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Bass Lake Ranger District Office Closed Temporarily

NORTH FORK — The Sierra National Forest has announced that due to public and employee safety concerns as weather conditions intensify, the Bass Lake Office has been closed temporarily. Over the weekend the Sierra National Forest received a significant amount of rainfall and with the snow levels above 9000 ft., a large amount of snow from recent storms has melted ...

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Heavy Rains Hit North Fork, Evacuation Warning Still In Place

NORTH FORK — A torrential downpour this morning kept residents on edge as more rain created dangerous conditions for those traveling the roadways in a town that has already had some residents evacuated. County Roads and CHP officers were busy responding to reports of mudslides and flooded roadways, as Sheriff’s deputies continue to monitor water levels and notify residents in ...

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Portions Of North Fork Evacuated As Creeks Overflow

NORTH FORK — Residents are now being evacuated from the lower-lying areas of North Fork as water levels continue to rise in both the north and south forks of Willow Creek. The north fork of Willow Creek runs through the concentrated, low-lying residential areas of North Fork, and is fed by Manzanita Lake, just below Bass Lake Dam. The south ...

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Sheriff Elevates Advisory To Evacuation Warning For North Fork

NORTH FORK — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is elevating the pre-evacuation advisory issued earlier this evening, and is now issuing an Evacuation Warning for the following areas: -Road 222 between Railroad Grade Road and Road 200 -Road 226 between Keller Road and Road 222 -Manzanita Lake Drive -Old Central Camp Road between Road 222 and ½-mile west of Road ...

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Pre-Evacuation Advisory Issued For North Fork As Waters Rise

NORTH FORK — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office has issued a per-evacuation advisory for the town of North Fork due to rising water levels in Bass Lake. There has been an increased discharge of water from the lake, which lies just above the town of North Fork, and with this information, the Sheriff’s Office is issuing a Pre-Evacuation Advisory for ...

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Free Tax Prep For Low And Moderate Income Taxpayers

MOUNTAIN AREA — Free income tax return preparation and electronic filing, for both California state and federal returns, will be available again this year for mountain area residents, offered by the AARP Tax-Aide program. Services are provided free of all costs and charges, to low and moderate income taxpayers of all ages. Tax returns are prepared by specially trained and ...

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Letter To The Editor: Don’t Dog The DOG Report

To the Editor: The following will address Supervisor Tom Wheeler’s criticism of Dale Drozen and his DOG Report: Many feel that Supervisor Wheeler’s comments regarding Dale Drozen’s retirement income are inappropriate, irrelavant, suggestive of pension-envy and unbecoming of a representative of the people. However, many would agree with the Supervisor’s statement that most cities and counties, throughout our Country, are ...

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Coolwater Ranch Presents Guitarist Mike Dowling

AHWAHNEE —  Robin and the crew at Coolwater Ranch are kicking off their 2017 concert series with guitarist extraordinaire Mike Dowling, on Saturday, Jan. 21. When the late, great Vassar Clements heard Mike Dowling play guitar back in 1975 he did the sensible thing. He hired him. Mike was the guitarist in Vassar’s first touring band and can be heard ...

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Deputies Locate Truck Used In Bank Robbery

OAKHURST — The truck captured on video surveillance during a robbery at the Central Valley Community Bank yesterday has been located by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy on patrol last night located the white Toyota Tacoma abandoned not far from the scene of the robbery. According to Commander Tyson Pogue, Sgt. Nick Davis spotted the vehicle on Victoria ...

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Sign Up For Emergency Notifications As Winter Weather Hits

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA – With a series of wet storms hitting Northern and Central California, now is the time to sign up for emergency alerts from the Sheriff’s Office. Residents are advised to do so now — it only takes a minute. In Madera County, MCAlert is used in the event of emergencies or natural disasters such as floods and severe weather, and ...

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