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Firefighters Say We’re Gambling With People’s Lives

OAKHURST – “As residents of this county we’ve been gambling that nobody in our public safety ranks would lose their life in the line of duty, and we can’t keep going on like we’ve been going.” These are the sentiments expressed by firefighters and sheriff’s deputies as they gathered today at the old Blockbuster in Oakhurst before heading out to ...

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Some Bass Lake Ranger District Campgrounds Closed In 2017

NORTH FORK — The unprecedented tree mortality in the Sierra National Forest has created a high number of hazard trees within the Bass Lake Ranger District’s campgrounds. In recognition of how important a role these campgrounds are to the community, county, valley and beyond, select campgrounds will continue to operate under a reservation system for the entire season, says the ...

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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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Reunited And It Feels So Good: Lost Tortoise Found Again

OAKHURST — Back in September of 2016, we wrote about “Pilgrim,” the African tortoise who’d been waylaid while apparently headed for Deadwood. “Coming home from work, Anne Grandy’s eyes scanned the road, watching for the usual hazards of deer and drivers, when she spotted one that stood out against the late summer landscape. Anne was on Road 425B heading toward Still ...

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Wendy Denton’s Light And Time

OAKHURST — There’s an immense value to public art, and if you haven’t seen Wendy Denton’s exhibit at United Security Bank, the show is on the walls through March. Wendy is a member of Yosemite Western Artists, and the offering is entitled, “Light and Time.” “Light and Time is a collection of works made in empty and abandoned places,” says ...

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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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County Says Cedar Valley Dam Not In Danger Of Failure

CEDAR VALLEY — With all the concern generated by media reports yesterday that the earthen dam in Cedar Valley was in imminent danger of failure, we followed up with Madera County Public Works to find out what is really going on. Ahmad Alkhayyat is the Director of Public Works for Madera County. We asked Alkhayyat about media reports that the earthen ...

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HOW Event Honors Martha Medina

OAKHURST – The local chapter of the nonprofit organization Helping One Woman (HOW) will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Elks Lodge, in support of Coarsegold resident Martha Medina and family, on behalf of son, Nicolas. Nic was in an auto accident on Oct. 28, 2016. He sustained traumatic brain injury and was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center and, much later, ...

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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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Hazardous Driving Conditions Across Eastern Madera County

CENTRAL SIERRA — Mud slides, roadway flooding, evacuation warnings, and trees falling across roadways are just some of the emergencies to which firefighters, CHP, Sheriff’s deputies, PG&E, Caltrans and County Roads are responding today. Currently there are dangerous road conditions in the following areas of Eastern Madera County: Road 274 at Marina View – mud/debris in roadway Highway 41 on ...

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