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Wheeler: Hike in TOT Could Fund New Fire Reduction District

MADERA — Supervisor Tom Wheeler is promoting a proposal which he says could help provide local home owners some relief from sky-high insurance costs. The plan, Wheeler adds, could also help reduce fire risk. The proposal comes at a time when many in the mountain community are struggling to pay for and maintain homeowners’ insurance — and concern is only ...

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Continuance Granted for NF Man Charged in Lee Homicide

MADERA — The 47-year-old North Fork man charged with homicide in the death of prominent Mono tribal elder Gaylen Lee made another appearance in Madera County Superior Court on Tuesday (Oct. 30) morning. Robert Eugene Moye Jr. appeared this morning before visiting Judge Josh M. Fredricks in Department 22. Handcuffed and shackled, Moye was dressed in a yellow and white ...

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22nd Annual Tarantula Festival Connects Community with Arachnids

By Sarah Jackson Special to Sierra News Online COARSEGOLD — The 22nd Annual Tarantula Festival, held this past weekend at the Historic Village, featured a day of fun, food and fuzzy spiders. Hosting the wholesome, educational community event seems to be a labor of love for Coarsegold Historic Village owner Diane Boland. “The kids here today are the children of ...

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Accident Involving Falling Tree Claims Lives of YLP Couple

BASS LAKE — A couple from Yosemite Lakes Park were killed Sunday night in a single-vehicle traffic accident after their 2003 Jeep was reportedly struck by a falling tree on Beasore Road and then crashed down a steep embankment. The couple, identified as Edward and Marie I. Poulson, reportedly went out for a drive Sunday evening. Their son, who lives ...

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Leaf Peeping in Lundy Canyon

Trees were showing off their fall colors on the eastern side of the Sierra but it wouldn’t last long. I headed to Lundy Canyon to check out the aspens before forecasted winds stole the show away. Where: Inyo National Forest, Hoover Wilderness Elevation Range: 7,800′ Date: July 9, 2017 Maps: Big Alkali, Buckeye Ridge, Falls Ridge and June Lake Topographic ...

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New $25M Oakhurst Campus Still ‘On Track’ to Open in 2022

OAKHURST — A small billboard just off Highway 49 is actually a sign of something huge about to happen on a quiet hillside just up the road. Call it a sign of the times — the single-most expensive public project in Oakhurst’s history — the new Oakhurst Community College Center campus — will soon start transforming a patch of prime ...

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Local Actress Shines in Hawaii Five-O Episode

NORTH FORK — Book it Dano! A local actress with a Hollywood-famous last name just filmed an episode of a popular television show on world-famous Waikiki Beach. Actress Cassandra Hepburn, a North Fork resident, just wrapped up shooting an episode of the popular television series Hawaii Five-O. Hepburn was a guest star in Episode 10 of the current season (Season ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Haunted Architecture – Part II

The Moana Hotel in 1908

By Sal Maccarone Through the ages mankind has always had a fascination with the reconfiguring of landscape. For example, what once was the Isthmus of Panama is now the Panama Canal, what once was a desert in Nevada is now Las Vegas, and what once was a swampland in Hawaii is now the very famous Waikiki Beach. Waikiki, in Honolulu, ...

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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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