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National Wildlife Refuges Fee-Free Days for 2016

CALIFORNIA — Head outdoors and enjoy some of the country’s most magical places — America’s national wildlife refuges offer unparalleled opportunities to experience the great outdoors and see a rich diversity of wildlife in beautiful natural settings. If that wasn’t enticement enough, refuges that normally charge entrance fees will offer an additional incentive—free admission on these days in 2016: January ...

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History Mystery #35

In a long forgotten and remote corner of Mariposa County, at the intersection of West Westfall and Preston Roads, one can still see the crumbling stone ruins of an old copper smelter. Nearby, and in what is now Madera County, are the remains of the three main copper mines of the Foot Hill Copper Belt; the Buchanan, the Daulton, and ...

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Don’t Let A House Fire Ruin Your Holidays

MOUNTAIN AREA – Cal Fire is called to many home fires this time of year when the response could have been prevented by simple home heating equipment maintenance procedures. To help reduce the number of home fires the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit is reminding the public that all home-heating equipment should be inspected. The following is a list of heating problems that ...

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Learn CPR At Free Local Class – Register Now

MOUNTAIN AREA — What would you do if someone were suffering a heart attack? If you want to be able to save a life in a crisis situation, take advantage of this opportunity to learn CPR. The 3-hour training will take place on Saturday, Jan. 16, led by Sierra Ambulance paramedics and Minarets Medical Education owners Bill and Gina Hartley. ...

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Yosemite’s Tioga Road Closed For The Season

YOSEMITE — With several major storms coming through the Yosemite Area later this week, Yosemite National Park is closing Tioga Road for the season. Tioga Road typically closes each fall and remains closed throughout the winter months. The road reopens when weather conditions permit in the spring. The incoming storm is expected to drop a significant amount of snow in ...

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Firefighter Injured While Searching For Accident Victim

COARSEGOLD — A firefighter suffered injuries to his neck, shoulder and ribs on Monday evening while at the scene of a motor vehicle accident in Coarsegold. Just after 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, the firefighter responded to a call of an overturned vehicle just south of Serpa Canyon on Highway 41. The 12-year-old driver of a Toyota that rolled off ...

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Oakhurst Chamber Announces 2015 Honorees

Submitted by Joelle Leder OAKHURST – The Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce is extremely proud to have the privilege of announcing Mr. Doug Dearing as the recipient of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest possible honor the Chamber may bestow and is presented only to those who have shown extraordinary contributions to the community ...

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Hazard Tree Removal Continues On Road 274

BASS LAKE — Hazard tree removal along Road 274 on the north side of Bass Lake will continue on Wednesday, Dec. 9, according to Burt Stalter, Fuels Management Specialist on the Bass Lake Ranger District, and one of the fallers on the project. Motorists should expect delays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. as trees that have to be dropped ...

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12-Year-Old Crashes Dad’s Car Near Coarsegold

COARSEGOLD — When CHP officers responded to reports of a single-vehicle rollover just south of Serpa Canyon on Highway 41 last night, they were likely a bit taken aback to encounter a 12-year-old girl behind the wheel. Just after 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, the Oakhurst juvenile was northbound in her father’s 2004 Toyota Corolla, and was reportedly using ...

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Join Madera County Search & Rescue Team

MADERA COUNTY — Madera County’s nationally recognized Search & Rescue Team is currently accepting new applications through the end of the year. Applications can be picked up at either the Sheriff’s main office at 2725 Falcon Drive in Madera, or the Sheriff’s substation at 48267 Liberty Drive in Oakhurst. Interested candidates are urged to complete and submit an application. They ...

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