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Sheriff Varney Announces Two Commander Promotions

MADERA COUNTY — Sheriff Jay Varney is proud to announce the promotion of two Sheriff’s Commanders. Lieutenants Tyson Pogue and Bill Ward were selected to fill the newly formed positions effective Mar. 1. Commander Tyson Pogue will oversee the Field Operations Division, which includes Patrol, Emergency Services, and Specialized Services. Commander Bill Ward will oversee the Investigations and Administration Division, ...

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Help Sheriff’s Office Redeploy K9 Patrol Dogs

MADERA COUNTY — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Madera County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, has launched a GoFundMe campaign to boost the number of K9 teams available to assist patrol deputies in their work. “The existence of a patrol K9 Unit at the Madera County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division greatly enhances our agency’s capability to track down, ...

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Road 222 Remains Closed As Repairs Are Underway

BASS LAKE — Those wishing to travel between The Forks and Way of the Mono along the south shore of Bass Lake have been met with barriers blocking Road 222. On Sunday afternoon, Mar. 6, reports began to come in about a washout on the north side of the road, and County Roads was called out to put up barriers ...

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Delaware North vs. NPS – How Did It Come To This?

Written by Gina Clugston — YOSEMITE — People are mad. They’re upset about the name changes in Yosemite, they’re writing angry letters to Delaware North and threatening boycotts of the Tenaya Lodge, a Delaware North property in Fish Camp. The resort’s several hundred employees don’t have a dog in this fight, but must suffer the very vocal condemnation of the ...

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Heavy Rains Undermine Road 222 At Bass Lake

BASS LAKE — Reports and photos coming in from a mountain area resident traveling along the south shore of Bass Lake show a dangerous condition for anyone driving or riding a bike along Road 222. A reader sent these photos just before 3 p.m. today, of a major hole that has opened up under the roadway in the lane nearest ...

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College Bond Approved For June Ballot

MADERA COUNTY — The State Center Community College District (SCCCD) Board of Trustees voted at its Mar. 1, meeting to place a local bond measure on the June 7 primary ballot. The bond seeks to generate $485 million to address District needs at Oakhurst Community College Center, Fresno City College, Reedley College, Clovis Community College, and Madera Community College Center, ...

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Help For Property Owners With Dead/Dying Trees

By Dave Briley — MARIPOSA — More than a hundred people crowded into the Chambers of the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors on Saturday, Feb. 27, for the multi-agency Tree Mortality Funding Fair, sponsored by the Mariposa County Office of Emergency Services. Federal, state and local organizations participating in the Fair included Cal Fire, the Mariposa County Fire Safe Council, ...

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Went To Bed In Camp Curry, Woke In Half Dome Village

YOSEMITE — While today marked the first day of Aramark’s takeover as concessioner in Yosemite National Park, the dispute over the historic names of several iconic properties continues. But as that issue works its way through the legal process, for many long-time employees it was a sad day and the end of an era. “Badger Pass had a quiet day ...

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Environmental Issues Delay Blasting On CA-41

MADERA COUNTY — Anyone worried about construction delays set to begin this week along the CA-41 corridor near 22 Mile House can relax a little bit, due to a change in the blasting schedule that will accommodate the relocation of a protected amphibian. Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Resident Engineer Haidar Haddadin says blasting is now set to start anywhere from ...

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Aramark Replaces Delaware North In Yosemite Tuesday

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park will have a new primary concessioner tomorrow, Mar. 1. Yosemite Hospitality LLC begins its 15-year contract to provide lodging, retail, recreational services, and food to over four million annual visitors to Yosemite. Yosemite Hospitality LLC was selected to be the park’s new primary concessioner in June 2015, following a competitive bid process. “This is a ...

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