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Fallen Soldiers To Be Laid To Rest

MADERA – The Missing in America Project (MIAP) with assistance from Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1981, American Legion Post 11, Madera County Veterans Services Office, and the Madera County Board of Supervisors will inter six Madera County veterans whose unclaimed cremains were located through the efforts of dedicated MIAP volunteers. The purpose of the MIAP is to locate, ...

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Fire Near Coarsegold Grows To Estimated 50-75 Acres

COARSEGOLD — A fire just east of Highway 41 on Veater Ranch prompted the call-up of resources from all over the area, and is still burning as of 2:40 p.m. with zero percent containment. Just before noon today, crews responded to a vegetation fire burning about 1/2 mile off Highway 41 near the closed Broken Bit Restaurant north of Coarsegold. ...

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Have You Registered To Receive Emergency Notifications?

CENTRAL SIERRA – In light of the major wildland fires the county experienced last summer, expectations for another long hot summer, and the serious drought conditions we have been facing, Sheriff Varney says it is imperative for all people who live or work in Madera County – especially those in the foothills – to register or update their information for ...

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Driver Airlifted After Motorcycle Crash Near Sugar Pine

FISH CAMP — A motorcyclist was airlifted after crashing into the back of a car on Highway 41 near Sugar Pine on Sunday. John Miller, 52, of Fish Camp, was southbound on a 2007 Yamaha R6, just north of Road 630 at 3:49 p.m. Though his speed is unknown, he was reportedly passing vehicles over the double yellow lines. Jessa ...

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Three Cats Perish In A Coarsegold House Fire

COARSEGOLD — The occupants of a home off Cavin Lane escaped the dense smoke of a house fire Sunday afternoon, but lost at least three of their beloved cats. Firefighters were called out to reports of a structure fire just before 3 p.m. The first responder to arrive at the scene reported heavy smoke pouring from all sides of the ...

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Hot Saws This Weekend At The Loggers Jamboree

NORTH FORK — The tradition continues this weekend, July 2 and 3, as the 57th annual Mid Sierra Loggers Jamboree rolls into North Fork. This annual competition celebrates the past and keeps the tradition alive, pitting amateur and professional loggers against each other in categories such as axe throwing, hot saws, log rolling and many others. The Jamboree was born ...

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Mariposa Symphony Orchestra Goes A Little Country

MARIPOSA — The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra’s (MSO) annual “Independence Day Spectacular!” concert will be held on Saturday, July 2, at 7 p.m. in the Mariposa County Park Amphitheatre, located at 4998 County Park Road in Mariposa. This year’s concert will feature regional favorite The Sierra Riders in concert with the MSO. The band, led by Fiddler/Guitarist Tim Johnson, also includes ...

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Firefighters Rescue Deer Taking A Dip In Backyard Pool

OAKHURST — Firefighters got a bit of a different assignment today when they were called out to convince a deer to get out of an in-ground pool on Road 426. Those who travel along Road 426 between Oakhurst and the Llama Ranch are very aware of the large population of deer who make a habit of grazing the lawns along ...

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Correction To Campground Closures At Bass Lake

CLOVIS – The Sierra National Forest has released a correction on the status of campgrounds in the area, including those at Bass Lake. Little Denver Church and Denver Church picnic area on the Bass Lake Ranger District will remain closed due to hazardous tree removal projects that are still being completed to make the campground safer for the public. Gigantea ...

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Cedar Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. Pancake Breakfast

OAKHURST — One of the favorite events of the July 4th weekend is the Cedar Valley Volunteer Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, held beside the lake at the Cedar Valley Fire Station this Saturday from 7 to 10 a.m. Not only does one get to enjoy a fantastic pancake breakfast with ham and sausage, eggs, juice and coffee, you are supporting ...

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