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Sheriff’s Crime Log Through Jan. 31

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Jan. 24 to Jan. 31, 2016: Oakhurst burglary On Sunday, Jan. 24 at 7:24 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to the parking lot at the intersection of Highway 41 and Road 222 regarding a vehicle burglary. Report taken. Case to be closed. Oakhurst ...

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Cal Fire Awards Grants in High Tree Mortality Areas

SACRAMENTO – Three agencies in Madera and Mariposa Counties that are dedicated to fire safety and resource conservation have been awarded over half-a-million dollars in grants for projects designed to address the massive tree mortality across the area. Cal Fire announced Monday it has awarded 19 State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund grants in six counties that have been greatly ...

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Elegant Valentines Dinner & Dance At The Studio

NORTH FORK — Plan now for an elegant evening as the North Fork Studio presents their 4th annual Valentines Dinner & Dance on Sunday, Feb. 14. Don your finest attire, make a date with your valentine, and dance to the music of the Sierra Jazz Band. Everyone is invited to gather at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m., ...

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Woman Found Deceased At Bass Lake Identified

OAKHURST — A woman found deceased at Bass Lake yesterday has been identified by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Initial findings reveal no signs of foul play in the death of Viola Gillespie, 48, of Oakhurst, according to the Sheriff. “The investigation into the circumstances leading up to her death will continue and an autopsy has been scheduled to determine ...

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Body Found In Bass Lake On Saturday

BASS LAKE — Shortly before 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, Madera County Sheriff’s deputies located the body of a 48-year-old female in Bass Lake near Mallard Drive. The cause of death is under investigation but there is currently no indication of foul play, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Additional details and official information will be released shortly, and we ...

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Pets Perish In Oakhurst Structure Fire

OAKHURST — Firefighters were called out just after 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, for reports of a residential structure fire on Dorstan Lane, just off Road 222. When crews arrived they found a travel trailer fully engulfed in flames, which were quickly spreading to a nearby storage building. The fire also ignited a large cedar tree next to the ...

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“American Pickers” Wants Your Rusty Treasures

CALIFORNIA — If you have a collection of rusty treasures, or know someone who does, here’s the perfect opportunity to be “picked” by the best! California is excited to welcome Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and Antique Archeology to the area. The team will film episodes of their hit series American Pickers throughout California. Filming is scheduled for March 2016. American ...

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Wild Weekend Weather

MOUNTAIN AREA — A winter storm warning and hazardous weather conditions could mean up to two feet of snow in the high country, while rain, possible thunderstorms and snowfall are anticipated in the lower elevations this weekend. A flash flood watch issued for the Sierra Nevada and adjacent foothills has been canceled as of mid-morning Saturday, Jan. 30. Click on ...

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Winter Storm Watch Friday Through Sunday

MOUNTAIN AREA — The National Weather Service (NWS) in Hanford is reporting that our next storm system will start to hit the Central California Interior beginning late Friday and continue into the weekend. The exact track and timing are still uncertain, say the experts, but this system has the potential to bring hazardous impacts to the region. Snow is likely ...

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Yosemite Defends 22-Year Streak ACADEC Title

Submitted by Kristi Winter MADERA COUNTY — The 34th Annual Madera County Academic Decathlon competition begins on Friday, Jan. 29, as local high school students will compete in the interview and essay competitions at Madera County Office of Education. Yosemite High School, Chawanakee Academy, Chowchilla High, Liberty High, Madera High, Madera South High and will be competing to be named ...

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