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DUI Arrest After Crash Knocks Out Power In Oakhurst

OAKHURST — A man who crashed into a power pole on Road 425B yesterday, knocking out power to over 500 residents, was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Michael Womack II, 27, of Coarsegold, was just west of Stillmeadow Drive in a 1997 Toyota Camry at a stated speed of 30 mph when, due to his high level of intoxication, he ...

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Calling Local Heroes To Become Paid Call Firefighters

Written by Maureen Walling — MADERA COUNTY — When disaster strikes, be it fire, accident or a medical emergency, we all count on our firefighters to be there in minutes to render aid. But what happens if the nearest fire station has no one available to respond? What if the station in your area is closed because there are no ...

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Yosemite Expands American Sign Language Services

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park has expanded the American Sign Language (ASL) Program offered to Deaf and hearing impaired visitors. The park’s Deaf services program offers trip planning, park orientation at the visitor center, and interpretive services for Deaf and hearing impaired visitors. The program also focuses on employee training in Deaf/disability awareness and outreach to the Deaf community. Yosemite ...

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Car Crash Knocks Out Power South Of Oakhurst

OAKHURST  – Crews are on scene of a motor vehicle accident on Road 425B that knocked out power to over 500 customers and started a vegetation fire. Just after 6:30 p.m. a grey sedan hit a power pole near Stillmeadow Drive near the top of Road 425B. Fire engines were dispatched to the scene, and a fire of about one-quarter ...

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Best Of The Best At Hot August Night

NORTH FORK — Hundreds turned out last Saturday to hear live music, enjoy food and merchandise from seven vendors, and “oooh and aaah” over the gorgeous classic cars lining main street in North Fork during Hot August Night Classic Car Show and Street Party. Willow Creek Catering and Nancy’s Tacos served up delicious fare, and there was kettle corn and ...

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Firefighters Trapped While Defending Homes On Bluecut Fire

CALIFORNIA — Over 10,000 firefighters are battling 8 large wildfires across California. While making good progress on six of these blazes, two new fires ignited yesterday, rapidly burning more than 30,000 acres in southern California. The Bluecut Fire started yesterday at 10:36 a.m. in the Cajon Pass west of Interstate 15, and quickly grew to over 30,000 acres prompting the ...

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Eight Large Wildfires Burning In California

CALIFORNIA — Over 8,800 firefighters are currently battling 8 large wildfires across California, according to Cal Fire. While yesterday’s high temperatures allowed several of the fires to grow in size, firefighters were able to contain three of the active wildfires that burned this weekend. Two Strike Teams of engines (5 per team) and one team of dozers (2 per team) ...

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Good Medicine and J.J. Rymer At Mariposa Art Park

MARIPOSA — Music on the Green – the free summer concert series brought to you by The Mariposa County Arts Council and its many fine sponsors – rolls out the second to last weekend of the 2016 season, presenting, live, in concert, J. J. Rymer on Friday, Aug. 19, and Good Medicine on Saturday, Aug. 20. Singer/songwriter J. J. Rymer ...

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Yosemite Free Admission And Special Centennial Programs

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park will celebrate the Centennial, 100 years of the National Park Service, on Aug. 25. In honor of this historic milestone, park entrance fees will be waived Thursday, Aug. 25, through Sunday, Aug. 28. Camping fees and all other fees will still be applicable. The park will host many special Centennial programs throughout the park during ...

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House Saved From Fire Yesterday Burns To The Ground Overnight

COARSEGOLD — A house that was spared from the flames yesterday afternoon burned to the ground in the early morning hours. A home on the northwest corner of Highway 41 and Black Oak Road was saved by firefighters yesterday when a fire that destroyed two outbuildings was stopped before it could damage the home. But this morning just after 3:30 ...

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