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Here's What Your Firefighters Have Been Up To This Week

MADERA COUNTY – We all know that when we dial 911, someone is going to come and help. Whether it’s a fire, or a wreck or someone suffering a heart attack, our local firefighters and EMTs are there to respond. So who are these people? When you come across an accident or a fire, you see lots of big red ...

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Learn About Another Culture – Host A Foreign Exchange Student

ST. PAUL, MINN. – U.S. representatives of an international student exchange network are seeking qualified for local families willing to host young people from overseas, for a period of 5 to10 months, beginning in the fall. Applications for hosting are available now through Nacel Open Door, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to international understanding and language education. Nacel Open Door ...

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First Death From Flu In Madera County

MADERA COUNTY – Public Health Director Van Do-Reynoso is reporting that one person has died in Madera County due to the flu, and encourages everyone to take precautions and get vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta say that this is one of the worst flu seasons ever. The best protection against the flu is a flu ...

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Huell Charmed Everyone At The Sugar Pine Railroad

Submitted by Dale Clugston FISH CAMP – His interviewing style has many descriptions. Traditional and unflashy, awestruck curiosity and a relentless enthusiasm. I agree with all of that and maybe a couple of more. He was genuine and a true gentleman. I met Huell Howser when he visited the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad several years ago. Huell showed up ...

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Chukchansi Sues Governor, U.S. Gov’t Over Mono Casino

MADERA COUNTY – The filing of two lawsuits by the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians may cost a lot more than lawyer’s fees and court costs. It may mean the loss of upwards of $20 million in payments if and when the North Fork Mono Tribe builds their casino. When the governor signed the compact between the State of California ...

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What Will You Do When The Power Goes Out?

Submitted by Dave Wolin It may not seem like it, but we live in a dangerous area. At any moment, the Long Valley Caldera and Mammoth Mountain could explode, decimating Central California. We’re only 100 miles from the San Andreas fault; a major earthquake could destroy most of Madera County. A fire like the Harlow Fire of 1961 could wipe ...

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New Year's Resolutions Are Nothing New

Every year, Americans make resolutions about how they will tackle some perceived personal short-coming in the new year. We wondered how this tradition came to be, and found some interesting history around the web. We also heard from S|N|O readers about what they’ll be up to in 2013. The ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of ...

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Elder Orphans Program Launches Calling Service

MADERA COUNTY – More than a dozen Elder Orphans clients will begin receiving their first telephonic welfare checks today, Dec. 20, says Sheriff John Anderson. Elder Orphans is a program designed by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office to provide older folks living alone with some peace of mind. Clients can rest assured that someone will know if they need help, ...

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Mountain Area Warming Centers Are Open

MADERA COUNTY – The County of Madera has established three different Warming Centers in the mountain area, for those seeking comfortable sanctuary during times of extreme winter cold. In Oakhurst, the Sierra Senior Center, located at 49111 Cinder Lane, just behind the Oakhurst Community Center, will be open as a warming center Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 1 ...

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Madera County Weighs Water Issues

MADERA COUNTY – What would happen if the County were to sell your water district to a private company? Madera County has been exploring all the options to help improve service and upgrade systems in the County’s special water districts. To assist in developing a plan for the best course of action, the Board of Supervisors appointed a special committee ...

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