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Chain Control In Place On Mountain Roads

CENTRAL SIERRA – Anyone taking to the mountain highways over the weekend should avoid any unwanted delays by making sure there are traction devices in their vehicle. Chain control is now in place on Highway 41 about 3.5 miles north of Cedar Springs. The location could change as conditions warrant. Chains are required on all vehicles except 4-wheel-drives with snow tires ...

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County Collects $90 Million Plus In Property Taxes

MADERA COUNTY —  “Over ninety million dollars in property tax payments were collected and posted from the December tenth property tax deadline,” reports Tracy Kennedy, Madera County Treasurer-Tax Collector. All payments were posted and balanced by Friday, Dec. 16. “That’s amazing, given that we had an extra day for taxpayers to make their payments on Monday, December 12th. All posted and ...

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North Fork Murder Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

MADERA — The woman accused in the death of North Fork resident Bonnie Hale pleaded not guilty this afternoon in Madera Superior Court. Mary O’Keefe, 63, also of North Fork, was arrested on Saturday, Dec. 18, after Bobby Hale, Jr., reportedly found his mother deceased on the patio of her home located on Road 225. O’Keefe is charged with first ...

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Delivery Truck Stolen From Sierra Seafood In Oakhurst

OAKHURST — Monday morning at Sierra Seafood has gotten off to a very rough start, as one of their four trucks has been reported stolen from their loading dock at at 40134 Enterprise Drive in Oakhurst. According to owner Joe Sweat, the day began routinely. By about 8:30 a.m. the 2015 Dodge 4500 truck was warming up in the loading dock to get its ...

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Local Youth Exhibition At The Treetop Gallery

MARIPOSA — The Mariposa County Arts Council is proud to present their annual Young Masters Youth Exhibition this February at the Treetop Gallery. This special exhibition provides youth in Mariposa an opportunity to express their ideas, narratives, and inspirations with their community through their own pieces of visual artwork. This year’s theme “Self-Portraiture” invites Mariposa’s youth to express their identity ...

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Cal Fire Offers Free Disposal Of Tree Mortality Slash

NORTH FORK — For a limited time, Eastern Madera County has access to two air curtain burners to dispose of woody slash materials, says Justine Reynolds, Program Development Manager of Yosemite/Sequoia RC&D Council. The burners were purchased by Cal Fire to travel throughout the Governor’s pre-identified High Hazard Counties. Air curtain burners are currently the best alternative to open burning, ...

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Program Offers Help For Seniors To Live Independently

MARIPOSA — The Central Valley Burn Prevention Coalition is introducing a new program geared toward senior citizens, and will schedule an event for seniors in your area upon request. The Remembering When program, developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), is centered around 16 key messages aimed at fire and fall prevention to help older adults live safely at ...

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What To Do Before The Tax Year Ends Dec. 31

WASHINGTON – As tax filing season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers there are things they should do now to get ready for filing season. For most taxpayers, Dec. 31 is the last day to take actions that will impact their 2016 tax returns. For example, charitable contributions are deductible in the year made. Donations charged to a ...

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John Leal Named SCCCD Board President

FRESNO — Board members of State Center Community College District (SCCCD) elected John Leal as board president at its December board meeting. Bobby Kahn was elected vice president and Eric Payne was elected secretary. SCCCD is governed by a board of seven trustees. The executive committee is joined by trustees Miguel Arias, Richard M. Caglia, Ronald H. Nishinaka, and newly ...

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PG&E Prepares For Heavy Wind And Rain

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA — PG&E forecasters have issued an advisory to their crews in the Yosemite, Fresno and Kern Divisions that strong winds and heavy rain are likely to occur beginning around midnight tonight and continuing until midday Friday. This storm has the potential to cause power outages for PG&E customers, particularly in mountain communities. Localized flooding is also possible. Everyone ...

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