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Frogs and Toads

There will be a Congressonal Field Hearing on Tuesday, August 6, at the Sonora Fairgrounds at 2 pm. This event is hosted by Defend Rural America and Devin Nunez and Tom McClintock will be there. This is about the designation of two million acres of the Sierra Nevada for critical habitat for the Mountain Yellow Legged Frog and the Yosemite ...

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Hot Sunday Drive

EASTERN MADERA COUNTY – After nearly a week of smoky days, Bass Lake residents Kelly and L-Jay Fine decided to take a Sunday evening drive, tooling along the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway, to safely get a better view of the growing Aspen fire. “Our journey started before 9 p.m. as it was starting to get dark on that windy road,” ...

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Update On Missing Hikers In Sierra

FRESNO COUNTY – The search for four women in the Sierra Mountains near Lake Italy has been suspended, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. On July 24, Search and Rescue mountaineers made contact with hikers who had been in contact with the four females on the John Muir Trail near Silver Pass.

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North Fork Man Tries To Bury Stolen Car

MADERA COUNTY – Shane Anthony Shaffer, 35, of North Fork remains jailed at this hour, accused of trying to bury a stolen car. He was taken into custody Sunday afternoon, July 28, after authorities received a tip at around 12:30 p.m. The anonymous caller stated subjects at a residence on Wyle Ranch Road in North Fork were trying to bury ...

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Indian Fair Days & Pow Wow In North Fork

NORTH FORK – Traditional dances, food and crafts will be on display at the 43rd Annual Indian Fair Days & Pow Wow, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3 and 4, at the North Fork Recreation Center. This much-anticipated event, always held the first weekend in August, is a showcase for native dancers and costumes, and an opportunity for the public to ...

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Auditions At Golden Chain Monday & Tuesday

OAKHURST – Auditions for “The Ladies of Tin Pan Alley” will be held Monday and Tuesday, July 29 and 30, from 6 – 9pm, at the Golden Chain Theatre, located at 42310 Highway 41 in Oakhurst. This is a musical tribute to the music of 1900-1949, with a focus on the women composers and lyricists of the golden age of ...

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Three-Time Officer Of The Year Honored

MADERA COUNTY – Deputy Sheriff Richard Gonzales was honored by his peers for the third time as Officer of the Year during Madera County’s annual Law Enforcement Appreciation banquet held at the Elk’s Lodge in Madera on Thursday, July 25. Sheriff John Anderson proudly introduced Deputy Gonzales as Madera County Sheriff’s Deputy of the Year. “It’s unprecedented,” noted Sheriff Anderson ...

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YNP Replaces Fee Booths At South Entrance

…plus updates on bears and the closing of raft rentals. YOSEMITE – On Monday, July 22, crews began mobilizing equipment and materials to begin improvements to the South Entrance Station area. The project includes replacing the existing fee collection booths with three new ones, placed approximately 350 feet south of the their current location.

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Mariposa Resident Gets Life In Prison

MADERA – Christopher Norris, 25, of Mariposa, was sentenced to life in prison for murder on Friday, July 19. In September, 2011, a Madera County Superior Court jury found Norris guilty of the first degree murder of Alonso Herrera.

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Pot Grows Eradicated Near Mariposa

MARIPOSA – Several agencies working together were able to locate and eradicate two huge pot grows in Mariposa County this week. On Thursday, July 18, Mariposa County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted by law enforcement officers from the Mariposa County Probation Department, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ) Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) with ...

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