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Falany family to host free dinner

For over 25 years, the family of Henry and Grace Falany has opened their home to the Mariposa community and beyond for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The Falanys have just returned from a special trip to Plymouth, Mass., commemorating the 400th anniversary of the pilgrims stepping off of Plymouth Rock, the birthplace of America on Nov. 11, 1620. They connected […]

Helping hands

Submitted PhotoLori and Tom Ritter of Creekside Nursery and Mariposa Feed are show with a $250 check they donated to Manna House. The money will go to help with the Christmas food giveaway on Dec. 19. “We thank them so much for their support and donation,” said an official from Manna House. … An online subscription is required to view […]

Takin’ care of business

Closed coffee shop in Oakhurst gets some new life


David Ibarra is shown outside The Cool Bean in Oakhurst, where the Ibarra family who operate Plazuelas stepped in when the previous Bean owners wanted to focus on their coffee roasting business. Photo by Kellie FlanaganWhen Casey and Alyssa Lucas announced in September that they were closing the doors of their Oakhurst coffee shop, The Cool Bean, no one was […]

Man now living his dream with new restaurant



Tandoori Express Authentic India Cuisine Chef Manoj Singh (left) is shown with the restaurant’s chef-owner Omi Thakur in the kitchen, just a day before opening in Oakhurst. In the inset is one of the healthy, low-fat and flavorful meas. Photos by Kellie FlanaganWhether you’re weary of turkey or not, the idea of a fresh flavor profile may be just the […]

Yosemite Adult School to expand offerings



Yosemite Adult School will offer a Pre-Apprenticeship program in the Building Trades in January and February. The Yosemite Unified School District program is free of charge for students 18 and over. Photo by Kellie FlanaganAfter a few years in the planning stage, Yosemite Adult School announced great news last week, saying educators there will soon offer a valuable program designed […]

Pines Resort to hold celebration for the holidays — with conditions



The Pines Resort will host a modified holiday celebration with a drive-through CAR-nival featuring a free-standing parade. Submitted photoAs the year that was comes to a close, the Pines Resort has embraced the holiday spirit and will host the 29th consecutive Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting on Saturday, Nov. 28 with — you guessed it — some modifications due to […]

Madera Sheriff’s Office swears in 10 new officers

Above, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office welcomed 10 new deputies to the fold when they were sworn into their duties by Sheriff Tyson Pogue. MCSO noted that the group of deputies brought home five prestigious awards including Deputy Sara Vind (below) who was awarded Best All Around Student. Submitted photosThere’s a new sheriff in town. Well, new deputies. Madera County […]

Madera sheriff responds to state stay at home order



The Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) responded to the state’s recent “limited Stay at Home Order” issued on Nov. 19, with county Sheriff Tyson Pogue conveying the following message to residents: “The Madera County Sheriff’s Office does not have the capacity to respond to complaints or proactively enforce the Limited Stay at Home Order,” said Pogue. “We will continue to […]

Fire department awarded grant to buy ‘jaws of life’



Madera County Fire has responded to 22 incidents already this year in which hydraulic extrication was required. Now a grant provides $74,000 for new equipment. Submitted photoSo far this year, Madera County Fire Department has responded to 22 crashes in which extrication was required, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). Now the state safety agency has awarded […]

Tioga Peak’s endless views

FREE OUT AND ABOUT

My wake-up alarm has just sounded for the beginning of another exciting day. I reached over to shut off the alarm and glanced at the time which displayed: 3:30 a.m. What is this; did I make a mistake setting my alarm? As my head cleared I remembered I’d be meeting my hiking buddies at 4:30 a.m. for our three-hour drive […]


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