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No Estimated Date For Tioga Pass To Open For The Season

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park officials have issued the following statement on conditions over Tioga Pass (Highway 120) inside the park boundaries: The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park (Highway 120 through the park) remains closed to all vehicular traffic, including bicycles. Melting snow is causing water to run over the road in multiple locations, creating a safety hazard. Park ...

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Power Outage In Bootjack Affects Nearly 500 Customers

MARIPOSA COUNTY —  Nearly 500 customers are without power in the Bootjack area of Mariposa County. The outage, which started at 1:53 p.m is affecting 496 households. The reason for the outage is unknown at this time, according to PG&E, but crews are assessing the situation. The estimated time for power to be restore is 5 p.m., but that could ...

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Star Gazing On The Sierra Vista Scenic Byway

NORTH FORK — Enjoy an evening of gazing at the stars on the beautiful Sierra Vista Scenic Byway on Saturday evening, June 24. All interested parties are invited to gather at the North Fork Post Office parking lot at 7 p.m. to carpool to Mile High Vista, about a 45 minute drive. Bill Dodge will be assisting in viewing and ...

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One-Way Traffic Control On Highway 41 This Sunday

MADERA COUNTY — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announces that one-way traffic control will be in effect this Sunday morning on State Route 41 in Madera County. Maintenance crews will be repairing guardrail that was damaged during a recent fire. The following one-way traffic control will be in effect, weather permitting: · On Sunday, June 25 – State Route ...

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Fireworks Are Illegal In The Mountain Area

MARIPOSA – Did you know that possession of fireworks in our area can mean hefty fines and even jail time? The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) would like to remind Eastern Madera and Mariposa County residents of the very real fire danger and the consequences for the use of illegal fireworks. All fireworks, including “Safe and ...

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Is Tioga Pass Open In Yosemite?

YOSEMITE — There has been a lot of confusion of late over whether or not Tioga Pass is open in Yosemite National Park. A call to Caltrans confirms that the east side of the pass, up to the park entrance, is indeed plowed and open to traffic. However, an announcement by Caltrans on Monday, June 19, may have been misunderstood ...

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Fire In Bootjack Contained In Less Than 10 Minutes

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Firefighters were called out to reports of a vegetation fire in the Bootjack area, near the 3500 block of Rocky Hollow Lane. The fire was reported at about 2:32 p.m. Nine engines from Cal Fire and Mariposa County Fire, two dozers and two ground crews were dispatched, along with Air Attack, two air tankers and a helicopter. ...

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Tax Season’s Over But Phone Scammers Have New Twist

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service is warning people to beware of a new scam linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), where fraudsters call to demand an immediate tax payment through a prepaid debit card. This scam is being reported across the country, so taxpayers should be alert to the details. In the latest twist, the scammer ...

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Sierra National Forest Solicits Campground Concessionaires

CLOVIS – Sierra National Forest (NF) announced today the solicitation for two recreation site special use permits in the forest. Application proposals will be accepted for a period of 30 days, following a legal notice publication on June 22, in The Fresno Bee. This publication is the exclusive means for calculating the 30 day application acceptance period. The Sierra NF ...

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Letter To The Editor: County Credit Card Abuse

Our Madera County Board of Supervisors and CAO clearly need help and guidance from the community. This need is affirmed by the CAO’s justification of excessive spending of tax dollars on food and beverage for himself and other employees. His justification was in response to an investigation by the Grand Jury on abuse of County credit cards by employees, the ...

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