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Airbnb to begin collecting bed tax in Madera County on Oct. 1

Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, has partnered with Madera County on a new tax agreement. Beginning Oct. 1, Airbnb will begin collecting and remitting the 9% Transient Occupancy Tax and the 2% Tourism Business Improvement District taxes on all eligible bookings in the unincorporated areas of Madera County.

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Film on Hall of Famer Peter Cavanaugh is a festival finalist

The Michigan based film Local DJ: The Story of Flint Rock n’ Roll was recently awarded Finalist status in the highly regarded Moondance International Film Festival for 2017. The Michigan feature documentary was included in the honor among films from Ireland, Turkey, Iran, Singapore and Australia.

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At the heart of the matter

Artichoke hearts rank as one of my all-time favorite foods. I love them fresh and also the marinated ones in jars. Sometimes there are good recipes that use the canned, water-pack type, but I admit those are not my first choice. It’s amazing that we can enjoy artichokes as a culinary treat, given that they are thistles. I love the Globe variety of artichoke as those have great flavor and are meaty. If you like chokes as much as I do, it is my hope you find a recipe to try from the selection here. I also hope you are looking forward to some nice fall weather.

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Masterson still going Qigong strong at 86

Members of the Oakhurst Wild Goose Qigong Practice Group were delighted to celebrate John Masterson’s 86th birthday with cards and balloons at their Tuesday practice before his weekend family celebrations began.

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GCT dials “M for Murder”

If you like a good murder mystery, you won’t want to miss the Golden Chain Theatre’s latest production, the classic Dial M for Murder, now playing weekends through Oct. 1.

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News Briefs - September 21 edition

☆ Impacted by wildfire? ☆ Free jet ski rides at Bass Lake ☆ Democratic Club meeting ☆ Oakhurst Library needs volunteers ☆ Sally Moreno campaign event ☆ Sierra Art Trails ☆ Spirit Night donations sought ☆ Farm and Ranch Tour ☆ Plant sale ☆ Oakhurst Music Festival ☆ Parking lot sale ☆ EMT course ☆ Teen safe driving

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“It’s difficult to stop fires under these conditions ...”

Ritter Bethel, who grew up in North Fork and is now raising his family there, has been fighting fires for the U.S. Forest Service since 1996. Bethel, a module leader, and his crew of four on Engine 52 were preparing to demobilize on Patriot’s Day, Sept. 11, after fighting the Railroad Fire for 14 straight days.

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Food, hungry law enforcement: How it all came together

Evergreen Conference Center of Oakhurst Director Steve Rumage tells about the decision to offer meals to law enforcement after the power went out and ECCO was ordered to evacuate due to the Railroad Fire.
Morgan Voorhis The Sierra Star
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Food, hungry law enforcement: How it all came together

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Railroad Fire incident commander updates progress, and it's good news

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