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Yosemite National Park Lifts Fire Restrictions

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park has lifted the fire restrictions in the park. The onset of cooler temperatures and the recent rainfall have reduced fire danger. Campfires are once again permitted in the Yosemite Wilderness below 6,000 feet in elevation. The fire restrictions were implemented in July after continued hot and dry weather conditions resulted in very high fire danger. ...

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One-Way Traffic Control Starts Tuesday On SR-41

COUNTY – Caltrans says maintenance crews will conduct one-way traffic reversing control operations beginning Tuesday, Oct. 27 along State Route (SR) 41 just north of Yosemite Lakes Park at Ruby Creek located south of Coarsegold, starting at 8:30 a.m. and going until 2:30 p.m. The operations are necessary, according to Caltrans, in order to conduct shoulder and drainage repairs along ...

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Madera County Public Works Director Resigns

MADERA COUNTY – Madera County Public Works Director Johannes J. Hoevertsz announced Thursday, Oct. 22, that he will be leaving Madera County to pursue a new professional opportunity in Sonoma County. “This decision was not easy as I love my job and the work that we have accomplished as a team in Madera County,” Hoevertsz said. “However, this job opportunity ...

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Residents Can Face Fines For Illegal Burns

O’NEALS – For anyone considering lighting off a debris pile while a burn ban remains in effect across the state, be on notice that the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) takes these violations very seriously. They also see them as a good opportunity to educate the public. After a full wildland fire dispatch was called up to ...

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Expect Delays On Highway 41 South Of Oakhurst

OAKHURST – Motorists are experiencing delays just south of Oakhurst over Deadwood as Cal Trans conducts repair work on Highway 41. According to Cal Trans, after several years of much needed road work, they will be conducting repair operations today (Thursday, Oct. 15), tomorrow, Monday and possibly Tuesday, if needed, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  One-way ...

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Changes At The Madera County Sheriff’s Office

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff Varney today announced a reorganization of administrative duties within the Madera County Sheriff’s Office command staff. The formation of a Professional Standards Division is one of the significant changes in the reorganization. This unit will be overseen by Lieutenant Darin McMechan and will be responsible for departmental training, the personnel selection process, and Internal Affairs investigations. ...

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Public Meeting On Italian Bar Road Bridge Replacement

NORTH FORK  – Fresno County is hosting a public workshop to discuss the Italian Bar Road Bridge Replacement Project. The bridge connects Madera and Fresno Counties over the San Joaquin River just north of Redinger Lake. An Open House is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22, at the North Fork Elementary School cafeteria, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be ...

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Have A Voice In How Federal Dollars Are Spent

CLOVIS – The Fresno County and Madera County Resource Advisory Committees (RAC) are 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 ...

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County Permits In Place For Three New Oakhurst Hotels

OAKHURST – After much excitement and activity last year surrounding the building of three new hotels on Highway 41 in Oakhurst, things ground to a halt. On Friday, Sept. 26, developer Paul Patel pulled permits at the County and will able to proceed with the project, according to Madera County Building Official Harry Hinton. “Mr. Patel has the permits he ...

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Hundreds Turn Out To Honor Frank Verduzco

NORTH FORK – Fire engines, squads, water tenders, ambulances and patrol units lined Road 222 yesterday as Battalion Chiefs, CHP officers, Sheriff’s deputies, Citizens of Patrol, Auxiliary members and firefighters from as far away as Chowchilla turned out to pay their respects to 43-year veteran of Madera County Fire Department Station 11, Frank Verduzco. The main street of North Fork ...

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