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County Seeking Name for Future Regional Park at Manzanita Lake

NORTH FORK — On Friday (Feb. 21), Madera County took ownership of approximately 140 acres just north of Manzanita Lake. The heavily forested land, which had been owned by PG&E, will be developed into a regional park. “We are currently seeking suggestions on a name for the new park. If you have a good suggestion, email the name to: PIT@MaderaCounty.com,” ...

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Sparse Sierra Snow Pack Could Mean Early Start to Fire Season

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — NASA satellite images taken this past week from more than 400 miles above Earth show snow pack levels in the Sierras at just 54 percent of their historical average for this time of the year. The most recent data is sparking concerns that parts of California are slipping back into a drought — and that the 2020 ...

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Report: Madera Among Fastest-Growing Counties in Western U.S.

MADERA COUNTY — According to the latest government data, Madera County is outpacing other similar-sized counties, both in California and around the western U.S., in terms of economic growth. Recently published United States Bureau of Economic Analysis records show that for 2018, the latest year for which statistics have been compiled, Madera County saw the fastest growth in real GDP ...

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North Fork Native Now International Cultural Activist

NORTH FORK — North Fork native Amy Inman (NFS class of 1993 and Sierra High class of 1997) has become an international mover and shaker. Amy moved to the picturesque Cinque Terre region in northwest Italy in 2003, married a local in 2009 and started her family in 2011. In her 17 years as an expat she has become an ...

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Mariposa Utility District Upgrades Wastewater Treatment Facility

MARIPOSA — There’s a popular misconception about the capacity of Mariposa’s wastewater treatment plant on Miller Road. Reportedly a number of Mariposa County residents don’t believe the Mariposa Public Utility District’s (MPUD) decades-old sewage management system could provide service to potential new motels or hotels and multi-family housing units. That perception is false. In fact, upon completion of the current ...

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Attempted Murder Suspect Arrested Saturday in Modesto

MODESTO — A Mariposa County man wanted for attempted murder following a shooting Friday in Greeley Hill was apprehended by Modesto police officers Saturday. Jeron Daniel Roberts, 41, was taken into custody without incident in the Walmart parking lot on McHenry Avenue in Modesto about 11:45 a.m., according to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. Roberts was involved in a fight ...

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Community Gets Preview of New $25M Oakhurst College Center

OAKHURST —  The community got a preview of the new $25 million Oakhurst Community College Center at a public forum this week in Oakhurst. Darin Soukup, Oakhurst Community College Center director, and project architect Paul Halajian were both on hand at the meeting to provide updates and answer questions from community members about progress on the project. Halajian also brought ...

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Oakhurst Submits Entry in HGTV Hometown Makeover Contest

OAKHURST — Not to be outdone by its sister community in North Fork, some Oakhurst residents joined together this past week to produce their own video entry for HGTV’s “Hometown Takeover” contest — which is offering to totally remake one small U.S. town. Oakhurst’s video, which includes pictures of older business storefronts as well as nature scenes from Yosemite and ...

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Update: Authorities ID Two Killed Early Sunday in Crash on Hwy 41

COARSEGOLD — A single-vehicle traffic accident on Highway 41 claimed two lives early Sunday morning. The driver of a 2001 Honda Civic, Layna Ronette Marquez, 48, of Coarsegold, died in the incident, which reportedly happened after Marquez over-corrected on a turn and hit a tree. A passenger in the vehicle, Chana-ne Botchon Reid, 25, from Coarsegold, was also killed in ...

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Hiking in Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park

If you don’t have time for a trip up to Yosemite or the Federal lands near us and still want to get out and enjoy nature, you don’t have to go far to get your fix in our own backyard at Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park off of Hwy 49 adjacent to Wasuma Elementary School in Ahwahnee. Although I walked a ...

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