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HOW Dinner Honors Sharlene Williams

UPDATE: July 19, 2017 from HOW organizers: Due to the evacuations from Mariposa and the fallout from the fire, we are postponing tonight’s dinner. We will be honoring Sharlene Williams next month instead. Thank you for understanding and we look forward to seeing you all next month.  AHWAHNEE – The nonprofit women’s group Helping One Woman (HOW) is meeting on ...

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Have You Signed Up For Emergency Alerts?

CENTRAL SIERRA – In light of the disastrous tree mortality, the profusion of vegetation (fuel!) after the winter rains, and the large number of fires already this season, it is imperative for all people who live or work in Madera and Mariposa Counties – especially those in the foothills – to register or update their information for emergency contact. Madera ...

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Extreme Heat Risk This Weekend

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY — A Heat Advisory is in effect from 1 p.m. Friday, July 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 8, for a target area that includes the San Joaquin Valley, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Temperatures are expected to range between 103 to 107 degrees at the height of the heat. A Heat Advisory ...

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YHS Hosts Softball Clinic With Josh Taylor and Brianne Durfee

OAKHURST — Yosemite High School will host a Softball Clinic with YHS alum Josh Taylor. Taylor is currently the head softball coach for the University of Nevada Wolf Pack, a NCAA Division 1 program. Assisting him will be former Team USA pitcher Brianne Durfee. This is a big deal for our community and program, says YHS coach Dave Maynez. “Josh ...

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Red Flag Warning For Possible Dry Thunderstorms

MOUNTAIN AREA — The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Red Flag Warning for this afternoon and evening for the southern Sierra Nevada. Elevated fire danger is expected due to the possibility of thunderstorms across the Sierra Nevada from Yosemite National Park south to Sequoia National Park. The forecast confidence is low and the Warning has been downgraded from ...

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Sheriff’s Crime Log Through July 2

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, June 26 to Sunday, July 2, 2017: Coarsegold Coroner’s report On Monday, June 26, a deputy responded to a delayed Coroner’s case with the primary physician stipulating to the decedent’s cause of death. This is a natural death case involving only a ...

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Your Lawnmower Can Burn Down Your House

CENTRAL SIERRA – This is a firefighter. We love them. So why are you doing things that may keep them from going home to their families? For example: You’re out on your lawnmower, thinking you’re doing the right thing getting that very dry grass cut down. And then you hit a rock… It only takes one spark! Cal Fire regularly ...

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Cal Fire MMU Suspends All Burn Permits

MARIPOSA – After a wet winter, warming temperatures are quickly drying out the abundant annual grass crop. The increasing fire danger posed by the high volume of dead grass and hotter, drier conditions in the region is prompting Cal Fire to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Madera, Mariposa and Merced Counties. ...

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Firefighters Get A Handle On Church Fire In Oakhurst

OAKHURST — A fire behind a local church caused resources to be diverted from the Ben Fire, burning not far away in Mariposa County. Punishing drops from the air helped crews on the ground get a handle on the situation in short order. Just after 1:30 p.m. today firefighters were called to respond to reports of a fire burning behind ...

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Church Fire Burning Behind Sierra Pines Church

OAKHURST — Just after 1:30 p.m. today crews were called to respond to reports of a fire burning behind Sierra Pines Church in the Oakhurst/Ahwahnee area, off of Highway 49 at the cross of Vista del Rio. First engine on scene reported the fire at five acres with a moderate rate of spread. Structures out in front are threatened, and ...

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