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Tourists Spend Night Trapped In Wreck After Yosemite Trip

TUOLUMNE COUNTY — A group outing to Yosemite yesterday ended with a Search and Rescue mission for the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office and CHP, and a harrowing night for three women who crashed their SUV down a steep embankment. On Monday morning, a group of 10 German tourists left San Francisco for a day of sightseeing in Yosemite National Park. ...

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Help Decide How Federal Dollars Are Spent

CLOVIS – The Fresno County/Madera County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is seeking applications from interested citizens who would like to join a committee to provide guidance for Federal dollars to be used in each of the two Counties. President Clinton signed into law the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act of 2000. This Act was designed to restore ...

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250K Gallons Lost In Oakhurst Water Main Break

OAKHURST — A water main broke overnight in the Oakhurst/Sierra Lakes portion of customers served by Hillview Water Company, sending about 250,000 gallons of water spewing away and compromising service to between 500-600 area residents. Hillview Water received a report at 4:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, that a ten-inch seamless pipe had broken, causing a 20-foot lateral split and releasing ...

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Calling Local Heroes To Become Paid Call Firefighters

Written by Maureen Walling — MADERA COUNTY — When disaster strikes, be it fire, accident or a medical emergency, we all count on our firefighters to be there in minutes to render aid. But what happens if the nearest fire station has no one available to respond? What if the station in your area is closed because there are no ...

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Residents Fight Back Against Airbnb In Their Neighborhood

NORTH FORK — Residents on Cascadel Heights Drive are taking their case to the Grand Jury, after what they say have been months of futile efforts to compel the County to enforce zoning regulations and stop allowing Airbnb’s to operate in their mountain neighborhood. Airbnb bills itself as a “trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique ...

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Crab Cakes Sold To Charles Street Dinner House Owners

OAKHURST — Crab Cakes Family Seafood Restaurant is in the process of being sold to new owners from across the bridge in Mariposa. Crab Cakes’ owner Roman Zabicki confirmed this morning that he and wife Laura have sold their locals’ favorite family restaurant to Raymond and Jennifer Newman. The Newmans own the Charles Street Dinner House in Mariposa. Roman said that ...

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Cal Fire Suspends Campfires & Outdoor Smoking On SRA

MARIPOSA – Due to the “extreme menace of wildfire and its potential to destroy life, property and natural resources,” Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) Chief Nancy Koerperich has suspended certain activities within the State Responsibility Area (SRA), including campfires and outdoor smoking. Due to current and predicted fire weather, the lack of precipitation, the dryness of vegetation, and the increased fire activity, ...

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PG&E Offers Debris Removal At Epicenter Of Tree Mortality Crisis

SAN FRANCISCO — As woody debris piles up from dead trees killed by drought and bark beetle infestation, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has launched an expanded debris management program to support its customers in 10 counties severely impacted by California’s growing tree mortality emergency. PG&E is offering the expanded debris removal program to customers in Kern, Tulare, Fresno, Madera, ...

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Mono Tribe Clears Final Hurdle To Conduct Class III Gaming

NORTH FORK – The Tribal Council of the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians announced today that Acting Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Lawrence Roberts has “issued Secretarial Procedures,” meaning that effective today, July 29, the Tribe can conduct Class III Gaming on their trust land located in the County of Madera. Though they are not ready ...

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North Fork Biomass Plant Begins Accepting Logs

NORTH FORK — The North Fork Biomass Disposal Facility has now begun accepting hazard log biomass to help address the tree mortality issues in Madera County. On Friday, July 22, the Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation and Development Council (Y/S RC&D Council) initiated the soft open of the facility at the North Fork Mill Site, which will store and process hazardous logs ...

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