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New Madera County Courthouse Opens In September

MADERA COUNTY – The next time you are summoned to appear for jury duty, the experience is likely to be far more pleasant as you report to the brand new Madera County Courthouse that replaces the century-old building in which the court has been operating. On Friday, Aug. 14, several hundred people gathered for a ribbon cutting and tour of ...

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One-Lane Traffic Control Continues On Highways 41 & 49

MADERA COUNTY – Motorists should plan for delays over the next two weeks as work continues on Highways 41 and 49 out of Oakhurst. Northwest Paving is currently completing pavement chip seal operations, including the placement of reflectors within the center line as part of a pavement rehabilitation project scheduled to be completed by the end of the month. Portable ...

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Attempted Break-In At YLP Business Center

COARSEGOLD – Sheriff’s deputies responded to a commercial alarm that turned out to be an attempted burglary last night in Yosemite Lakes Park. Law enforcement is looking for a man who attempted to break into a building at the YLP Business Center on Corral Drive between 6 and 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The suspect was wearing a yellow shirt with ...

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Free Teen Driving Program At Oakhurst CHP

OAKHURST – The Oakhurst Area CHP Office reminds those students and parents who are entering the world of teenage driving, that they will be holding a “Start Smart” presentation at the CHP office conference room on Thursday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. Start Smart is a free program designed to provide teens and their parents/guardians with an interactive safe driving ...

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Rough Fire Now 31,000 Acres, Smoke Impacts Mountain Area

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – The Rough Fire, burning near Hume Lake, is now 30,901 acres with 3 percent containment. Though it is some 50 miles southeast of Eastern Madera County and the Central Sierra, the area continues to be impacted by heavy smoke, especially during the morning hours. On Tuesday afternoon the Rough Fire spotted across the South Fork of ...

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Second Case Of Human Plague In Yosemite Being Investigated

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith announced that the department has been notified of a presumptive positive case of plague contracted by a recent visitor to California from Georgia. Testing is being conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to confirm if this is indeed plague. Prior ...

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Alleged Willow Fire Arsonist Remanded To Juvenile Detention

MADERA – The juvenile who allegedly started the Willow Fire that burned over 5,700 acres near North Fork, appeared in Madera Superior Court this morning, and was ordered detained in the Madera County Juvenile Detention Facility while awaiting his next court appearance, scheduled for Aug. 28. The boy is accused of starting the fire on Saturday, July 25, by playing ...

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Tuolumne Campground To Reopen Following Treatment For Plague

YOSEMITE – Public health officials and Yosemite National Park staff successfully dusted rodent burrows in the Tuolumne Meadows Campground yesterday with the insecticide deltamethrin (DeltaDust), say park officials, after a case of human plague was identified last month. The California Department of Public Health began investigating a case of human plague after a child from Los Angeles County became ill ...

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Juveniles Killed In Yosemite Identified

YOSEMITE – The two juveniles killed in Yosemite when they were struck by a tree limb on Aug. 14, have been identified as Justin Lee, 14, of Irvine, Calif., and Dragon Kim, 14, of Tustin, Calif. The accident occurred at approximately 5 a.m. when a limb fell from an oak tree in Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley, striking a tent ...

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