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Missing North Fork Man Located by MADSAR

MADERA COUNTY — On Wednesday evening, Madera County Search & Rescue (MADSAR) asked for the public to keep an eye out for a missing person. Kenneth Close, 79, went to North Fork yesterday morning to buy a lawn mower. He called his wife at 11 a.m. and told her he was going fishing at Lower Chiquito Creek, according to the ...

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Unsung Hero Saves Family From House Fire

NORTH FORK — When a fire destroyed a mobile home in North Fork last Friday, everyone was very lucky to have gotten out alive and unscathed. However the real story of how that happened and who was responsible for saving six lives is just now being told. It was just after 10 p.m. on May 20, and Zachary Zukovsky was ...

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Cal Fire Increases Staffing Over Memorial Day

SACRAMENTO – Cal Fire is increasing its firefighting staffing as windy conditions are predicted to elevate fire danger across many areas of California. With many Californians planning to recreate outdoors for the Memorial Day weekend, Cal Fire is asking the public to take steps to prevent sparking a new wildfire. According to the National Weather Service many parts of California ...

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Update On Yosemite Road Closures

YOSEMITE — A call to the Yosemite Road Conditions phone number this morning reveals one big change. As of Wednesday, May 25, at 10 a.m., Tioga Pass — which was opened on May 18 and closed again last weekend due to weather — remains closed just east of Crane Flat. However, Glacier Point Road has been reopened, according to the ...

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Forest Service EIS And Draft Plan Open For Public Comment

CLOVIS – The U.S. Forest Service is releasing the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and draft Forest Plans for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests. The Notice of Availability for these documents is expected to publish in the Federal Register May 27. This notice will initiate the 90-day public comment and review period, which includes 12 public meetings and ...

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Clovis Woman Pleads Not Guilty In Fatal Crash

MADERA COUNTY — The Clovis woman accused of causing the death of Frederico Nunez Silva while driving intoxicated was arraigned today in Madera Superior Court. She pleaded not guilty to all three felony counts and one misdemeanor charge. Candice Ooley, 23, was arrested on Friday, May 20, after she crashed into the back of a Hummer in which Silva, 47, ...

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CHP Out In Force Over Memorial Day – Buckle Up!

SACRAMENTO — Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, is the traditional start of summer and a time when more travelers and especially families will be on the go. When California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers take to the roads over the Memorial Day weekend, they will be working to save lives through seat belt education ...

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Fish Camp Fire Dept. Potluck And CPR Class

FISH CAMP — Come visit with your neighbors and support your local fire department on Sunday, May 29, at 4:30 p.m. as the Fish Camp Volunteer Fire Association sponsors a potluck dinner and get-together at the new Firehouse. This will be a great opportunity for residents to get updates on how they can help with fire preparedness activities in their ...

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Vegetation Fire Near Redinger Lake

NORTH FORK — Firefighters put a quick stop to a vegetation fire at Redinger Lake late this afternoon, even with the long, winding and narrow road they had to maneuver to get down to the dam/boat launch area. Just after 5:30 p.m. reports came in of a small grass fire near the boat ramp. First engine at scene reported it ...

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Yosemite Expects Extremely Busy Memorial Day Weekend

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park anticipates an extremely busy Memorial Day Weekend. Visitors in personal vehicles arriving late morning through mid-day should expect extensive delays getting into and moving about the park, particularly in Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point. Visitors are urged to enter the park before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m. in order to avoid traffic congestion and ...

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