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Sheriff Seeks Civic-Minded Residents For Hazard Plan Update

MADERA COUNTY — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services (Sheriff’s OES) invites the public to get involved in helping your community be hazard-ready. Your participation is requested in updating the Sheriff’s OES 2011 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan on Wednesday, Mar. 15. Floods, drought, wildfires, earthquakes, and severe weather are just a few of the hazards of concern to ...

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Downtown North Fork Welcomes New Youth Center

NORTH FORK – Kids in North Fork will soon have a place to gather for tutoring, mentoring, video games, homework or just hanging out. Kory and Mallory Nunez, along with a group of dedicated volunteers, are hard at work in the new Public Coffee House, next door to the North Fork Hardware Store, where they will realize the dream of ...

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Registration Open For Yosemite’s NatureBridge Summer Teen Program

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — NatureBridge is dedicated to building future scientists and leaders. It is the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service, and registration is now open for the Summer Field Research Course at its Yosemite campus. This two-week immersive backcountry expedition will give participants the opportunity to conduct field science investigations in one of the ...

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Madera County Votes No On Public Safety Measure

MADERA COUNTY — With all of the votes counted, the citizens of the unincorporated areas of Madera County have voted “no” on Measure L — a one-cent sales tax that would have been dedicated to fire protection and the Sheriff’s Office. The vote was 44 percent voting yes, and 56 percent voting no. A two-thirds majority was needed for the ...

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Vote On Measure L – Special Election This Tuesday

MADERA COUNTY — The polls will be open on Tuesday, Mar. 7, for residents of the unincorporated areas of Madera County to vote on Measure L — a one-cent public safety sales tax to fund the Fire Department and the Sheriff’s Office. On Election Day, the polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. See below for ...

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Letter to the Editor: Why I’m Against Measure L

Weighing heavy on the hearts and minds of Measure L opponents is the question, Are our brave fire fighters being used as emotional pawns in a sensational money grab? They march to the siren song of promise that things will get better.. .but do they have enough knowledge of the political history of the Board or the County, the Measure ...

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Winter Storm Warning For Sierra Nevada Mountains

SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS — The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow in the Sierra from Yosemite to Kings Canyon. The heavy snow warning is in effect from 10 p.m. Saturday to 10 p.m Sunday, with snow expected to begin Saturday evening and become heavy at times Sunday morning and afternoon, diminishing Sunday ...

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Oakhurst College Hosts Feedback Forum On New Campus

OAKHURST – Oakhurst Community College Center (OCCC) will host a community feedback forum for residents interested in providing recommendations for the educational goals and/or physical facility features they would like to see considered for the proposed new campus. Participants will have the opportunity to provide direct feedback on the expansion of instructional programs, student support services, community use and facility ...

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The History Mystery #50

RAYMOND — This month we have two items we would like folks to check out and see if they know what they are or what they were used for. They were donated by local museum visitors and came from old family homes. We have had many guesses but no definitive answer. The board item looks homemade and the green metal ...

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Yosemite National Park Works To Repair Big Oak Flat Road

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park is moving forward with repairs to the damaged Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 West) leading to Yosemite Valley. Severe storms have impacted the road and it continues to be unsafe for vehicular travel. The road has been closed since late February between Crane Valley and Foresta. The Federal Highways Administration has selected a contractor ...

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