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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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Some Bass Lake Ranger District Campgrounds Closed In 2017

NORTH FORK — The unprecedented tree mortality in the Sierra National Forest has created a high number of hazard trees within the Bass Lake Ranger District’s campgrounds. In recognition of how important a role these campgrounds are to the community, county, valley and beyond, select campgrounds will continue to operate under a reservation system for the entire season, says the ...

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Update On Flooding And Evac Advisories In The Foothills

MADERA COUNTY — The Cedar Valley area remains impacted by rains, says the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. An evacuation advisory is still in effect for Lakeside Drive south of the Fire Station, Deer Run Trail Road, Lazy Oak Drive, and Cedar Place. Residents in these areas should be prepared to evacuate immediately if conditions change. The east side of Church Street ...

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Hazardous Driving Conditions Across Eastern Madera County

CENTRAL SIERRA — Mud slides, roadway flooding, evacuation warnings, and trees falling across roadways are just some of the emergencies to which firefighters, CHP, Sheriff’s deputies, PG&E, Caltrans and County Roads are responding today. Currently there are dangerous road conditions in the following areas of Eastern Madera County: Road 274 at Marina View – mud/debris in roadway Highway 41 on ...

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Public Meeting On Measure L Cancelled Due To Flooding

MADERA COUNTY — The public forum on Measure L scheduled for tonight in Yosemite Lakes Park has been cancelled due to flooding at the YLP Clubhouse. The meeting will be rescheduled. There are several public meetings scheduled over the next two weeks that will allow residents to learn more about the proposed Public Safety Sales Tax known as Measure L: ...

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Flash Flood Warning For Central Sierra

CENTRAL SIERRA — The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a Flash Flood Warning for central Mariposa County, central Madera County, east-central Merced County, southern Tuolumne County, northwestern Tulare County, central Fresno County, effective until 2:45 p.m. today. Local law enforcement officials have reported flooding due to heavy rain across the area. Estimated rainfall rates are one-quarter to one-half ...

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Celebrated Western Songwriter Dave Stamey At Coolwater Ranch

AHWAHNEE — Eight time winner of WMA Entertainer of the Year Award, and recent inductee into the Western Music Hall of Fame, Dave Stamey paints lyrical images of the West through song, music and humor. Stamey will be taking the stage at Coolwater Ranch on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m., and passes are now available. Stamey has been bucked ...

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