Grant sought for Ahwahnee Hills

Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park has applied for $200,000 to help cut down underbrush that one of its board members, a former Cal Fire Captain, said has grown exceedingly dangerous to dozens of homes and Wasuma Elementary School.


Studies continue on OHV park

Madera County’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved continuing studies on a proposed 956-acre off-highway vehicle park in O’Neals after Native American sites were discovered in recent weeks.


Interior Department now probing Yosemite harassment complaints

Investigators from the Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General will visit Yosemite National Park in coming days to probe allegations of harassment and a hostile work atmosphere. The inspector general is also looking into claims of sexual improprieties at Yellowstone National Park.


La Sierra Guild hosts fundraiser for Valley Children’s

La Sierra Guild will hold a raffle with prizes to benefit Valley Children’s Hospital, with winners drawn Oct. 12. The raffle includes a one night stay with meal at Tenaya Lodge, a train ride on Sugar Pine Railroad, cruise on a 12-passenger boat for five hours from Miller’s Landing, a $100 certificate from Sullivan’s Tire Pros, a $200 certificate from Oakhurst Giftworks, and a $100 dining certificate from DiCicco’s, $100 in gift cards from Yosemite Bank. Tickets are $1 each, and tickets must be purchsed by Oct. 10. The drawing takes place Oct. 12, with the winning tickets drawn by a hospital patient. Winners need not be present to win.


Getting groovy for homecoming week

Yosemite High School got groovy Wednesday as part of its homecoming week, celebrated the week of Sept. 26 - 30. There are plenty of fun activities, games, and dress-up options before the big homecoming event and football game on Friday.


“Magnificent Seven”

The new version of “The Magnificent Seven” (a remake of a 1960 Western that I have not seen, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “The Seven Samurai,” which I have) is one of those movies that starts off looking award-worthy, but gradually loses steam until it’s nearly unwatchable by the end.


Third marijuana cultivator sentenced in national forest grow

FRESNO - Alejandro Ramirez-Rojo, 31, of Mexico, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill to 27 months in prison and ordered to pay $8,752 in restitution to the U.S. Forest Service for conspiring to manufacture, distribute, and possess with intent to distribute marijuana in the Sierra National Forest, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.


Firefighters douse Highway 41 grass fire

Two engines from the Fresno Fire Department respond to a grass fire along Highway 41 at the Olive Avenue underpass on Monday afternoon, Aug. 29. According to bystander Mona Nunez, the fire started around 1:30 p.m. near the chain-link fence at the bottom of the embankment. There was no immediate word from the fire department on a cause.
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Firefighters douse Highway 41 grass fire

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8-4-16 Assemblyman Patterson Adjourns in Memory of Robert Reagan

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CHP helicopter rescues sick hiker from near Edison Lake

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