 36-inch Stihl chainsaw. The chainsaw was worth more than ...

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Firefighters Douse Two Structure Fires in Oakhurst

OAKHURST — Two fire calls within a matter of minutes Friday afternoon taxed CAL FIRE resources as firefighters in multiple engines responded to a large blaze off Highway 49 and a smaller fire along Road 423. The larger fire call came in just after 1:30 p.m. That fire, at a residence off Highway 49 and Covey Court near Sierra Pines ...

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