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Madera, Mariposa and Merced Counties Burn Suspension Lifted

MARIPOSA – Effective Monday, November 23, 2020 at 8:00 am the burn suspension in Madera, Mariposa and Merced Counties will be lifted. CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit Chief Mike van Loben Sels is formally cancelling the burn suspension and advises that those possessing current and valid residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissive burn days. Burn permits will be ...

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YHS Girls Basketball Star Jenna Kurz Signs with Fresno Pacific

OAKHURST – Yosemite Badgers Girls Basketball player Jenna Kurz, class of 2021, signs her letter of intent to play basketball at Fresno Pacific University (FPU) with her proud parents Cari and Eric Kurz. Jenna averaged 23.6 points a game last season as one of the top scorers in the CIF Central Section (121 schools). Jenna’s season point total of 733 ...

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Madera County Fire Department Awarded Grant for New Emergency Response Equipment

MADERA COUNTY – The Madera County Fire Department was awarded a $74,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for new extrication equipment. Known as the “jaws of life,” first responders use these specialized tools to reach crash victims trapped inside a vehicle. So far this year, Madera County Fire has responded to 22 crashes in which extrication ...

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Yosemite Football Virtual Badger Card App

OAKHURST – Yosemite Football Boosters (YFB) are excited to introduce the virtual Badger Card App to our Mountain Area Community! Unlike the previous plastic cards that our boys sold in person, this year’s $20 card is easily downloaded onto a smart phone. Simply download the Zurly app from the App Store or Google Play Store and follow the directions. Currently, ...

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Fundraiser for Kalel

AHWAHNEE  – Calling on all community members to come out Saturday Nov. 14 from 11 am to 4 pm (rain or shine) to support Kalel. 7-year-old Kalel has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  Duchenne is a rare fatal muscle wasting disease that currently does not have a cure, but we have been pursuing therapies that we think will preserve our son’s muscles ...

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Oakhurst Midtown Connector Project Breaks Ground

OAKHURST – The Oakhurst Midtown Connector project will construct a new roadway connecting from SR 41 (near Teddy Bear Lane) to Indian Springs Road off of School Road. The project is expected to start construction this month with an expected completion date of December 2021. The construction will include a new bridge over Nelder Creek and installation of a traffic ...

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Thanks to the EMCSPCA, Lucky is One Lucky Dog!

Image of Lucky the dog in front of the vet's office.

OAKHURST — Although we have seen a low incidence of positive COVID-19 cases among Eastern Madera County residents, the pandemic has undoubtedly had a negative effect on everyone. Then came the Creek Fire with evacuations and devastation to many areas. One thing for sure, 2020 has not been easy! Due to concerns for their volunteers and supporters, all of the ...

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Grand Re-Opening Today for Grace Community Thrift Store

Image of the front of Grace Community Church and thrift store.

NORTH FORK — Grace Community Thrift Store would like to thank the North Fork community for the tremendous support you have given them over the years. After necessary utilities are paid, every penny derived from the thrift shop is returned to the community in some way. Everyone on their staff is a volunteer. Join them for their grand reopening today, Thursday, ...

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PG&E Installs More Than 300 Weather Stations and 130 Fire Watch Cameras So Far in 2020; More Planned Before End of Year

SAN FRANCISCO — A rapidly growing network of weather stations and high definition cameras across High-Fire Threat Districts provide Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) meteorologists and analysts, weather-watchers and first responders with detailed, real-time information that’s crucial during California’s wildfire season. So far in 2020, PG&E has added 300 weather stations and 137 fire watch cameras this year as it ...

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