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Huell Charmed Everyone At The Sugar Pine Railroad

Submitted by Dale Clugston FISH CAMP – His interviewing style has many descriptions. Traditional and unflashy, awestruck curiosity and a relentless enthusiasm. I agree with all of that and maybe a couple of more. He was genuine and a true gentleman. I met Huell Howser when he visited the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad several years ago. Huell showed up ...

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DUI Drivers Will Face Tougher Prosecution

MADERA – Thousands of families are devasted every year through the actions of those who choose to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The District Attorney’s office now has more ammunition to fight back. The District Attorney for Madera County has been awarded a $136,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. The grant is to be ...

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Driver Arrested After Deadwood Crash

OAKHURST – A collision on Deadwood yesterday resulted in the arrest of an Oakhurst woman for driving under the influence of narcotics. At 1:02 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, Jill Reich, 53, of Oakhurst, was pulling out from a driveway near the address of 38890 Highway 41, about a mile south of Oakhurst, when she failed to yield to oncoming ...

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Injury Accident On Deadwood Snarls Traffic

OAKHURST – A wreck on Deadwood this afternoon resulted in at least one injury, and backed traffic up for about an hour. Details of just how the crash happened are not yet available from the CHP, but at least two cars were towed from the scene and one victim was transported to a Madera hospital, according to an officer on ...

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Coarsegold Teachers Train For Anti-Bullying Program

COARSEGOLD – Rivergold Elementary School in Coarsegold will be the first Madera Country school to benefit from the much-anticipated radKIDS┬« Anti-Bullying Program set to start in February. A rigorous training program for the instructors will take place next week in Madera.

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Local Christmas Bird Counts Successful

Annual Christmas bird counts last month in Mariposa, Oakhurst and Yosemite yielded fewer birds than last year, yet organizers of the three local events nonetheless judged them successful–and, as always, fun! The counts were part of the National Audubon Society’s 113th Christmas Bird Count, an annual avian census held between Dec. 14, 2012 and Jan. 5, 2013. Begun on Christmas ...

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Highway 41 Crash Results In Murder Conviction

MADERA – A horrific head-on collision near the 22-Mile House on Highway 41, claimed the lives of three young women back in August of 2009. Today, a Madera County jury convicted Justin Eugene Rice of three felony counts of second degree murder, three felony counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, one count of felony driving under the influence causing ...

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Chukchansi Sues Governor, U.S. Gov’t Over Mono Casino

MADERA COUNTY – The filing of two lawsuits by the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians may cost a lot more than lawyer’s fees and court costs. It may mean the loss of upwards of $20 million in payments if and when the North Fork Mono Tribe builds their casino. When the governor signed the compact between the State of California ...

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California Dept. Of Fish & Game Has A New Name

CALIFORNIA – The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) becomes the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), effective Jan. 1. The new name was mandated by Assembly Bill (AB) 2402, which was signed Sept. 25, 2012, by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. and is one of numerous provisions passed into law during 2012 that affect the department.

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El Portal Man Dies In Single Vehicle Accident

MARIPOSA COUNTY – A single-vehicle accident on Highway 140 near Cedar Lodge has claimed the life of an El Portal man. Juan Hernandez Montalvo, 25, was killed when his 2003 Volkswagon Jetta crashed onto the banks of the Merced River just after midnight on Sunday, Dec. 30, according to the CHP.

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