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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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Woman Struck By Falling Tree Dies in Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE — A woman was struck and killed by a falling tree in Yosemite National Park on Sunday morning, Mar. 5. The tragic accident occurred in Half Dome Village, in Yosemite Valley, at around 10 a.m., amid heavy snow and high winds, according to park officials. Destiny Rose Texeira Borges, 20, from Ceres, California was in the park working for a ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Crime Log Through Mar. 5

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Feb. 27 to Sunday, Mar. 5, 2017: Oakhurst burglary On Monday, Feb. 27 at 9:04 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to the 45000 block of N. Oakview Drive regarding a report of stolen medication from the garage. Report taken and case closed ...

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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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Winter Storm Warning For Sierra Nevada Mountains

SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS — The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow in the Sierra from Yosemite to Kings Canyon. The heavy snow warning is in effect from 10 p.m. Saturday to 10 p.m Sunday, with snow expected to begin Saturday evening and become heavy at times Sunday morning and afternoon, diminishing Sunday ...

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Missing Toddler Found In Mariposa

MARIPOSA — What began as a heart-wrenching report ended happily today when a missing toddler was located safely in Mariposa. At 8:39 a.m. this morning, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a two-and-a-half-year-old boy named Hayden who was missing in the Oak Grove area of Mariposa County. The toddler had reportedly been seen last in the 4000 block ...

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Sleepy Driver Crashes Off Highway 41

O’NEALS — For the second time today, a wreck that ended with a totaled vehicle resulted in only minor injuries to the driver. Just after 1:30 p.m., a 61-year-old Oakhurst woman was northbound on Highway 41 just past Road 200 in a 2008 Honda Pilot, when she fell asleep, according to CHP at scene. When she found herself drifting off ...

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Yosemite National Park Works To Repair Big Oak Flat Road

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park is moving forward with repairs to the damaged Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 West) leading to Yosemite Valley. Severe storms have impacted the road and it continues to be unsafe for vehicular travel. The road has been closed since late February between Crane Valley and Foresta. The Federal Highways Administration has selected a contractor ...

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