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$25 Million At Stake For Oakhurst In Tuesday’s Primary

MADERA COUNTY — There’s a lot at stake for the foothills when citizens head to the polls on Tuesday, June 7. One of the big issues on the ballot for this primary is Measure C. If at least 55 percent of voters mark their ballots “yes” on Measure C, the proposed bond will generate $485 million to address improvements and other needs for community ...

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Blasting On CA-41 Passing Lanes Resumes Monday

MADERA COUNTY — The Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has released the current schedule for potential construction-related travel delays during work on the CA-41 passing lanes project. Caltrans’ Cory Burkarth says that the next blast on the project is scheduled for Monday, Jun. 6, at an as-yet undetermined time between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. As of today, Burkarth adds, no decision has ...

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County Elections Resends Undelivered Absentee Ballots

MADERA COUNTY — Following reports yesterday that some residents are still awaiting the arrival of their absentee ballots, which have yet to show up in their mailboxes, Registrar of Voters Rebecca Martinez stated today that additional vote‐by‐mail ballots were issued to voters in light of the mix-up. “The County’s longtime printing vendor mistakenly addressed a number of ballot envelopes with ...

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Blasting Continues On CA-41 Passing Lanes Project

MADERA COUNTY — Blasting continues this week on a section of CA-41 where construction is ongoing to add passing lanes. The Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced last week that the project  is progressing ahead of schedule, with about half as many blast days required originally thought. 40 days were once planned for what is turning out to look more like ...

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Have You Received Your Absentee Ballot Yet?

MADERA COUNTY — With the June 7th election fast approaching, and the desire to participate at record highs across the state, some residents are still awaiting the arrival of their absentee ballots, which have yet to show up in their mailboxes. A call to the Madera County Elections Division shed some light on the issue, and offered solutions for those ...

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Update On Yosemite Roads For Memorial Day

YOSEMITE — As folks head for Yosemite National Park this weekend, they’re wanting to know about road closures, so we made the call. As of 10 p.m. on Thursday evening, May 26, we can report that all roads in the park are open without restrictions, according to the NPS website, with the exception of the Mariposa Grove Road, which is ...

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Yosemite Half Dome Cables To Open On Friday

YOSEMITE – The cables on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be in place and open for the season on Friday, May 27, as scheduled. The cables provide access to the summit of Half Dome, one of Yosemite’s most popular hikes. Visitors are required to have a permit to ascend the Half Dome cables seven days per week. The ...

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Cal Fire Increases Staffing Over Memorial Day

SACRAMENTO – Cal Fire is increasing its firefighting staffing as windy conditions are predicted to elevate fire danger across many areas of California. With many Californians planning to recreate outdoors for the Memorial Day weekend, Cal Fire is asking the public to take steps to prevent sparking a new wildfire. According to the National Weather Service many parts of California ...

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Update On Yosemite Road Closures

YOSEMITE — A call to the Yosemite Road Conditions phone number this morning reveals one big change. As of Wednesday, May 25, at 10 a.m., Tioga Pass — which was opened on May 18 and closed again last weekend due to weather — remains closed just east of Crane Flat. However, Glacier Point Road has been reopened, according to the ...

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Clovis Woman Pleads Not Guilty In Fatal Crash

MADERA COUNTY — The Clovis woman accused of causing the death of Frederico Nunez Silva while driving intoxicated was arraigned today in Madera Superior Court. She pleaded not guilty to all three felony counts and one misdemeanor charge. Candice Ooley, 23, was arrested on Friday, May 20, after she crashed into the back of a Hummer in which Silva, 47, ...

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