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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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