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Mammoth Fire Near North Fork Now 100 Percent Contained

NORTH FORK — The fire on Mammoth Pool Road, about 6 miles east of North Fork, is now 100 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. The fire started just after 2:30 p.m. today, and forced the closure of the roadway. The Mammoth Fire is estimated at about five acres, and crews are still on scene. Firefighters continue to strengthen containment ...

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Hit-And-Run Crash Closes Highway 41 South Of YLP

O’NEALS — A hit-and-run accident just north of Road 200 closed down Highway 41 in both directions for well over an hour this evening. At about 5:20 p.m. reports came in of an overturned vehicle about 1/2 mile south of Yosemite Springs Parkway. According to CHP at scene, a 2015 Ford F150, driven by a 29-year-old man from Hanford, was ...

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Vegetation Fire Closes Mammoth Pool Road

NORTH FORK — Just after 2:30 p.m. today a report came in of a vegetation fire on Mammoth Pool Road about a mile east of the Indian Creek Mobile Home Park. The fire started on the north side of the roadway in tall grass and vegetation and, even though it isn’t generating a lot of heat, the very steep slope ...

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Grace Community Church Vandalized At Christmas

NORTH FORK — It’s happened, yet again. Sometime between the afternoon of Christmas Eve on Sunday, Dec. 24 and Christmas morning, Monday, Dec. 25, the Senior Center at Grace Community Church was broken into and vandalized. Church Trustee Don Grove says the back door was pulled open and damaged, despite the presence of extra locks installed after a string of ...

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New DMV Laws For 2018

SACRAMENTO – With the new year just around the corner, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) wants to inform the public of several new laws or changes to existing law that, unless otherwise noted, take effect January 1, 2018. Cannabis Use in Vehicles (SB 65, Hill): This law prohibits smoking or ingesting marijuana or marijuana products while driving or riding ...

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Child Support Bench Warrant Release Event

MADERA COUNTY — Madera County Department of Child Support Services wants to assist people in need of help to start 2018 off right by getting child support cases back in good standing. In conjunction with Madera Superior Courts, the Madera County Department of Child Support Services will offer modifications, rescheduling of court, dismissal of charges, and/or discussion of license release at a special ...

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Yosemite Winter Conditions As Tuolumne Rangers Return

YOSEMITE — What’s the latest from Yosemite National Park? For one thing, Tuolumne Winter Rangers Laura and Rob Pilewski are celebrating their seventh season in the park. Here’s their first blog post of the season. New snow: 3 inches Total settled snow depth: 6 inches (at 8,600 feet) High temperature: 58°F (December 14) Low temperature: 17°F (December 19) Ski Conditions ...

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Random Acts Of Kindness Bless Both Recipients And Deputies

OAKHURST — Christmas was made merrier for dozens of local residents as Madera County Sheriff’s deputies blessed them during their third annual Operation Random Kindness yesterday. All across the county, deputies handed out Christmas cards with $100 bills tucked inside, courtesy of the amazingly generous employees of Agriland Farming Company, Inc., who donated $5,000 to brighten the holidays for so ...

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Thief Steals Car Near Bass Lake, Crashes It, Then Flees

BASS LAKE —  A woman in the Bass Lake Annex had her car stolen this evening, only to find that it had been wrecked less than half-mile from her house. Just after 7:30 p.m., residents along Road 222 just south of the Annex heard the sound of squealing tires, followed quickly by the noise of a crash, and called 911. ...

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Cash Reward In Random Shootings Case Raised To $7,000

FRESNO — Thanks to an anonymous donation of $3,000 by a local community member and $1,000 from the Fresno County Public Safety Association, the reward for information leading to an arrest in the random roadway shooting case now stands at $7,000, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office announced today. The Fresno County Public Safety Association, which is the organization that represents ...

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