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Madera County Quietly Loses A Fire Station

Guest Column written by Bill Ritchey — COARSEGOLD – As Madera County struggles to recruit and retain Paid Call Firefighters (PCF), and the Board of Supervisors considers the feasibility of a public safety tax to help fund the fire department, we noticed that Coarsegold’s Station 13 had not been called out for some time. A call to Cal Fire confirmed ...

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Chowchilla Police Officer Arrested For Sex With A Minor

MADERA COUNTY — On Monday, Feb 8, Madera County Sheriff’s detectives arrested 35-year-old Tyler Hormel for having sexual intercourse with a minor, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Hormel is employed by the City of Chowchilla as a police officer, where he was currently assigned as a School Resource Officer. The current investigation involves conduct that occurred at a ...

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Valley Children’s Hospital Now A Pediatric Trauma Center

MADERA – Each year, children throughout Central California are seriously injured in car crashes, falls, accidents and acts of violence. They need the best medical care as quickly as possible. “Starting today, critically injured children can be transported directly to Valley Children’s Hospital, ensuring they receive the expert pediatric care they deserve even sooner than before – beginning in the ...

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Cal Fire Awards Grants in High Tree Mortality Areas

SACRAMENTO – Three agencies in Madera and Mariposa Counties that are dedicated to fire safety and resource conservation have been awarded over half-a-million dollars in grants for projects designed to address the massive tree mortality across the area. Cal Fire announced Monday it has awarded 19 State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund grants in six counties that have been greatly ...

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County Hosts Event On Human Trafficking

MADERA COUNTY – Human trafficking is often associated with using women from other countries as prostitutes and personal sex slaves, but in reality the impacts are far more widespread and local. Many at-risk youth in the United States, both boys and girls, find themselves victim to trafficking for both sex and forced labor. Madera County hosted a series of events ...

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County Considers Putting Public Safety Tax On The Ballot

MADERA COUNTY – With homeowners being hit with huge increases in their insurance rates, and concerns over aging fire equipment and the diminishing ranks of Paid Call Firefighters, the Board of Supervisors is considering ways to address this growing problem. To that end, the Board voted 5-0 today to approve a resolution directing staff to explore the feasibility of putting ...

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New Passing Lane Construction On CA-41

MADERA COUNTY – Construction is underway now on both sides of CA-41, north of Highway 145 near the 22 Mile House, as a project eight years in the making finally gets its start. Caltrans spokesperson Gloria Rodriguez confirmed that construction has commenced to add passing lanes in both directions along 1.7 miles of State Route 41 just north of Highway ...

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Caltrans Reopens Highway 41

MADERA COUNTY — Caltrans and CHP are still on the scene of a rockslide on Highway 41 between Highway 41 and Road 200, working to get the roadway reopened. The road was closed yesterday just before noon after several huge boulders crashed down into the northbound lane, causing one accident and forcing a detour. The tentative time for reopening will ...

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Double Murder Still Unsolved After 28 Years

NORTH FORK — For nearly three decades, the brutal murders of Velma Avdeeff and Stella Rea have remained unsolved – but not forgotten. Each year as the holidays come and go, the family wishes for only one thing – the answer to the question of who murdered these two women and why. The crime took place on New Year’s Day ...

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Madera County SAR Teams Train For Winter Rescues

MADERA COUNTY — Madera Snow Search and Rescue volunteers, ‪Madera Sheriff OHV‬, ‪‎Madera County Sheriff deputies‬ and two Sierra National Forest officers conducted snow training Saturday, Jan 16. The teams trained on snowmobiles, tracked ATVs, tracked UTVs and a snow cat. Teams also conducted GPS and avalanche beacon training. Training started off at 8 a.m. and it rained on the ...

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