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Madera Law Enforcement Hosts Golf Tournament

MADERA COUNTY – The Madera Sheriff’s Office and Madera Police Department are pleased to announce their first Explorer Scrambles Golf Tournament. Everyone is invited to participate in the tournament, scheduled for Saturday Aug. 15, at the Madera Municipal Golf Course located at 23200 Avenue 17 in Madera. The shotgun start of the tournament is at 8 a.m. Participants should be ...

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Four Men Charged With Growing Marijuana On National Forest

FRESNO — A federal grand jury returned an indictment today against four individuals for their involvement in a large marijuana cultivation operation on the Sierra National Forest in Madera County. United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced the charges against Francisco Javier Gomez-Rodriguez, 37, Alejandro Ramirez-Rojo, aka Alejandro Ramires, 30, and Humberto Ceballos-Rangel, 37, all citizens of Mexico, and Anthony ...

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Drone Nearly Hits SkyLife Air Ambulance

FRESNO – Another close call with a drone has put yet another aircraft in danger, this time a Fresno SkyLife helicopter with a patient on board. According to KFSN ABC30, the close encounter happened yesterday at 1,000 feet in the air, roughly two miles away from Fresno Yosemite International Airport. The pilot had to take evasive action, and the helicopter ...

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Mountain Jewish Community Shares And Celebrates

Written by Susan Rappaport – Intertwined within the larger tapestry of our Sierra foothill communities is the small strand of the Mountain Jewish Community. We are a community made up of individuals who come from diverse Jewish backgrounds with different levels of observance. Although we are scattered throughout the towns of Mariposa, Ahwahnee, Oakhurst, Coarsegold, North Fork, O Neals and ...

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CHP At Maximum Enforcement As School Starts

MOUNTAIN AREA – With school back in session across the foothills, the Oakhurst Area CHP will be at maximum enforcement this upcoming week of Aug. 17. “Throughout the Oakhurst and Coarsegold areas, we will be strongly enforcing bus safety, speed – with radar trailer deployment, seatbelts, stop signs, crosswalk safety, bicycle safety, student pick up and drop off as well ...

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Two Fires Prompt Health Caution From Air District

MOUNTAIN AREA – The smoke from two area wildfires has prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for smoke impacts in Merced, Madera, Fresno and Tulare Counties foothills and mountain areas, and the Valley portion of Kern County. The Rough Fire, burning in Fresno County near Hume Lake is now nearly 10,000 acres, and the Cabin Fire ...

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Donkey Joins The Crew On Willow Fire

LAKE HAVASU, AZ – With the stress of wildfire, it’s always great to find some fun and levity amidst the chaos, and we just couldn’t resist sharing this story. While Eastern Madera County had its own Willow Fire, there’s also one by that name burning in Arizona, and one nervous donkey found himself a bit stressed. Wild donkeys are familiar ...

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Register Now For Smokey Bear Run/Walk

BASS LAKE – The 28th annual Smokey Bear Run/Walk is fast approaching and organizers are reminding those wishing to participate to register now. This event is a highlight of the fall season at the lake and is also one of the races in the “Valley Runner of the Year” series. This year’s Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26, at Recreation ...

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Watch Black Bears In Yosemite

YOSEMITE – Hundreds of black bears make their home in Yosemite and seeing a wild bear is often the highlight of a trip to the park. As the Yosemite Conservancy describes it, “bears remind us of ourselves, and the complex relationship between bears and humans has changed over time as we strive to keep bears wild.” Yosemite Conservancy sponsors a ...

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Firefighters Quickly Handle The Musick Fire

AUBERRY – The Musick Fire, which was burning in the Jose Basin area west of Shaver Lake, is now 100 percent contained at 33 acres. The fire was reported at 12:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon on the Sierra National Forest. Quick actions and available firefighters coming from the recent Willow Fire made for an effective plan that allowed crews to ...

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