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Man Taken Into Custody Is Not FBI’s Suspect

COARSEGOLD – A man taken into custody after being pulled over by a CHP officer in Yosemite Lakes Park earlier today is not Jason Derek Brown, according to the CHP. The man was pulled over when his vehicle was spotted in the area, and matched the description of a car that was reportedly being driven by Brown, who is wanted ...

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Arrest Of Possible Murder Suspect In YLP

OAKHURST – A CHP officer has taken a man into custody who fits the description of Jason Derek Brown, who is wanted for murder and armed robbery, and is on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list. At 12:09 p.m. an Oakhurst Area CHP officer spotted a vehicle that fit the description of a 1996 Nissan Maxima reported on a “Be ...

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Head-On Collision On Deadwood Injures Four

OAKHURST – A head-on collision snarled traffic over Deadwood this morning and sent several people to the hospital, one with serious injuries. Just after 7 a.m., Sherry Lynn Abraugh Getchell, 40, of Oakhurst was southbound on Highway 41 just north of Road 425B near the top of Deadwood in a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer. According to CHP, she was driving in ...

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Rough Fire Holding At Just Over 151,000 Acres

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Firelines are holding on the Rough Fire as interior fuels continue to burn out, crews are demobilized, and rehabilitation and repair becomes the order of the day. The Rough Fire is now estimated at 151,493 acres with 85 percent containment. There are currently 651 personnel assigned to the incident, including 9 crews, 26 engines, 4 helicopters, ...

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DUI Arrest After Driver Hits Cow On Highway 41

MADERA COUNTY – A man who collided with a cow on Highway 41 last night was subsequently taken into custody for Driving Under the Influence. Just after 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27, William Cox, 35, of Fresno, was southbound on Highway 41 just south of Road 207, in a 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer, when he struck a black cow that ...

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Saving Natural Resources On Wildland Fires

Written by John Nichols, Public Information Officer, Rough Fire – The Rough Fire has been burning for almost two months in rugged and diverse terrain on the Sequoia and Sierra National Forests and the Kings Canyon National Park. The fire started July 31 from a lightning strike. In the ensuing weeks, the fire grew to over 151,000 acres and at ...

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“Ventriloquist” Owls Kick Off Audubon Program Season

Contributed by Len McKenzie – Owls hold a fascination for people. Perhaps it’s their nocturnal habits (of most species), their hunting prowess, their haunting nighttime calls, their silent flight or the sense of mystery they evoke in us. In popular mythical culture and children’s stories they symbolize wisdom and nobility, yet they are, along with spiders and bats, among the ...

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Free Master Gardeners Events In October

MADERA COUNTY – With Fall planting season upon us, now is the time to take advantage of free garden advice and workshops presented by UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners. There will be three events in October to answer questions and get you motivated. The first is a Garden Advice Clinic at Western Sierra Nursery in Oakhurst on Saturday, Oct. 3, ...

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Clampers Dedicate Monument At Dairyland School

MADERA COUNTY – The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, otherwise known as the Clampers, is always in search of a grand time and any random reason to make merry, but their mission is the promotion and preservation of western history. Next on the agenda for the Grub Gulch Chapter 41-49 is the dedication of a plaque and ...

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Artists Reception As Arts Council Celebrates Agriculture

Submitted by Diane Mello – MADERA COUNTY – It was 1993, and Nancy Clute had an idea, the realization of which became legendary. Nancy was one of the founders of the Madera County Arts Council and served as its executive director until her death in 2002. Her concept was to combine her passion for and love of art with this ...

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