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Fire Destroys Motorhome, Closes Road 222, No Driver Found

NORTH FORK — A fire that burned a motorhome to the ground and closed Road 222 has left investigators perplexed as to what happened to the occupants. Just before 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, firefighters responded to reports of a motorhome on fire on Road 222 a couple miles north of Kerkoff Reservoir. When engines arrived on scene, they ...

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Firefighters Knock Down Escaped Burn In Cascadel

NORTH FORK – A property owner who has been working hard to do the right thing and get her land cleared of the nearly 100 percent tree mortality, did the right thing again when she called for firefighters after a burn pile got away. A resident on Cascadel Drive had hired a crew to clear her property, but when she ...

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Help Send A Local Kid To Science Camp

OAKHURST – Do you remember the first time you ever stepped into the forest and squinted up through tall trees into golden sierra sunlight? That’s the kind of memory that many kids will take away from the planned 6th grade outdoor science camp field trip for students in the Bass Lake School District, and organizers are seeking the community’s help ...

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Crash In North Fork Blocks Road 225

NORTH FORK — What was apparently bad blood between two North Fork residents ended in a three-vehicle crash in front of the mill compound this morning. Just before 8 a.m., two men who reportedly have a history of problems between them, encountered one another at the Gas ‘n Stuff. They both left in their separate vehicles, one in an orange ...

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Forest Service Recruits Miami Mountain Lookouts

MOUNTAIN AREA – From atop the mountain perch overlooking a vast expanse of green, eyes are carefully trained to spot the early tell-tale signs of forest fire. A wisp of smoke triggers a series of actions that can mean the difference between safety and catastrophe. In the relative safety of winter, recruitment begins for a new crop of Forest Service ...

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Sheriff’s Crime Log Through Feb. 21

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Sunday, Feb. 14 to Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016: Oakhurst vandalism On Sunday, Feb. 14 at 1:03 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to a vandalism in the 48000 block of River Park Road. An investigation was completed and it was determined that a suspect ...

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Hiking the Pa’san Ridge Trail

Poppies and other colorful wildflowers were starting to come alive with our recent warm spell and we couldn’t wait to see if we could spot some. I just love poppies! Where: BLM, San Joaquin River Gorge Special Recreation Management Area Distance: 7.72 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate, depending on how far you go Elevation Range: 636′ to 1,861′ Date: February 15, ...

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How Safe Is Your Home?

MOUNTAIN AREA — If you’re like most people, you spend countless hours and untold dollars taking care of your home. After all, it’s your castle. You want your castle to be beautiful on the outside and on the inside, so you do your best to maintain the property through thick and thin. It’s a big investment of time and cash, ...

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Volunteer Campground Host Sought For Nelder Grove

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — The Sierra National Forest, Bass Lake Ranger District is seeking enthusiastic volunteer candidates to fill the position as campground host volunteer for Nelder Grove Campground. The volunteer would start the week before Memorial Day and work through end of September. The volunteer is expected to work on weekends and holidays and will be required to reside ...

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Minarets’ Marvelous Marching Band

Written by Nick Hunt O’NEALS — The Minarets High School Marching Band is unique from other high school bands because the percussion is student-led, meaning that we students get to choose and make our own cadences (songs). When we make our own songs or choose what to play, the entire percussion group gets to take part in choosing, rather than ...

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