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Bond Sale Still Stalling North Fork Biomass Project

NORTH FORK — Construction of a long-awaited biomass plant remains on hold as project proponents continue to grapple with financing issues related to PG&E’s bankruptcy. “We’re in no better or worse shape than we were several months ago,” said Greg Stangl, CEO of Phoenix Energy, one of the project’s developers along with the North Fork Community Development Council (CDC). The ...

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County: North Fork Roundabout to Open Before Thanksgiving

NORTH FORK — The future is coming to North Fork in a “round about” way. Construction of Madera County’s first public roundabout is on schedule and set to be finished later next month, according to Ahmad Alkhayyat, Madera County’s director of public works. “The currently expected completion date is prior to Thanksgiving, with the final traffic pattern going into effect ...

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Yosemite High Cross Country Runner Breaking Records

OAKHURST — In just her first season of high school competition, Clover Cicoletti, a sophomore at Yosemite High School, is dashing her way to the top of the Central California cross country world. Clover, 15, whose family lives in North Fork, may be a newcomer to cross country but she has attracted a lot of attention at races across the ...

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Iconic Oakhurst Saloon Reopens as Snow Line Country Bar

OAKHURST –The Snow Line, one of the area’s most storied watering holes, has reopened. The tequila has been flowing since mid-September, says owner Jennifer McMillan, who purchased the iconic bar and grill property a year ago after it had been shuttered for a number of years. McMillan has rehabbed the Snow Line as an upscale country bar, complete with live ...

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Chili Cook Off Spices Up Bandit Town

NORTH FORK — The North Fork Women’s Club held their annual chili cook off Saturday at Bandit Town — and the competition was hot and spicy. “We had 11 entrants this year in the chili competition. It’s one of our biggest cook offs ever,” said Vicki Young, whose been involved with the North Fork Women’s Club for more than a ...

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Chukchansi Pow Wow Energizes Coarsegold’s Historic Village

COARSEGOLD – The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians’ annual pow wow is expected to draw almost 500 participants — and thousands of visitors — to Coarsegold’s Historic Village this weekend. Tribal culture in all of its artistry, tradition and ceremonial splendor is on full display throughout the Historic Village during the annual three-day event (Oct. 11-13). The popular pow wow ...

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Jeremiah Stott of North Fork’s Troop 357 Earns Eagle Scout

Jeremiah Stott, our newest Eagle Scout.

NORTH FORK — Jeremiah Stott received his Eagle Scout award at a ceremony held Sept. 8 at Hillside Baptist Church.  The Sunday event was attended by family, friends, North Fork Lions Club members, District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler, troop members and Sequoia Boy Scout council officials. Jeremiah, a junior at Minarets High School, is actively involved in both football and ...

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Briceburg Firefight Lasts Into the Night

MARIPOSA COUNTY– A 30-acre brush fire that started along Highway 140 Sunday afternoon has now charred more than 4,400 acres and is only ten percent contained, according to the latest report from CAL FIRE, issued Wednesday afternoon. From all fronts, nearly 1000 fire personnel continue the firefight — day and night. Steven Ward, a CAL FIRE spokesman, explained how backfire ...

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Yosemite Audubon is Offering a Field Trip to the Wawona Loop Trail

YOSEMITE — The Wawona Loop Trail is wide and relatively easy to walk – 3.5 miles that meanders around the margin of the meadow from the Wawona Hotel and across the golf course. You will likely see an array of woodpeckers and meadow birds, and perhaps some uncommon birds at the end of the migration season. Bring binoculars, lunch, snacks, ...

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Hodges to Compete Next Month at Timbersports World Championships in Prague

NORTH FORK — Local lumberjack Nate Hodges will compete next month in the 2019 Stihl Timbersports World Championships. The event, which takes place Nov. 1-2 in Prague, Czech Republic, brings together more than 100 of the world’s best timbersport athletes from nearly two dozen countries. Hodges, 35, is a local lumberjack legend who has won the North Fork Loggers Jamboree ...

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