Community News for 1/17/13 edition

January 17, 2013 

Supervisor Wheeler's Town Hall Jan. 31

Madera County District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler will hold his next Town Hall meeting Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Road 425B.

Memoir Writing Class begins Jan. 25

The Spring semester of the Memoir Writing Class will begin again Friday, Jan. 25 after taking a break for the holidays.

Classes, taught by Joyce Stuhr, are held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, 39696 Highway 41 in Oakhurst.

No one is required to write or read to attend but are encouraged to do so. Anyone interested in attending can go to the Jan. 25 class. Details:(559) 683-5494.

Gas, diesel demand fell in third quarter

California's gasoline consumption declined 1.3% in the third quarter of 2012, according to fuel tax data released by George Runner, Second District Member of the California State Board of Equalization (BOE). Diesel consumption declined 4.9% in the third quarter of 2012.

"The lesson of 2012 is that high gas prices and gas price spikes are a threat to California's economic recovery," Runner said. "High gas prices rob California consumers and businesses of dollars they hoped to spend in other ways."

For more information on state fuel statistics or reports based on fuel tax receipts paid by California distributors visit:

State Taxable Gasoline Gallons Report:

Oakhurst winery wins seven medals

Oakhurst's Idle Hour Winery received seven medals at the recent 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

The Oakhurst winery will be releasing the two Gold Medal winners, the 2010 Tempranillo and 2011 Cabernet Franc, along with a Silver Medal winning Pinot Noir and a Bronze Medal Petite Sirah, this Saturday at the winery's Winter Release Party, noon to 5 p.m. Music will be provided by North Fork's Good Medicine.

Details: (559) 683-4354.

Sanctity of Life Sunday memorial

Sanctity of Life Sunday Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Oakhill Cemetery on Highway 41 in Oakhurst.

The non-denominational service centers on 40-year anniversary since Roe vs. Wade was passed, legalizing abortion, and the 55 million babies that have been aborted since that time.

New metal recycling business

A new metal recycling business -- CJ Metal Recycling -- recently opened in North Fork. The business, located at 57735 Road 225, North Fork, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Free pick-up service is also available. CJ Metal Recycling takes junk cars, catalytic converters, aluminum, stainless steel, appliances, electric cord/wire, power tools, yard equipment, copper, brass, steel, iron, tin, wire, tools, car parts, electric motors, batteries, exercise equipment, starters, alternators, engines and radiators. No trash or tires are accepted.

Details: Co-owners Justin Lowry, (559) 760-4145 and Chris Stuber, (559) 760-5333,,

Pizza contest will include NFL playoffs

The first annual "Best Pizza in Oakhurst" contest will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Oakhurst Community Center, which will include a showing of the NFL football playoffs on three large screens.

The contest is a fundraiser for Sierra Oakhurst Kiwanis. Tickets are $10. Participants will receive a slice of pizza from each of the five participating Mountain Area restaurants.

Kiwanis will use the funds raised to fund scholarships for graduating seniors from Yosemite and Minarets high schools, Children's Hospital, Central California, and other area projects.

Details: Bruce Howard, (559) 683-7650.

Bare-root planting workshop Jan. 25

A fruit tree pruning workshop will be held 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at 3204 River Haven Road, Mariposa. Master Gardener volunteers, trained by the University of California, will present the workshop.

Bare-root fruit trees will soon be available and are usually less expensive than potted plants, but they need some special handling:

Scope out your property for the optimum location. Learn about the tree's requirements for soil, sun (fruit and nut trees need full sun), water, care and temperature needs and tolerance. Mariposa County Master Gardeners suggest a University of California site,, for basics.

Inspect the tree you have your eye on. The tree should look healthy, with no injuries or evidence of disease or pests. Look for a straight tree that tapers from trunk to top. It should spring back when bent.

Bare-root trees are dormant, but are in shock and their roots must be kept moist. If you can't plant right away, cover roots and protect the tree from freezing.

Cut the tree off to 20 inches to two feet from the top of the mound.

Paint the lower two-thirds of the trunk with a mixture of half water and half interior white latex paint to prevent sunburn and protect from Pacific flat-head borers.

Apply three to four inches of mulch in a radius two to three feet from the tree to help maintain moisture, add nutrients and discourage weeds.

Details: Mariposa Master Gardener help desk from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, or 2-5 p.m. Thursdays, (209) 966-7078.

YHS music program cookie fundraiser

Yosemite High School music students are selling cookie doe through Feb. 1 to help fund their April Tour event. Students will receive 40% of profits from sales to be applied towards their trip.

Details: Randy Hyatt, (559) 683-4667, ext. 243.

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