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Mandatory Evacuation Order Lifted In North Fork

NORTH FORK – Residents who have been under a mandatory evacuation order on Church Street and at the Bass Lake Mobile Home Park in North Fork are being allowed to return home. The Madera County Sheriff’s Office has lifted the order, saying County agencies have been out to evaluate homes impacted by the flood. If you were not contacted, your ...

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Stolen Car Set On Fire In Oakhurst, Suspect Flees

OAKHURST — The folks at Cornerstone Family Counseling had their rainy evening interrupted tonight when they heard a crash and hurried outside to find a burning car in front of the building, according to CHP at the scene. Just after 9 p.m., reports came in of a car on fire in a parking lot at Road 426 and School Road ...

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One-Way Traffic Control On Highway 41 Near Yosemite

FISH CAMP — Following recent storms and ahead of more wet weather on the way tonight, CHP reports that Highway 41 is compromised in the Fish Camp area just south of Yosemite National Park’s south gate. One way traffic control is currently in place due to a washout in the southbound lane. The lane is closed due to the severe erosion ...

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Update On Flooding And Evac Advisories In The Foothills

MADERA COUNTY — The Cedar Valley area remains impacted by rains, says the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. An evacuation advisory is still in effect for Lakeside Drive south of the Fire Station, Deer Run Trail Road, Lazy Oak Drive, and Cedar Place. Residents in these areas should be prepared to evacuate immediately if conditions change. The east side of Church Street ...

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Floodwaters Float Yurts Down Fresno River

OAKHURST — The last thing you’d expect to see floating down the usually languid Fresno River is a gorgeous yurt, complete with all the contents needed for a comfortable stay. Today, there were two. Click on images to enlarge. It started out as a normal rainy day at High Sierra RV Park in Oakhurst, beautifully situated on the river just north of ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Crime Log Through Feb. 5

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Jan. 30 to Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017: North Fork domestic violence On Monday, Jan. 30 at 5:48 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to the 57000 block of Road 225, regarding a domestic violence incident. Upon arrival parties were separated. The victim sustained ...

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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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Roads Closed In Mariposa County Due To Flooding

MARIPOSA — The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office is alerting the public that several roads and bridges are closed in the Woodland area of Mariposa County due to heavy rains and flooding. At this time, Brooks Road is closed in both directions at the bridge, and Indian Peak at Hirsch is also closed at the one-lane bridge. Currently the Mariposa County ...

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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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Man Sentenced For Attempted Murder Of Mariposa County Deputy

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The man charged with the 2015 shooting of Mariposa County Sheriff’s Deputy Rudy Mirelez, was sentenced today in Mariposa County Superior Court. Brian Ballasch, 37, of Merced, agreed to plead guilty to two counts attempted murder, two counts of assault on a peace officer with a semi-automatic weapon, with an enhancement for discharging a firearm. He was ...

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