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PG&E Activates Emergency Action Plan For Bass Lake Dam

BASS LAKE — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is cautioning that flows from the Crane Valley Dam spillway have reached 800 cubic feet per second and will likely increase as rain continues to fall in the area. PG&E says the dam is functioning as designed, and PG&E activated the emergency action plan for the area once flows exceed 750 ...

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Big Oak Flat Road Closed, Travel Hazards In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — The Big Oak Flat Road in Yosemite National Park (Hwy 120) is currently closed from Crane Flat to Foresta due to a rockfall.  On Sunday morning, Feb. 5, debris and several boulders fell into the road. There is no access to Yosemite Valley via The Big Oak Flat Road.  Park road crews have been working to clear the ...

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Flood Watch For Yosemite Foothills And San Joaquin Valley

CENTRAL SIERRA — A flood watch is in effect for the Mariposa, Madera, and Fresno County Foothills in the Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon, including the towns of Bass Lake, Coarsegold, Fish Camp, Oakhurst, North Fork, Mariposa, Tuolumne Meadows, Auberry, and Wawona. Issued by the National Weather Service, the flood watch is in effect from 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6 ...

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Caltrans Tree Work And Maintenance Schedule On Highways 41 And 49

MADERA COUNTY — Caltrans spokesman Cory Burkarth reports that, depending on weather, drivers in the Oakhurst, Coarsegold and Ahwahnee areas should expect some delays while road maintenance and tree work continues between storms. Caltrans will work in the following neighborhoods: Highway 41 in the vicinity of Road 425B in Coarsegold/Oakhurst Highway 49 in the vicinity of Mockingbird Lane in Ahwahnee Maintenance ...

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Firefighters, Deputies And Citizens Walk To Support Measure L

MADERA COUNTY – A group of firefighters, deputies and citizens took to the streets on Saturday to engage the community in the conversation about Measure L. They believe strongly that if residents know all the facts about the measure, they will support it. Nearly two dozen people gathered at the Maywood Center on Ave. 12 to “walk, knock and talk” ...

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Public Forums On Safety Tax Scheduled For Mountain Area

MADERA COUNTY — There are several public meetings scheduled over the next two weeks that will allow residents to learn more about the proposed Public Safety Sales Tax known as Measure L. With so much discussion about the measure, these are important meetings for voters wanting to learn the facts and have their concerns addressed. Mark your calendar for a ...

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Cal Fire Offers Free Vegetation And Logging Slash Disposal

NORTH FORK — The tree mortality epidemic has many residents wondering what to do with debris left behind by dead trees. For a limited time, Cal Fire will have an Air Curtain Burner available to help residents dispose of unwanted brush, tree limbs, stumps and logs. The service is free of charge and is limited to natural vegetation. No processed ...

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Mariposa Biomass Project Secures Land For 2 Megawatt Plant

MARIPOSA — The Mariposa Biomass Project (MBP) has achieved several milestones toward its goal of building a 2 Megawatt biomass facility in the town of Mariposa. On Jan. 12, the MBP closed escrow on two parcels in the Mariposa Industrial Park, marking the final requirement to qualify for Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) funding. The project is aimed at creating ...

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Public Safety Tax – Where Will The Money Be Spent?

MADERA COUNTY — On March 7, citizens of the unincorporated areas of Madera County will vote on whether to implement a one-cent sales tax to fund the Fire Department and the Sheriff’s Office. To ensure that voters can make an informed decision about the proposed Public Safety Sales Tax known as Measure L, VRPA Technologies, Inc., has been contracted by ...

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Oakhurst College Meeting Paves Way For The Future

OAKHURST — About 40 people gathered last night to participate in a Strategic Planning Alliance meeting, geared toward figuring out how millions of dollars will be spent on a new college facility in Oakhurst. Oakhurst Community College Center is part of Reedley College, which operates under the umbrella of the State Center Community College District (SCCCD). In June, voters approved Bond Measure C, which gives ...

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