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Boat Registration Stickers Now Available At Bass Lake Businesses

BASS LAKE – Things just got easier for boaters on Bass Lake. As we reported back in April, the 2016 boat registration stickers are no longer being sold at the Sheriff’s “Island” Office and no boats will be registered by Sheriff’s personnel as had been done in the past. Stickers are now available for purchase at three new locations. Miller’s ...

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Tioga Road In Yosemite Set To Reopen For Season

YOSEMITE — The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will open for all vehicular traffic tomorrow, Wednesday, May 18, at noon. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada. “We would like to thank all of our road crews, as well as our partners in Mono County and ...

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New Hope For Slim’s Koffee Shak

OAKHURST — On Friday, May 13, we heard that Slim’s Koffee Shak would close its doors in two locations following news that an investor deal for expansion had fallen through. The community reacted swiftly, sharing the story with uplifting comments and positive feedback online, on social media, and over koffee. On Saturday, a friend approached Slim’s owner Scott Marsh and, ...

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If Your Boys Aren’t Scouts, They’re Missing Out

Submitted by Dave Smith —  NORTH FORK — North Fork Scout Troop 357 has been busy throughout this winter and spring. Along with weekly meetings where Scouts practice various skills such as first aid, fire building, and map and compass, the Scouts have participated in a number of weekend events. In January, the troop spent an afternoon at Boomers! in ...

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Consumers, Empower Yourselves!

Written by Virginia Eaton — Warning: I’m feeling the need to rant and rave! If you aren’t in the mood to hear me vent my frustration with the medical community, then you may want to skip this week’s blog and tune in next week when steam isn’t coming out of my ears. Just this week, I’ve had a number of ...

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Supervisors Fire Back At Bill Aimed At Mono Casino Project

MADERA COUNTY — After a dozen years of planning and court battles, the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians are once again the target of actions that could jeopardize progress on their Class III casino, planned for 305 acres of land near Madera, and County Supervisors are mad. H.R. 5079, which was introduced on Apr. 27 in the U.S. House ...

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Experience Is The Teacher: YUSD Alt Ed Students Job Shadow

Written by Rhonda Corippo — OAKHURST — “Can you pick us up late? We want to see a surgery.” These words aren’t typical of what you would hear during the school day but, on Wednesday, May 11, the students in Yosemite Unified School District Alternative Ed programs were saying this and more. Thanks to Oakhurst Rotary and Dr. Robert Brosi’s ...

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Becoming A MADSAR Team Member – It’s All About Service

MADERA COUNTY — Madera County residents can now welcome more than two dozen new volunteers to the ranks of those who are ready, willing and very able to respond to Search & Rescue missions. Twenty-nine individuals completed the arduous four-month training to become Madera County Search & Rescue (MADSAR) team members, and proved their mettle on Saturday in a mock ...

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Beth Pratt-Bergrstrom On “People And Wildlife Working It Out”

MARIPOSA — The National Wildlife Federation’s California Director, Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, will be signing copies of her new book, “When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working it Out in California,” on Thursday, May 19 at a special reception at Savoury’s Restaurant in Mariposa from 5-7 p.m. Pratt-Bergstrom, a long-time Midpines resident, has worked in environmental leadership roles for over ...

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Cascadel Keeps Its Sense Of Humor

Written by Joanne Freemire —  NORTH FORK — With a 90 percent die-off of Ponderosa Pines and PG&E sub-contractors hard at work felling those that threaten power lines, my Cascadel Woods home feels and sounds more like a lumber mill operation than a residential community – chainsaws whining, huge pines crashing down, chippers and splitters roaring, burn piles smoking, and ...

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