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Dozens Of Lightning Fires Sparked On The SNF

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Last week’s lightning storm ignited 33 fires on the Sierra National Forest Thursday and Friday afternoon. Thirty-two are located on the High Sierra Ranger district and one is located on the Bass Lake Ranger District. At this time, there are 120 firefighters actively supporting fire suppression on the Sierra, including many who are stationed on the ...

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Moon In Leo And The Wise Guys At Mariposa Art Park

Written by Ronnie Sweeting – Producer/Mariposa Evenings MARIPOSA – Cousin Jack’s Mariposa Evenings – brought to you by The Mariposa County Arts Council and its many fine sponsors – presents, live in concert, John Cardenas & the Wise Guys on Friday, July 10, and Moon in Leo on Saturday, July 11. The Wise Guys, with vocalist John Cardenas, pay homage ...

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Fire Threatens Homes In YLP

COARSEGOLD – Crews were called out at 1:17 p.m. this afternoon for reports of a vegetation fire on Creek Road, just south of Patrick Avenue in Yosemite Lakes Park. First firefighters on scene reported the fire at about one acre, burning in grass and oak woodland, with two structures immediately threatened. Patrick Avenue was closed off at Yosemite Springs Parkway, ...

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Maximum Enforcement On Bass Lake This Weekend

BASS LAKE – With two teenagers having lost their lives in jet ski accidents on the lake this past week, and another person injured just this afternoon, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office will be out in force over the 4th of July weekend to ensure that everyone has a safe and sane holiday. Just after 4 p.m. today, a woman ...

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Update On Fire Near Miami Mountain

AHWAHNEE – Firefighters responded to reports of a column of smoke rising in the area of Miami Mountain Lookout just before 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. The fire burned just west of Highway 49, north of Ahwahnee off Miami Mountain Road. First engine at scene reported the fire about 1/2 to 3/4 acre. Air tankers and helicopters were quickly over ...

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Another Fatal Jet Ski Accident On Bass Lake

BASS LAKE  – Just five days after a tragic accident involving a personal water craft at Bass Lake claimed the life of a 13-year-old, another teen is dead, this time after hitting a boat with his jet ski. At about 11 p.m. last night, Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the north shore of Bass Lake, near the Pines Resort, for ...

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Tex McDonald Sentenced In Casino Takeover

MADERA COUNTY – Former Chukchansi Tribal Chairman Tex McDonald appeared today in Madera Superior Court for sentencing. On May 1, McDonald agreed to plead guilty to the felony charge of false imprisonment, for his part in the armed takeover attempt of the Chukchansi Gold Casino in Coarsegold, in early October 2014. The judge sentenced him to 485 days, but he ...

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Sheriff Asks For Community’s Help This Weekend

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Fireworks are illegal in Mariposa County, and those who violate the fireworks laws are subject to a maximum of $1,000 fine and up to one year in county jail. However, if you possess large quantities of dangerous fireworks, prosecutors could charge you with a felony, punishable by up to three years in California state prison and fines up ...

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Yosemite National Park Institutes Fire Restrictions

YOSEMITE – Due to current and predicted fire conditions and possible active fire behavior, Yosemite National Park has implemented Stage 1 Fire Restrictions until further notice. Yosemite National Park is experiencing very high fire danger along with continued hot and dry weather patterns. By order of the Superintendent Yosemite National Park: No building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, ...

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Local Author’s Bilingual Picture Book Wins 1st Place

Virginia Walton Pilegard, of Wishon, accepted the prestigious Latino Literacy award for Best Educational Children’s Picture Book– Bilingual, at the ILBA Awards Ceremony in San Francisco on June 27. Grandfather Ratoncito Pérez and the Apprentice Tooth Fairy is illustrated by Fiona Hodgetts, Wolverhampton, England, and translated by Maria Cassandra Nah Ayuso, Fresno. Pilegard’s winning entry spins a tale of the ...

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