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Mariposa CHP Conducts DUI/ Driver’s License Checkpoint

MARIPOSA – The Mariposa Area of the California Highway Patrol will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Saturday, Sept. 5, between the hours of 7 p.m. and 2 a.m., somewhere within Mariposa County. The CHP says the deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug ...

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2015 Grizzly Century Bike Ride Cancelled

NORTH FORK – Organizers of the Grizzly Century Bike Ride are saddened to announce that this year’s ride has been cancelled. “There have already been three major fires in the area this summer, making for unhealthy, smoky air for a strenuous Grizzly Century Bike Ride,” say organizers, “and the likelihood of more fires is quite high.” They also note that ...

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Multi-Car Crash Near Broken Bit Blocks Highway 41

COARSEGOLD – A multiple-vehicle crash in front of the Broken Bit just north of Coarsegold on Highway 41, tied up traffic for over an hour this evening. Just after 6 p.m., reports came in of several cars involved in an accident, with one of the vehicles on fire. CHP responded to the scene, and a full wildland fire dispatch was ...

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John West Juvenile Arsonist And Family Leave Town

MADERA – The juvenile who started 13 fires in the John West Road area of Oakhurst in 2014 appeared with his family in Madera Superior Court today, with bags packed. Immediately following a court hearing this morning, where he faced charges of violating last November’s court orders, the teenage arsonist and his family left the county and moved to southern ...

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Smoke Blankets Central Sierra From 60,000 Acre Rough Fire

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – The Rough Fire continues to smother the Central Sierra in thick smoke, causing at least one false alarm for local firefighters this morning as a fire was called in on Road 224 in North Fork. After making contact with the person reporting the fire, crews determined that the smoke from the Rough Fire was the cause ...

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Coulterville Man Arrested On Marijuana Charges

MARIPOSA COUNTY – A 27-year-old man has been arrested for illegally growing marijuana after a multi-agency investigation culminates in the Coulterville area. On Aug. 27, deputies and detectives from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, along with officers from the Mariposa County Probation Department and Yosemite National Park Special Response Team, investigated an illegal marijuana growing ring by serving search warrants ...

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Rough Fire nears 56,000 Acres, Smoke Still Impacts Mountain Area

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – The Rough Fire has now grown to 55,989 acres with 25 percent containment, and continues to blanket the Central Sierra with smoke, especially in the morning hours. With slight changes in weather patterns, expect to see heavy concentrations of smoke in the western foothills and areas within the Kings River Canyon until mid-afternoon. This evening, smoke ...

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Master Gardeners Say Water Your Prized Oaks

MARIPOSA COUNTY – “Give an oak a chance,” said Mariposa County Master Gardener Coordinator Kris Randal, for whom oaks are a passion. That chance includes giving them some water during our record drought, contrary to most previous advice. She and Greg Giusti, a forest and wildlands ecology advisor for Lake and Mendocino counties, are offering guidelines for keeping oaks from ...

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Last Weekend For Mariposa Evenings In The Art Park

MARIPOSA – This is the last weekend of the 2015 season of Mariposa Evenings – the free, live summer concert series brought to you by The Mariposa County Arts Council and its many fine sponsors – on the green, at The Art Park in historic, in downtown Mariposa. This weekend will feature the debut of two unique and eclectic groups: ...

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Minor Charged In Willow Fire Under House Arrest

MADERA – The juvenile who was charged with two felonies for starting the Willow Fire appeared in court today while in custody of the Madera County Juvenile Detention Facility. The minor, through his attorney, waived time for the jurisdictional hearing originally scheduled for Friday, Aug. 28, for the purposes of obtaining a psychological evaluation for the Court. The minor will ...

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