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PG&E, National Weather Service Monitoring Storm Conditions for Sierra

Ponderosa trees covered in snow

OAKHURST – Winter weather is making its way toward California and Eastern Madera County. Mountain community residents are urged to prepare for possible power outages and travel delays. In a press release dated November 17th, PG&E announced they are “monitoring a mid-week potentially strong offshore wind event” that “could prompt a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) for customers in Sierra ...

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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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Minarets Student Builds Fully Adjustable Welding Booths

Senior Hunter Ahrens working on the welding booths.

MINARETS — The Minarets Ag Shop is now the proud owner of a new group of custom-made welding booths courtesy of a student at the school. Senior Hunter Ahrens is a four-year participant of the Ag Mechanics program and he has just completed a year and a half of work on something he’s very passionate about. Last year, mechanics teacher ...

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Minarets Glissaders Hike to Eagle Lake

Minarets Glissaders wa-a-a-y up on top of the mountain!

By Joseph Langley and Autumn Pecarovich MINARETS — Huffing and puffing, lugging all of their equipment, the Minarets Glissaders club triumphantly reached Eagle Lake on Friday, Oct. 4. The Glissaders conquered a 2,500-foot ascent in 3.6 miles, through a winding trail full of switchbacks, ending in a final rocky scramble. They stayed at the campsite for two nights, leaving the ...

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Minarets Volleyball Plays in Nike Tournament of Champions in AZ

Minarets Varsity Volleyball Team

By Katelynn Hough (student journalist at Minarets High School) MINARETS — The Minarets Varsity Volleyball team left on Oct. 2 for their five day trip to attend the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Arizona. The team was invited last Spring to attend the tournament and had been fundraising and preparing for eight months. The team left at 4 p.m. ...

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Traffic Accident, Fuel Spill Snarls Traffic on Hwy 41

O’NEALS — A collision between a tanker truck and a Jeep on Highway 41 resulted in a hazardous fuel spill — and a multi-hour road closure and detour for motorists traveling on Highway 41. The accident, which occurred shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, snarled traffic, with backups reportedly stretching for miles in both directions along the detour route. According ...

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Ponderosa Seeks Local Art For 2020 Directory

Ponderosa trees covered in snow

Tell Us Your Story! Calling all photographers and artists! This is your chance to showcase your work to thousands of people. Ponderosa is on the hunt for the perfect image to grace their 2020 directory cover. The family-owned company, which has been in business for more than 100 years, is seeking images that reflect current rural life in the Sierra ...

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Senator Borgeas’ Office Mobile District Hours

OAKHURST — Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno) is hosting mobile district office hours by assigning a representative to make an appearance at the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce. Mobile District Offices provide expanded constituent services to those who reside in the 8th Senate District. Constituents will be able to meet directly with district staff for assistance regarding the state government or ...

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Sierra Digital Marketing Delivers News And More To EMC

MOUNTAIN AREA — Sierra News Online (SNO) is pleased to announce the inauguration and implementation of our new and state-of-the-art information delivery service — one that will provide the latest breaking news as well as local advertising to the residents of Eastern Madera County. Through an exclusive licensing agreement with Community Digital, Inc. of Mariposa (CDI), this new subsidiary company ...

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