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New Holiday Inn Express Poised to Open in Oakhurst

OAKHURST — The long wait is almost over. Nearly a decade in the planning and construction, the first of Oakhurst’s three new hotels appears poised to open — and local business leaders, county officials and mountain area residents couldn’t be more excited. “We’ve been waiting so long for these new hotels to come on online,” said one business owner this ...

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Clampers to Dedicate New Bass Lake Monument

BASS LAKE — The Grub Gulch chapter of E. Clampus Vitus — better known as the “Clampers” — will dedicate their newest monument at Bass Lake next weekend. The monument, which commemorates the history of Bass Lake, Willow Creek and the recreational and commercial development history of the popular resort, is located at the Yosemite RV Park. According to Dan ...

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MCSO Confirms Fatality at Early Morning Blaze in North Fork

NORTH FORK — A fire that started in the pre-dawn hours Saturday morning in a North Fork mobile home has claimed a life, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. “I can confirm that a deceased individual was discovered at the burned residence,” said MCSO spokesperson Kayla Serratto. “Detectives were called out to the scene. Identification and official cause of ...

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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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