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500-Acre Fire Burning In Yosemite

YOSEMITE – The smoke visible in the Yosemite Valley today is coming from the Tenaya Fire, which is burning in Indian Canyon. The fire is located above the north rim of the Valley on both sides of the Lehamite trail, between the Valley and Tioga Road. The Tenaya Fire was discovered last night and is currently estimated at 500 acres. ...

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Alleged Attempted Murder In Mariposa Arts Park

MARIPOSA – A Mariposa man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder following an incident at the Mariposa County Arts Park. On Thursday Sept. 3, at approximately 7:50 p.m., the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault with a firearm. The victims reported that Michael Cutter, 26, had approached them while at the Mariposa County Arts ...

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Wildfire Smoke Threatens Public Health

MADERA COUNTY – Smoke from the Rough Fire is affecting air quality throughout the San Joaquin Valley and the foothills, prompting air officials to issue a health cautionary statement. Strong high pressure is causing stagnant dispersion conditions resulting in widespread smoke impacts across Fresno, Madera, Merced, Kings, Tulare, Stanislaus, San Joaquin and the valley portion of Kern counties. Air officials ...

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Madera County Medication Take-Back Event

MADERA COUNTY  – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is hosting another Medication Take-Back event scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 26. This service to the public is scheduled twice annually, once in the spring and once in the fall. Sheriff Varney wants to remind the public of the importance of proper disposal of medications that are no longer needed. “Many prescription and ...

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Firefighter Burn Injury On Rough Fire

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – At approximately 8 a.m. this morning, a firefighter was injured while working in the Converse Basin area of the Rough Fire. The firefighter was part of a Hotshot crew working the night shift, tasked with monitoring the fire line along Hoist Ridge, looking for spot fires that may have flared up outside the containment line. Given ...

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Growth Of Rough Fire Slowed, Smoke Still An Issue

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – The Rough Fire has grown to 85,894 acres with 31 percent containment and remains the largest active fire in California. Heavy concentrations of smoke are expected near the fire today. Smoke will be slow to lift, and light and variable transport winds are expected primarily from the south, with increased impacts expected in San Joaquin Valley ...

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A Year After The Courtney Fire, The Story Of Bass Lake Heights

Submitted by Lynnette Balsamo Jordan As the one year anniversary of the Courtney Fire approaches, let’s take a walk back in history to the beginning of Bass Lake Heights. It all started at the end of WWII when Chief Warrant Officer Louis Balsamo Sr. visited an old Navy buddy at Hidden Valley Meadows. Dan Johnson had built a cabin retreat ...

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The History Mystery #32

We have a lot of great information on Grub Gulch and the mines in that area, and good information and photographs of the Texas Flat Mine. But recently some folks have asked the Raymond Museum about the “French Gulch Mine” in our area. There is a mine by that name up by Shasta, Calif., and there is a geographical name ...

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Victim Of Fatal Crash On Road 415 Identified

COARSEGOLD – The Coarsegold man who died in a single-vehicle accident on Road 415 today has been identified as 78-year-old Richard Marion Moore. Moore lost his life when the vehicle he was driving left the roadway and overturned just east of Road 416 at 12:20 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5. The cause of the accident remains under investigation. Click here ...

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Fatal Accident In Coarsegold Area

COARSEGOLD – A single-vehicle accident on Road 415 has claimed the life of an elderly Coarsegold man. At 12:20 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5, the driver was westbound on Road 415 in a 1995 Suzuki Sidekick, in the winding corners approaching Road 416. For unknown reasons, the driver suddenly steered to the left, crossed over the eastbound lane, left the ...

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