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Employees Evacuated From Yosemite Valley

YOSEMITE — A mandatory evacuation notice has been issued for all non-essential personnel for the Yosemite Valley as of 4 p.m. today, according to a notice issued by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. “This decision was made based on high projected water levels and the high likelihood of utility system failures,” states the notice. “The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office is ...

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Search Continues For Bank Robbery Suspects

OAKHURST — We are receiving updated information from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office concerning the active search for two suspects following a reported bank robbery this afternoon. At about 4:30 p.m., Madera County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Central Valley Community Bank on Highway 41 in Oakhurst for a reported robbery. According to the Sheriff’s Office, one white male adult ...

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Deputies And CHP Search For Suspected Bank Robber

OAKHURST — Law enforcement is actively searching for a white newer model Toyota Tacoma after a robbery was reported at Central Valley Bank at Highways 41 at 49. Just before 5 p.m., deputies and CHP officers began searching for the pickup described as a 4-door with tinted windows, no tailgate, a chrome bumper and a tow hitch. The vehicle may ...

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All Roads Into Yosemite Valley To Close Today

YOSEMITE — All roads leading into Yosemite Valley will close today at 5 p.m. in anticipation of a significant winter storm moving into the region early tomorrow morning, Saturday, Jan. 7. There will be no visitor services available throughout the storm. Visitors intending to visit Yosemite National Park are highly encouraged to monitor weather reports and check road conditions before ...

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Sandbags Available For Mariposa County Residents

MARIPOSA — The Sheriff’s Office is notifying Mariposa County residents that they can pick up sand and sandbags at two local Mariposa County Fire Stations. Locations are Mormon Bar Station 27 at 4621 Highway 49 South in Mariposa, and Don Pedro Station 24 located at 9729 Merced Falls Road, Don Pedro. Residents will need to bring their own shovel to ...

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Boulder Crashes Into Truck On Deadwood

OAKHURST — Both lanes of Highway 41 south of Oakhurst was closed for over an hour this afternoon after a large boulder dislodged from the embankment and struck the trailer of a southbound big rig. The 2010 Freightliner was hit in the rear axle, according to CHP as the scene, and the force of the blow knocked it off its ...

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Highway 41 Closed Just South Of Oakhurst

OAKHURST — At about 1:15 p.m., CHP responded to an accident on Highway 41 just south of Victoria Lane due to a boulder falling onto a semi-truck. Reports are that another big rig was hit by the truck after it was struck by the boulder. Both lanes were blocked, and remained closed until about 2:20 p.m, when the roadway was ...

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North Fork Loses Beloved Citizen Zelda Whitener

NORTH FORK — Friends, family and the entire community of North Fork are mourning the loss of a much beloved citizen, Zelda Whitener. According to friend Mary Lou Barr, Zelda passed away this afternoon after a battle with cancer. She was 87 years old. “She was a faithful worker in the Thrift Shop at Grace Community Church, and was a ...

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Flooding Projected, Weather May Prompt Yosemite Closure

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park is making preparations for visitor and employee safety in response to weather reports predicting significant precipitation, and possible flooding, over the next several days and through the weekend. The predictions for significant rainfall in Yosemite Valley, well above flood stage on the Merced River, could prompt the park to be closed in the next few ...

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Live Power Lines And Vehicle Accidents – How To Survive

CALIFORNIA — Most people would not know what to do in the event of a vehicle accident that involves live power lines. Understanding the dangers and taking specific precautions could save your life. PG&E urges motorists who are in an accident involving power lines to follow these important instructions. If your vehicle comes into contact with a downed power line: ...

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