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Breathing Through The Smoky Days

When I look out my window and see poor air quality, the smoky haze is made more disheartening by bits of gray ash floating in the air before coming to rest on the ground. The oppressive heat adds insult to already injured lungs and makes moving through my day challenging. The stress of fire, drought and ashy-air is showing in ...

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Library Workshop: Mosquito Awareness

OAKHURST — As part of his commitment to making communities safer, Madera County Vector Control District assistant biologist Trinidad Reyes will present a workshop at the Oakhurst Branch Library. The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, July 28 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Reyes will lead the workshop, with a presentation about the lifestyle and habitats of mosquitoes. The workshop will take place in ...

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Free Wildland Fire Academy At Yosemite Adult School

Submitted by Tony Misner — OAKHURST — Want to work hard, get dirty, and travel across the country in an exhilerating position that’s a meaningful career and not just a job? Here’s an opportunity to become a wildland firefighter — and the classes are free. Yosemite Adult School, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, will be offering two Wildland ...

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Caltrans Postpones Paving Work On Busy Local Highways

MADERA COUNTY — Good news for those who were concerned about anticipated delays on Highway 41 and Highway 49 for the next several weeks — especially with the extended closure of Highway 140 near the El Portal entrance to Yosemite National Park, due to the Ferguson Fire. Caltrans has decided to postpone the previously scheduled paving project. Caltrans, in cooperation ...

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Highway 41 Reopens After Accident, Road 211 Also Cleared

O’NEALS – Highway 41 has reopened in both directions between Road 200 and Road 208 after being closed for over five hours due to an accident and hazmat situation involving a log truck. The road was shut down just after 9 a.m. after the truck crashed off the west side of the road north of the Rocky Cut in what ...

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Deputy Injured Fighting A Fire On Highway 41

O’NEALS – A vegetation fire along Highway 41 in the O’Neals area this morning closed the roadway, forcing traffic onto a detour route, and resulting in the injury of a Sheriff’s deputy. At about 5:19 a.m., reports came in of a fire in the area of Road 406, south of Road 200. The fire was burning on the west side ...

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Loggers Jamboree At North Fork Rec Center This Weekend

NORTH FORK – The annual Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree returns to the North Fork Rec Center this weekend, July 7 and 8. Sponsored by the North Fork Boosters, this is the 59th year for this much-anticipated event, paying tribute to the loggers of times past and those who are still keeping the tradition alive today. “Participants in the Jamboree help us ...

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Axe And You Shall Receive: Minarets Timber Team

O’NEALS — Great news out of Minarets High School and in North Fork, as Precision Axes of Mariposa is sponsoring a team of male and female athletes who will compete in timber as a varsity sport. Right now, they’re getting ready for the Loggers Jamboree. “It’s a reality!” says North Fork resident and Minarets parent Deborah Hough. “We are happy ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Local Log Through July 1

MADERA COUNTY– Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, June 25 to Sunday, July 1, 2018. Oakhurst narcotics via bike stop On Monday, June 25 at 1:20 a.m. a bicycle stop at the intersection of Highway 41 and Golden Oak Loop resulted in the arrest of a local woman for possession of ...

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The History Mystery #65

This month we are featuring not so much a Mystery as a celebration of the past from Christina McDonald. “As the Sierra Mono Museum embarks on a new phase in cultural preservation, let us remember the original ground breaking that took place in the 1970’s. Community members please identify the people in the groundbreaking photo. Let us see who you ...

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