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Can You Help Find This Painting?

Submitted by Oakhurst neighbors Mr. and Mrs. White We were devastated to have our Oakhurst storage lockers plundered twice within a few days, in August, 2015. Although the burglar — a drug-addicted repeat offender — was soon apprehended, the sense of violation and loss continues to haunt us, especially since very few of our possessions were recovered. The most shocking ...

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Local Schools Win County Math Tournament

COUNTY – Coarsegold Elementary School’s 7th grade and Rivergold Elementary School’s 8th grade teams won the Madera County Math Tournament on Friday, Nov. 6. Ranchos Middle School came in second place and Oak Creek Intermediate School placed third in the 7th grade competition.  Mountain Home School Charter’s 8th grade team placed second in the competition and Coarsegold Elementary School placed ...

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Grouchy With Gratitude

By Virginia Eaton — I recently received a social media message about gratitude — I was challenged to list the things for which I am grateful, not just once but for seven days in a row! My first response to these sorts of messages is to immediately delete; I am a grateful person, I always say thank you, I appreciate ...

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Rough Fire Is Finally 100 Percent Contained

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA – The Sierra National Forest, Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument, and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks are announcing today the 100 percent containment of the Rough Fire. For nearly three months the Rough Fire has burned in some of the most rugged terrain in North America. Started by a lightning strike on July 31, ...

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Two Photographers, 220 Miles On The John Muir Trail

By Scott Lange — Just after Labor Day we set out to capture night and day on the John Muir Trail, and the journey was a great one.  Like many, we chose to begin in Yosemite’s Tuolumne Meadows due to the easier conditions for obtaining a permit, and because we’ve already hiked the valley several times. Departing the day after ...

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1st Place For Badger Band & Color Guard

OAKHURST – Members and families of the YHS Badger Band and Color Guard are celebrating today after students participated in the 51st Annual Selma Rotary Marching Band Festival. On Saturday, Oct.31, Badgers won 1st Place, Band, in Division 2A for the parade performance. According to band parent Virginia, mom of Thomas Lazar, “percussion was awarded the most points in their ...

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Master Guitarists Take The Stage At Coolwater Ranch

AHWAHNEE – Once again, the Coolwater Ranch plays host to a pair of top-flight musicians. Passes are now available for the next show, set for Saturday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. Stevie Coyle (late of the whiz-bang string band The Waybacks) is one lucky bum. His dad ran a radio station in southern California and brought home all the promo ...

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Hiking with Sally up to the Hess Mine in the Tioga Pass Area

I had been looking at a dot on the topog map called the Hess Mine for a few years, walking all around that gorgeous area in the Hoover Wilderness and the 20 Lakes Loop Basin. Sally and I decided that it was time for us to walk around that area and learn more the mine and the people behind it. Where: Hoover Wilderness, ...

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Sheriff’s Crime Log Week Of October 19

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally during the week of Monday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. Coarsegold residential burglary On Monday, Oct. 19 at 8:22 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to take a phone call for a report of a residential burglary that occurred in the 46000 block ...

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Honoring Forest Service Volunteer John Glenn

CLOVIS  – John Glenn was a dedicated and valued part of the US Forest Service family until an unfortunate accident on Aug. 5, which lead to his death the next day. Every year USFS Chief Tom Tidwell honors individuals who were lost in the line of duty. The Forest Service is elated to announce that due to his hard work ...

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