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Two Deputies Sworn In, Three Promotions At Sheriff’s Office

MADERA COUNTY — Sheriff Jay Varney is pleased to announce the promotion of three Sheriff’s Office employees and the swearing in of two new deputy sheriffs. Joseph Wilder was promoted to Sergeant. He has been with the Madera County Sheriff’s Office since April of 2004, and had also been an Explorer with the Sheriff’s Office from 1997 until 2004. Rainbow ...

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YAAS Program Features California Condor

Contributed by Yosemite Area Audubon Society – “No one who has ever seen wild California condors circling majestically among the clouds will ever forget the riveting nature of the experience or question why we, as a society, should make every effort possible to promote the full recovery of this species,” wrote Noel and Helen Snyder, authors of Introduction to the ...

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Car Hits Power Pole, Closes Yosemite Springs Parkway

COARSEGOLD — A single vehicle accident on Yosemite Springs Parkway forced the closure of the road for several hours this afternoon after live power lines fell into the roadway. Just after 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, Nolan Griffith, 23, of Coarsegold was eastbound on the Parkway in a 2010 Hyundai Elantra, when he lost control of the vehicle, which spun ...

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Recent Snow Provides Winter Fun In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park is expecting to welcome an increase in visitors this upcoming holiday weekend. Recent storms have left ample snow for visitors to enjoy the many winter recreation activities Yosemite National Park has to offer. Below are a few tips and guidelines to follow if you are planning a trip for the upcoming New Year weekend. · ...

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NF Auxiliary Buys Defibrillator For Cal Fire Station

NORTH FORK – While it’s not really their mission to purchase equipment for stations other than Madera County Fire Department Station 11, the North Fork Fire Department Auxiliary voted unanimously at their December meeting to spend nearly $2,500 to buy an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) for the Rancheria Cal Fire Station on Road 200. Many Cal Fire Stations do not ...

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Junior Rangers Program Thrives In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park Rangers have sworn in 22,600 Junior Rangers so far this year, setting a record for the most number of Junior Rangers in a year. Each of these young people completed their duties, either by attending a Junior Ranger program or completing a booklet, and took an oath to continue to “Explore, Learn, and Protect” Yosemite ...

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Chukchansi Casino To Reopen New Years Eve

COARSEGOLD — More than 14 months after a federal judge ordered the closing of the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino over public and employee safety concerns, the doors will be reopened and employees will return to work, according to District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler. Thursday, Dec. 31, at 10 a.m. has been announced as the first day of business at ...

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Tony McManus Takes The Stage At Coolwater Ranch

AHWAHNEE — Master guitarist Tommy Emmanuel says of Tony McManus, “The music is beyond beautiful, it’s perfect.” On Saturday, Jan. 16, you will have the chance to experience it for yourself as Robin Ralston and the Coolwater Ranch present an evening with Tony McManus. “Through Tony’s hands, the emotions of Celtic music are transferred to the guitar and the listener ...

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Free CPR Class Registering Now

OAKHURST – Start the new year by resolving to learn the life-saving skill of CPR. Register now to participate when Bill and Gina Hartley of Minarets Medical Education teach a free class on Saturday, Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sierra Senior Center. The gracious folks at the Senior Center have offered the use of their ...

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Learn To Prune Fruit Trees For The Best Summer Harvest

MARIPOSA COUNTY — While the weather may not put one in mind of spring and flowering fruit trees, this is the time to be thinking about preparing for a bountiful harvest next fall. Do you know how to prune your fruit trees so that they are the strongest, best shaped, and ready to provide you with the juiciest fruit possible? ...

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