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One Admits Guilt, One Denies In Oakhurst Vandalism Case

MADERA COUNTY — One of two juvenile females accused of vandalizing vehicles at the home of a Yosemite High School soccer coach in Oakhurst has admitted to her part in the alleged crimes, while another continues to deny everything. Both teens appeared in Madera County Juvenile Court on Friday, Mar. 25. According to Madera County District Attorney David Linn, the ...

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Adam McEwen Named Deputy of the Year

MADERA COUNTY — Sheriff Jay Varney is proud to announce that Detective Adam McEwen has been selected to be the 2016 Deputy of the Year. Detective McEwen is currently serving as the Ag Crimes Detective. He was hired in 2002 and worked as a Patrol Deputy, and was promoted to a Field Training Officer in 2006, where he served until ...

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Madera County Continues PCF Recruitment Efforts

BONADELLE RANCHOS – With another fire season rapidly approaching, Madera County Fire Department is struggling county-wide to shore up its dwindling numbers of volunteer/Paid Call Firefighters (PCFs). In an effort to bolster the PCF ranks, a recruitment event and open house was held Saturday at Madera County Fire Company 19 in Bonadelle Ranchos. According to Co. 19 PCF Captain Peter ...

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Cal Fire Already Staffing Up For Fire Season

SACRAMENTO – With spring now taking hold in California, Cal Fire is already staffing up for fire season, while focusing the efforts of its crews on preventing large and damaging wildfires. Recent rains have been a welcome sight to drought parched California, but Cal Fire says their firefighters are not letting their guard down; instead they are training for another ...

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Boil Water Order Lifted In North Fork

NORTH FORK — Madera County Enviromental Health Department is reporting that all water samples taken yesterday from North Fork’s Maintenance District (MD8) have come back negative for bacteria. Residents who are part of MD8 have been on a Boil Water Order for several days, and businesses downtown that prepared fresh food have been closed since the presence of E. coli ...

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Encouraging Test Results On North Fork Water

NORTH FORK — Businesses downtown were shuttered today, and residents who are part of the local Maintenance District (MD8) were told to boil their water or use bottled water after a routine test on Mar. 16 revealed the presence of two types of bacteria in the system. Today, MD8 received results from the five repeat samples that were taken on ...

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North Fork Businesses and Residents Ordered To Boil Water

NORTH FORK — An email from local favorite restaurant La Cabana stating that they were closing until further notice due to issues with the water, prompted a call to District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler. Responding to our message within minutes, Tom said that the water was tested earlier this week, as it is on a regular basis, and the tests ...

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Now’s The Time To Become A Cal Fire VIP

MOUNTAIN AREA — Cal Fire is recruiting for their Volunteers In Prevention (VIP) program, made up of citizens who offer their time and unique skills to serve the public through education, communication, patrols and defensible space inspections. Each year more than 5,600 wildfires burn over 172,000 acres of California’s watershed, timber, and grasslands. As a result, millions of dollars in ...

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Ride YARTS Free To Yosemite On Earth Day

MOUNTAIN AREA — Yosemite Area Regional Transportation (YARTS) is celebrating Earth Day by offering free rides on YARTS buses into Yosemite National Park. In 2015, the Park experienced an all-time record number of visitors, welcoming 4,150,217 people. “At YARTS, we want to do our part to help visitors be good stewards of the park and enhance their Yosemite experience by ...

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County Applies For Award Recognizing 311 Service

MADERA COUNTY – When someone needs help contacting a County department for non-emergency assistance, they need only know one number – 311. Their call will be answered by a live operator who will address their questions and direct them to the appropriate department for assistance. Based on the success of this program, the County of Madera will apply for a ...

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