Community News for 6/12/14 edition

June 10, 2014 

Deadline nears for Chukchansi grants

The deadline to submit applications for the 2014 Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians Community Grant Program is Monday, June 30.

The grants are offered as part of a 10-year agreement between Madera County and the rancheria, and provides $1 million in grants annually throughout Madera County to government, schools, and a variety of non-profit clubs and organizations. The 2014 grants will be year eight for the program.

More than 95 applications were submitted for 2013 grants, with 30 grants awarded ranging from $15,000 to $80,000. Eastern Madera County received 19 of the 30 grants totaling $694,000.

The application includes proof of nonprofit or government status, project summary, and details of project budget.

Grant applications can be found at

Honorary Mayor fundraiser

For the next two Tuesdays (June 17 and June 24), from 4-7 p.m., Fro-Yo (next to Vons) will give a percentage of their proceeds to Zona Cahill, in her run for Honorary Mayor. Cahill is raising funds for the Sierra Senior Society.

June 21 Rib Fest tickets now on sale

Tickets for the June 21 Oakhurst Community Center Rib Fest are now available at Dorsey's Hallmark and Yosemite Bank.

The event features all-you-can-eat pork ribs prepared by five community benefit organizations, with judges giving one organization the title of 2014 "Best Ribs" at the end of the evening. Last year's winning team was the Sierra Lions Club.

A silent and live auction will be held during the Rib Fest, which is the sole fundraising event of the year to support the maintenance and operational costs of the center. Tickets cost $20.

Details: Dale Miller, (559) 683-0819, Oakhurst Community Center, (559) 683-2290.

Golden Chain auditions

Auditions for "A Golden Fleecing" at the Golden Chain Theatre will be held 5-7 p.m., June 16, 17, and 18. This is a melodrama, with roles for the villain, hero, heroine and others.

The villain is out to fleece the unsuspecting towns folks of Elbow Bend of their gold. Actors need not have experience, just a willingness to experience the exciting opportunity to step back in time. Men and women of all ages are encouraged to audition.

The play runs July 26 through Aug. 24 – Saturdays and Sundays.

Details: Mary Lou Finley, (559) 683-3789.

EMC SPCA fundraiser

An evening of "Whine & Noses," to benefit the Eastern Madera County SPCA shelter fund, will be held 6-8 p.m., Friday, June 20, at Western Sierra Nursery. Larkspur will provide music, and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Drinks, beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Donation: $10 per person.

Details: The Cat's Meow, (559) 642-6611.

Public input requested

The public is invited to a workshop to provide comments on the Draft 2014 Madera County Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy, and the associated Draft Program Environmental Impact Report.

The workshop will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 12, in the Pavilion Room of the Oakhurst Community Center. There will be refreshments and raffle prizes.

Details: MCTC, (559) 675-0721 ext. 16, or

CHP looks to hire officer candidates

The California Highway Patrol will accept applications online only during a four-day period beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 7, and ending at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 10. This brief application period marks the first time this year the CHP has accepted applications.

Minimum qualifications are: must be 20-35 years of age, a U.S. citizen, have no felony convictions and be a high school graduate. Each applicant will be required to complete the entire testing process including a physical ability test, written test, background investigation, medical/vision evaluation, and psychological evaluation.

The application, all components of the testing process, as well as an applicant study guide and practice test can be found online at

Minarets free summer camps

Minarets High School and Chawanakee Unified have partnered with the Academy of Arts ad Sciences to offer free summer camps at Minarets.

The four-day camps are free and run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday offering subjects in art, music,and technology. The camps are designed for ages 10-14.

Details: (559) 868-8659,

Let's make a deal

The youth group of New Community Methodist Church will be hosting a rummage sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, in the church parking lot. Items will not be priced, and the community is encouraged to come make offers on a variety of items.

All proceeds go to sending the youth on a service project to repair homes in rural and urban communities in need.

Details: (559) 683-2652.

Doc's Towing honored

Oakhurst's Doc's Towing & Transport has ranked on the Towman 500, "Most Experienced Towmen in America." Compiled by American Towman Magazine, the towing industry's premier trade publication, the Towman 500 is based on the oldest established towing businesses in America. Doc's Towing & Transport was established in 1954.

Members of the Towman 500 recently gathered in Las Vegas for a celebratory luncheon where they received a commemorative belt buckle. The buckle featured a big "500," a tow hook and an elephant — the elephant representing towing in ancient times. A Latin inscription on the buckle — victoria supressendam — translates to: victory is survival.

Details: Jerry Corn, (559) 683-7676.

Tioga Road project

Road construction on Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park began last week, and will continue through Sept. 30, 2015. This rehabilitative project will improve the Tuolumne Grove parking lot and the Tioga Road corridor. This phase of the rehabilitation work will include a 15-mile segment from the Crane Flat intersection to just east of White Wolf.

There will be traffic-control operations with flaggers and/or pilot cars. There will be no work on weekends or holidays, a news release said.

Traffic delays along Tioga Road were scheduled to begin last week. The approximate length of delays:

11 p.m. to 6 a.m., 60-minute delays.

6 to 7:30 a.m., 15-minute delays.

7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 30-minute delays.

3:30 to 4:30 p.m., 15-minute delays.

4:30 to 11 p.m., 30-minute delays.

Campgrounds and other visitor services along Tioga Road will remain accessible. For daily traffic control updates, call (209) 372-0200 or go to gov/yose/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.

Children's Museum Family Carnival

The Children's Museum of the Sierra is in the final preparation stages for their annual Family Carnival and Open House. This year's event will be on Saturday June 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The carnival will include games, prizes, special community visitors, crafts, gold panning, and flower planting. The day of the carnival there will be free admission to the museum with purchase of carnival tickets.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Women's conference

Registration is now open for the 27th Annual Central California Women's Conference to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center. This year's celebrity keynote speaker is award-winning actress and author, Valerie Bertinelli. Warm-up speaker is former Blackhawk helicopter pilot Elizabeth McCormick.

The conference will also include 27 breakout sessions with expert speakers, and The Marketplace with more than 175 exhibitors. More than 3,500 women are expected to attend. Tickets cost $100.


Scenic Byway CDs

Listen for history, geography, interviews with experts and celebrities, and more while you drive the scenic byway.

CDs available at the North Fork Visitors Center for $10; or available for free download at You will need to download an app such as MP3 Downloader from your app store.

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