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Alcohol And Tobacco More Available Than Milk And Fresh Fruit

MARIPOSA – Recently released research shows that in Mariposa County the availability of e-cigarettes and vaping devices has increased by 65% since 2013. This finding is part of new research released on the availability and marketing of tobacco products, alcohol, condoms and healthy and unhealthy food options in California stores that sell tobacco. Throughout California, health advocates held 13 press events ...

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Madera County Votes No On Public Safety Measure

MADERA COUNTY — With all of the votes counted, the citizens of the unincorporated areas of Madera County have voted “no” on Measure L — a one-cent sales tax that would have been dedicated to fire protection and the Sheriff’s Office. The vote was 44 percent voting yes, and 56 percent voting no. A two-thirds majority was needed for the ...

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Closure Period Extended For Highway 41 Into Yosemite

FISH CAMP — According to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the road closure of Highway 41 north of Fish Camp and leading to Yosemite National Park has been extended, and a new date has been set for the reopening. The road is now scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, Mar. 15,  says Caltrans spokesman Cory Burkarth, and may be reduced to one-way ...

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Vote On Measure L – Special Election This Tuesday

MADERA COUNTY — The polls will be open on Tuesday, Mar. 7, for residents of the unincorporated areas of Madera County to vote on Measure L — a one-cent public safety sales tax to fund the Fire Department and the Sheriff’s Office. On Election Day, the polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. See below for ...

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Public Workshop On Madera County Transportation System

MADERA COUNTY — The public is invited to participate in planning the transportation system in Madera County at a workshop on Thursday, Mar. 9. The Madera County Transportation Commission (MCTC) invites everyone to join in a roundtable meeting and workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Webster Elementary School, located at 36477 Ruth Avenue in the Madera Ranchos. They ...

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Volunteer Firefighter Passes Out During Medical Call

MADERA COUNTY — A volunteer firefighter, or PCF (Paid Call Firefighter) became the patient rather than the rescuer, when he lost consciousness while responding to a medical aid call in Chowchilla last night. Madera County Fire Engine 2, staffed with one PCF, responded to a 911 call for an in-home medical emergency at about 11 p.m. on Wednesday. The engine ...

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Highway 41 To Yosemite Road Closure Extended

FISH CAMP — With two out of three roads into Yosemite National Park out of commission, including the popular south gate entrance north of Fish Camp, the question on the minds of many is likely to be, “so when will Highway 41 reopen?” Photos by Virginia Lazar – click to enlarge The California Department of Transportation confirmed today that Highway 41 into Yosemite will ...

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Highway 140 Still The Only Route Into Yosemite

YOSEMITE — Vehicular access to Yosemite Valley is still only possible via Highway 140 (El Portal Road) from Mariposa. Highway 41 just south of the park entrance in Fish Camp remains closed as Caltrans works to repair the severely damaged roadway. Work had to be suspended today due to snow conditions, says Caltrans, but will resume as soon as possible. ...

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Tree Work Resumes On Highway 41

OAKHURST — Now that some of the wetter weather has passed, hazard tree removal work will resume on Highway 41 near the north end of Oakhurst, and continue through the week, says Caltrans. Drivers should expect some delays. Tree removal will start again on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the vicinity of Highway 41 and Whispering Pines Drive, just below mile marker ...

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Two-Thirds Of Madera County Fire Stations Are Not Manned

MADERA COUNTY – Most people are likely not aware that the majority of Madera County fire stations are not manned, and sit empty until the Paid Call Firefighters (PCFs or Volunteers) assigned to those stations are called up. People also may not realize that there is only one firefighter on duty in Oakhurst, and that the first engines they see ...

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