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Tuolumne Campground To Reopen Following Treatment For Plague

YOSEMITE – Public health officials and Yosemite National Park staff successfully dusted rodent burrows in the Tuolumne Meadows Campground yesterday with the insecticide deltamethrin (DeltaDust), say park officials, after a case of human plague was identified last month. The California Department of Public Health began investigating a case of human plague after a child from Los Angeles County became ill ...

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Juveniles Killed In Yosemite Identified

YOSEMITE – The two juveniles killed in Yosemite when they were struck by a tree limb on Aug. 14, have been identified as Justin Lee, 14, of Irvine, Calif., and Dragon Kim, 14, of Tustin, Calif. The accident occurred at approximately 5 a.m. when a limb fell from an oak tree in Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley, striking a tent ...

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Minor Who Started John West Fires Placed On House Arrest

MADERA – The minor who started the John West fires last year near Oakhurst appeared in Madera Superior Court today in response to a petition filed, alleging that he had violated the order issued by Superior Court Judge James Oakley, spelling out the terms of his probation. His violations involved inappropriate activities, such as taking pictures and being in close ...

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Over $150 Raised To Replace Stolen Piggy Banks

NORTH FORK –  UPDATE: Aug. 18: Lisa Clark reports: “Whoooohooo! The girls got the piggy banks and the goal jar and this community did great with over $156 cash plus a few English pounds and pences.” Thanks to all who made a contribution. Published originally on Aug. 8: After the burglaries in the Cascadel Woods area during the Willow Fire ...

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Smoke From Rough Fire Continues To Impact Central Sierra

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Mountain area residents continue to experience smoke from the Rough Fire, burning southeast of Madera County about 50 miles, near Hume Lake off Highway 180. The Rough Fire grew 4,048 acres on Sunday, and is now estimated at nearly 21,000 acres with 0 percent containment. The fire was lightning-caused. It was reported on July 31, and ...

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LTC David Hall Featured Speaker At Sierra Tel Patriot Day

OAKHURST – Sierra Tel has announced that the Keynote Speaker for the 2015 Patriot Day Remembrance Event will be Lieutenant Colonel David Hall of Coarsegold. LTC Hall is the current Executive Officer for the 40th Combat Aviation Brigade of the California Army National Guard. LTC Hall graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in June 1995. Upon ...

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Nathan Ignacio And Bootstrap Circus At The 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 many fine sponsors – presents the eleventh weekend (of thirteen) of free concerts with Nathan Ignacio on Friday, Aug. 14. Taking the Art Park stage on Saturday, Aug. 15, will be Bootstrap Circus. Modesto born and ...

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Spangler Promoted In District Attorney’s Office

MADERA COUNTY – Todd Spangler, prosecutor in the Bass Lake Department of the Superior Court, has been promoted to Supervising Deputy District Attorney for Madera County. Spangler, a graduate of California State University, Fresno, and the University of San Diego School of Law, brings 21 years of experience as a prosecutor to the position. For the past 14 years, Mr. ...

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Madera Law Enforcement Hosts Golf Tournament

MADERA COUNTY – The Madera Sheriff’s Office and Madera Police Department are pleased to announce their first Explorer Scrambles Golf Tournament. Everyone is invited to participate in the tournament, scheduled for Saturday Aug. 15, at the Madera Municipal Golf Course located at 23200 Avenue 17 in Madera. The shotgun start of the tournament is at 8 a.m. Participants should be ...

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Four Men Charged With Growing Marijuana On National Forest

FRESNO — A federal grand jury returned an indictment today against four individuals for their involvement in a large marijuana cultivation operation on the Sierra National Forest in Madera County. United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced the charges against Francisco Javier Gomez-Rodriguez, 37, Alejandro Ramirez-Rojo, aka Alejandro Ramires, 30, and Humberto Ceballos-Rangel, 37, all citizens of Mexico, and Anthony ...

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