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New System Serves Those Who Live Alone

MADERA COUNTY – Every year there are countless cases of people dying alone in their homes. Sometimes it is days or even weeks before anyone knows they are gone. Sheriff John Anderson is determined to afford these citizens some dignity.

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Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

Keep your family fire-safe with this one simple step – Daylight savings time ends this Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 a.m. When you set your clocks backward one hour, please make another change that could save your life – change the batteries in your smoke alarm and your carbon monoxide alarm, says Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit Chief Nancy Koerperich.

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And The Wall's Still Tumblin' Down

COARSEGOLD – Residents of this little village along Highway 41 have been trying for years to get something done about the eyesore and potentially dangerous “Great Wall of Coarsegold,” as it has become known. Throughout the various stages of its disintegration, residents and travelers along the highway have been greeted with the sight of bulging terraces, crumbling stone, and the ...

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People Make A Difference

Guest Columnist Susie Tomlinson invites everyone to “Keep Our Mountains Beautiful – Our country is a very special place. We have many natural resources, freedom, and opportunities. Despite these great attributes, many of us take them for granted. Recently I traveled to British Columbia, Canada on vacation. While traveling in B.C. I noticed that the people of this country value ...

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Recent Rain Doesn't Mean You Can Burn

Cal Fire lifts statewide outdoor burn ban – local bans still in effect. SACRAMENTO – California’s first significant rainfall of the season, combined with cooler temperatures, has allowed Cal Fire to lift the statewide burn ban effective Monday, Oct. 22. Cal Fire had suspended all residential burn permits and various types of outdoor burning within the 31 million acres of ...

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Nikki Johnson's Essay About Her Horse Indy

When Nikki Johnson’s parents told her that her rescue horse Indy couldn’t stay with them anymore, she was devastated. Nikki’s teacher encouraged her to write an essay about this very difficult situation, and Nikki wants to share it with everyone else. Here is her story.

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A Girl And Her Horse And The Rule Of Law

NORTH FORK — When Nikki Johnson brought home her new best friend, retired race horse Indiana Jones, she had no idea that it would spark such controversy in the neighborhood. The community of Cascadel Woods has been embroiled in a bit of an upset since “Indy” came to live at the home of Russ and Sandy Johnson. Their 11-year old ...

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Authentic Yokuts Lodge At Fossil Discovery Center

CHOWCHILLA – The Fossil Discovery Center has a new exhibit that shows what life was like in California’s San Joaquin Valley thousands of years ago. At the center of the installation is a model lodge, a permanent dwelling known to have been used by the Yokuts tribe of first people, said to be the largest tribe with the largest territory ...

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Town Hall Meeting In Coarsegold Thursday

COARSEGOLD — Madera County Supervisor Tom Wheeler will host the latest in his series of town hall meetings on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Coarsegold Community Center. This is your opportunity to talk to your representative on the Madera County Board of Supervisors and let him know what matters to you. Discussion topics include:

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