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Flood Watch Continues For The Central Sierra

CENTRAL SIERRA — A Flood Watch remains in effect from 10 p.m. this evening through Tuesday morning, Feb. 21, says the National Weather Service in Hanford. The Flood Watch is for portions of central California including the following areas: Madera, Mariposa, and Fresno County foothills East Central San Joaquin Valley Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon Tulare County Foothill ...

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Measure L Is About First Responders, Family And Neighbors

Guest Column written by Gary Gilbert — I would like to introduce myself. I am Gary Gilbert the former Cal Fire/ Madera County Fire Chief (seven years) and Madera County Supervisor for District 5 (eight years, from 1999-2006), and a resident of Eastern Madera County for 31 years. I believe I have a unique perspective on Measure L. Measure L ...

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Share Your Thoughts On Tree Mortality

EASTERN MADERA COUNTY — A local graduate student is conducting a survey to help understand public perceptions of tree mortality in Eastern Madera County. Everyone is invited to please take just 10 minutes to help this dedicated student complete an important class project. All responses are confidential. Thank you for your participation! Please click here to take the 10 minute ...

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Suspect Bails After Motorcycle Chase In North Fork

NORTH FORK — A high speed motorcycle chase in the North Fork area ended with one person on the way to the hospital, and another still at large. At about 1:30 p.m. Sheriff’s Deputy Ian Roth initiated a stop in downtown North Fork on a 2004 KTM motorcycle, for an unregistered vehicle. The driver, described as a male, about 6′ ...

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Flash Flood Watch Issued For The Central Sierra

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA — The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a Flash Flood Watch for a wide area of the central and southern Sierra from 4 a.m. today through 4 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18. A strong and moist Pacific storm will bring widespread rain to much of the area Friday. Periods of moderate to heavy rain will lead ...

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County Spends 64% Of Discretionary Budget On Protection

MADERA COUNTY — As residents consider their vote on Measure L, the proposed Public Safety Tax scheduled for the Mar. 7 special election, many are questioning the information they’re getting and want answers from the County clarifying details of the measure. We contacted the County to get their response to questions we’ve received from the public, and to assertions put ...

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Supervisor Wheeler Hosts Town Hall Meeting In Raymond

RAYMOND — District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler will hold the next in his series of Town Hall meetings on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Raymond-Knowles Elementary School Cafeteria. Of immediate interest to residents will be a presentation on Measure L, the Public Safety Sale Tax Measure scheduled for a vote on Mar. 7. Georgiena Vivian ...

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Over $3 Million Awarded For Restoration Project

CLOVIS – The Sierra National Forest and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) have been awarded $3.3 million to implement the “Central Sierra Recovery and Restoration” Project through the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership. The funding is aimed at allowing the Forest Service and NRCS, along with state and local partners, to continue to improve the health and resiliency of ...

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Evacuation Warnings Officially Lifted, More Rain Coming

MADERA COUNTY – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office official lifted all evacuation warnings related to the recent flood activity at 5:30 p.m. today. While residents likely breathed a sigh of relief as rains abated, there is more precipitation in the forecast, starting on Thursday afternoon. With the ground saturated and periods of rain predicted into the weekend, those in low-lying ...

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Whisky Falls Road Washed Out Above Cascadel Woods

NORTH FORK — Though the road to Whisky Falls in the Sierra National Forest has been closed for the season, some may still try to access the area, only to discover that the roadway has washed out. About 1.6 miles up the mountain from the intersection with Road 223 (Cascadel), Forest Road 8S09 is completely washed out. Forest engineers are ...

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