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High Winds Spread Burn Piles Above North Fork

NORTH FORK — A large plume of smoke above North Fork is a fire resulting from last night’s wind event which increased activity on large burn piles on the Sierra National Forest. During the rain about a week ago, several large tractor piles – made up of dead trees from the tree mortaility work done by SNF crews last year ...

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High Winds Topple Trees, Block Roadways In Bass Lake Area

BASS LAKE — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office has issued an MCAlert due to high winds in the Bass Lake area. Multiple trees have been reported blocking roadways along Roads 222, 426, 432 and 274. Power lines are also down in some areas, with several reports of trees falling across homes, one sparking a fire. The Sheriff’s Office is advising ...

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Mariposa Arts Council Exhibits Married Artists’ Work

MARIPOSA — The Mariposa County Arts Council invites the public to the opening reception of UNION: Work from the Treetop Gallery’s Married Artists on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Treetop Gallery located in historic downtown Mariposa. This special exhibition will feature the work of painter Charlotte Hoffman and photographer David Hoffman, ceramicists Patti and Malcolm ...

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Deputies Require Medical Attention After Possible HazMat Exposure

OAKHURST — A response to a call regarding possible stolen property resulted in two Madera County Sheriff’s deputies being transported for medical treatment. This morning at approximately 8:32 a.m, deputies arrived at Oakhurst Self Storage on Winding Way to investigate reports of possible stolen property. Shortly before 10 a.m., two of the responding deputies began exhibiting the type of symptoms ...

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Matthiessen Showcases “Birds of Australia” In Audubon Program

Contributed by Len McKenzie, YAAS — Australia, the land “Down Under,” is an island, a country (the world’s sixth largest geographically), and a continent (the world’s smallest). Having no land borders, the Australian mainland —“the lowest, flattest and oldest continental landmass on Earth”— and its satellite islands collectively boast more than 37,000 miles of coastline, embracing an impressive diversity of ...

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Christmas Bird Counts Scheduled In The Central Sierra

Contributed by Len McKenzie, YAAS — The arrival of December heralds a number of holiday traditions and festive celebrations. Among the traditions for birding enthusiasts is the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, when thousands of intrepid observers throughout the western hemisphere take to the field for one day to make a record of all the birds they see and hear. ...

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To The Editor: Linn Resolution A Dog And Pony Show

Demonstrating fortitude and professionalism, DA Dave Linn spoke during public comment at the special meeting of the Madera Board of Supervisors which was scheduled solely to vote on a “Resolution” to compel DA Linn to resign over allegations of misconduct. During public comment, one individual questioned why the Board paid out thousands of dollars in harassment settlements for a department ...

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Man Ends Up In Court Over Escaped Control Burn

MADERA COUNTY — A judgment handed down in Bass Lake Superior court today is a good reminder that citizens are responsible when their burn piles get away from them. A resident who lives in the 28000 block of Road 400 appeared before Judge Charles Wieland today in a case that involved an escaped burn on Nov. 3. The man admitted ...

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Minarets Road To Be Closed For Storm Damage Repairs

CLOVIS — Last winter’s storms brought much needed rain and snow to the Sierra Nevada, creating a significant amount of runoff, causing several roads on the Sierra National Forest (NF) to sustain considerable damage due the runoff from those storms. Sierra NF engineers recently awarded a contract to repair damage to Minarets Road (Mammoth Pool Road, Forest Road 4S81). Minarets ...

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Body Of Missing Man Located In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park Rangers have positively identified the remains of Gerardo Cruz Hernandez, from Santa Barbara, Calif., who has been missing since last seen at Glacier Point on Nov. 17. When Hernandez was reported missing, Park Rangers, with the aid of search dogs and a CHP helicopter, launched an extensive search looking for him. The search has been ...

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