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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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Eastern Madera County Job Fair In Oakhurst

OAKHURST — The Workforce Development Board of Madera County invites businesses to participate in the upcoming Eastern Madera County Job Fair. The job fair is on Thursday, Mar. 23, at the Oakhurst Community Center, located at 39800 Road 425B. Looking to fill immediate vacancies? Looking to build a pool of applicants for future job openings? Interested in the resources and ...

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Winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect

CENTRAL SIERRA — A winter storm warning remains in effect for the Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon – Tulare County Mountains, until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for areas above 7,000 feet. Heavy snow and blowing snow are expected, with accumulations of 20 to 40 inches from Kings Canyon ...

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Flood Watch Continues For The Central Sierra

CENTRAL SIERRA — A Flood Watch remains in effect from 10 p.m. this evening through Tuesday morning, Feb. 21, says the National Weather Service in Hanford. The Flood Watch is for portions of central California including the following areas: Madera, Mariposa, and Fresno County foothills East Central San Joaquin Valley Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon Tulare County Foothill ...

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Share Your Thoughts On Tree Mortality

EASTERN MADERA COUNTY — A local graduate student is conducting a survey to help understand public perceptions of tree mortality in Eastern Madera County. Everyone is invited to please take just 10 minutes to help this dedicated student complete an important class project. All responses are confidential. Thank you for your participation! Please click here to take the 10 minute ...

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Flash Flood Watch Issued For The Central Sierra

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA — The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a Flash Flood Watch for a wide area of the central and southern Sierra from 4 a.m. today through 4 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18. A strong and moist Pacific storm will bring widespread rain to much of the area Friday. Periods of moderate to heavy rain will lead ...

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County Spends 64% Of Discretionary Budget On Protection

MADERA COUNTY — As residents consider their vote on Measure L, the proposed Public Safety Tax scheduled for the Mar. 7 special election, many are questioning the information they’re getting and want answers from the County clarifying details of the measure. We contacted the County to get their response to questions we’ve received from the public, and to assertions put ...

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Firefighter Says He’s Against Taxes But For Measure L

Guest Column by Chris Christopherson — As a resident and conservative I am against taxes as much as anyone. But we have come to a crossroads when it comes to the staffing of our County Fire Department. Madera County began a Cooperative agreement with CAL FIRE to manage the County Fire Dept. in 1928. This is the longest Cooperative relationship ...

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Public Forums On Measure L This Week In The Mountain Area

EASTERN MADERA COUNTY — The campaign committee, Citizens, Firefighters, & Deputies for Measure L is holding a series of public safety forums in Madera County to discuss the proposed Madera County Public Safety Sales Tax, titled Measure L, scheduled for a special election on Mar. 7. The forums will include speakers who represent citizens, Madera County firefighters and sheriff’s deputies. ...

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Firefighters Say We’re Gambling With People’s Lives

OAKHURST – “As residents of this county we’ve been gambling that nobody in our public safety ranks would lose their life in the line of duty, and we can’t keep going on like we’ve been going.” These are the sentiments expressed by firefighters and sheriff’s deputies as they gathered today at the old Blockbuster in Oakhurst before heading out to ...

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