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Logging Truck Crash Causes One-Way Traffic Control On Highway 49

AHWAHNEE — At approximately 9:30 on Monday, Apr. 10, authorities responded to reports of a logging truck accident in the Ahwahnee area, according to CHP. One-way traffic control remains in place on Tuesday morning as the situation involves clean-up of hazardous materials. Upon arrival yesterday, first responders on scene found an open-top logging truck weighing between 50,000-60,000 pounds had left the roadway ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Crime Log Through Apr. 9

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Apr. 3 to Sunday, Apr. 9, 2017: Oakhurst theft On Monday, Apr. 3 at 12:07 p.m., a deputy at the Oakhurst substation was dispatched to speak to a reporting party concerning a petty theft, said to have taken place on the 47000 Block of Road 620. ...

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Coolwater Ranch Concert Features Michael Chapdelaine

AHWAHNEE — Master guitarist Michael Chapdelaine is returning to Coolwater Ranch on Saturday, Apr. 15. Michael is a brilliant composer and musician, and is the only guitarist ever to win First Prize in the world’s top competitions in both the Classical and Fingerstyle genres; the Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition and the National Fingerstyle Championships at the ...

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Volunteers Needed For Miami Mountain Fire Lookout

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — Volunteers are now being recruited for the season to serve as fire lookouts on Miami Mountain. Miami Lookout is a lookout tower located just east of Nippinawasee and is staffed throughout the fire season by Forest Service Volunteers. The tower is a great asset to our mountain community because it is located in a prime location ...

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Firewood Permits Now Available On Sierra National Forest

CLOVIS – The Sierra National Forest (SNF) is now selling Personal Use Wood Cutting Permits for the Apr. 1 through Nov. 30 period. Forest Service offices in North Fork, Prather and Clovis began selling permits on Monday, Apr. 3. All permits will be valid only for the Sierra National Forest lands and do not include private property. The forest will ...

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One-Lane Traffic Control On Highway 49

OAKHURST — An accident that resulted in a hazmat situation closed down both lanes of Highway 49 this afternoon just north of Oakhurst. At about 3 p.m., John Costello, 26, of Bakersfield, was southbound in a 2005 International truck just south of Harmony Lane at a stated speed of 45-50 miles per hour, according to CHP. The truck was carrying ...

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Man Who Died Yesterday In Tractor Accident Identified

COARSEGOLD – The man who died in a tractor accident at a property along Road 400 yesterday has been identified by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Paul Ruell, 65, of Ahwahnee, was operating a tractor on a property just west of Yosemite Lakes Park when, it appears he fell off, possibly while going down an embankment, according to the Sheriff’s ...

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Relay For Life Gears Up For May 2017 Event

OAKHURST — Eastern Madera County’s Relay for Life organizers are excited to announce plans for their 2017 event, The Relay for Life will take place on Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Oak Creek Intermediate School in Oakhurst. The theme this year is “Musicals.” “Partnering with the American Cancer Society, our local community of volunteers ...

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Heavy Rains, Isolated Thunderstorms

CENTRAL SIERRA — A Winter Storm Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the Sierra Nevada above 7,000 feet, from Yosemite National Park to the Tulare and Kings county line. The watch is in effect from late Friday morning, Apr. 7 through 11 a.m. Saturday morning, Apr. 8. Hazards may include snow and blowing snow, with accumulations of ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Crime Log Through Apr. 2

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Mar. 27 to Sunday, Apr. 2, 2017: Oakhurst found property On Monday, Mar. 27 at 10:13 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to Road 427 regarding a report of found property. During the investigation the found property was collected and later logged for safe ...

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