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Volunteer Firefighter Passes Out During Medical Call

MADERA COUNTY — A volunteer firefighter, or PCF (Paid Call Firefighter) became the patient rather than the rescuer, when he lost consciousness while responding to a medical aid call in Chowchilla last night. Madera County Fire Engine 2, staffed with one PCF, responded to a 911 call for an in-home medical emergency at about 11 p.m. on Wednesday. The engine ...

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Two-Year-Old Child Missing In Mariposa

UPDATE 11:35 a.m. – Child has been located, according to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office. MARIPOSA COUNTY — Sheriff’s deputies are responding to reports of a missing two-year-old boy in the Oak Grove area of Mariposa County. The toddler was reportedly last seen at about 9:05 a.m. this morning in the 4000 block of Oak Grove Road with a German ...

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Celebrate Mariposa Storytelling Festival’s Grande Finale

By Cara Goger — MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Mariposa County Arts Council welcomes you to the 30th Annual Mariposa Storytelling Festival. This year will be the Grand Finale of this time-honored festival, featuring six acclaimed, all-time county-favorite tellers: Bil Lepp, Marilyn McPhie, David Novak, Tim Tingle, Donna Washington, and Kim Weitkamp. Click on image to enlarge. Prepare to be captivated and ...

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Supervisor Wheeler Holds Town Hall Meeting In YLP

YOSEMITE LAKES PARK — District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler will be hosting a Town Hall meeting tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Blue Heron in the YLP Clubhouse. On the agenda is a discussion of the Neighborhood Watch Program by Madera County Sheriff Sgt. Larry Rich, and a presentation on Measure L – the proposed ...

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Highway 140 Still The Only Route Into Yosemite

YOSEMITE — Vehicular access to Yosemite Valley is still only possible via Highway 140 (El Portal Road) from Mariposa. Highway 41 just south of the park entrance in Fish Camp remains closed as Caltrans works to repair the severely damaged roadway. Work had to be suspended today due to snow conditions, says Caltrans, but will resume as soon as possible. ...

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Al & Robyn Flory Are North Fork’s Citizens Of The Year

NORTH FORK — Over 100 people gathered tonight at the Town Hall to celebrate the naming of North Fork’s 2016 Citizens of the Year. Al and Robyn Flory have been nominated before for their service to the community, and this year they were chosen to take the top honors from a slate of very deserving candidates. The Flory’s moved to ...

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Two-Thirds Of Madera County Fire Stations Are Not Manned

MADERA COUNTY – Most people are likely not aware that the majority of Madera County fire stations are not manned, and sit empty until the Paid Call Firefighters (PCFs or Volunteers) assigned to those stations are called up. People also may not realize that there is only one firefighter on duty in Oakhurst, and that the first engines they see ...

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Hazard Tree Work Resumes Along Forest Roads and Trails

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – On Feb. 14, the Sierra National Forest began work on a number of roadside public safety and forest health projects in Eastern Madera and Mariposa counties. With the recent heavy rains making targeted areas inaccessible or the work too dangerous, crews had to wait for conditions to improve, and are now resuming operations. “We’re excited to ...

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Crash On Icy Curve Slows Morning Traffic On Road 200

NORTH FORK — Icy roads and speeds too fast for conditions likely contributed to a single-vehicle crash just west of Bass Fork Minit Market this morning. Just after 7 a.m., reports came in of a solo vehicle off the roadway on Road 200 just west of Hadley Road. A neighbor heard the crash and hurried to the scene to assist ...

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Madera County Sheriff Lifts Evacuation Advisories

MADERA COUNTY — The Sheriff’s Office has announced that all evacuation advisories for areas of Madera County affected by recent heavy rains, have been lifted. Residents in the low-lying areas of North Fork been under a pre-evacuation advisory since Monday. Everyone living in areas prone to flooding is cautioned to remain vigilant as rains are forecast to return by the ...

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