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Guest Editorial: SCCCD Proudly Gives Back to Community

By Dr. Paul Parnell, Chancellor, State Center Community College DistrictFRESNO — We at State Center Community College District (SCCCD) would like to thank our first responders, health care and other essential employees who are reporting to work during the pandemic. You are all heroes. SCCCD (Fresno City College, Reedley College, Clovis Community College, Madera Community College Center and Oakhurst Community ...

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Wawona Hotel to Reopen in 2021 after Electrical Systems Upgrade

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — The historic Wawona Hotel in Yosemite National Park will remain closed for the upcoming visitor season in order to complete necessary electrical repairs and upgrades, park officials announced Thursday.The Wawona Hotel is generally open to visitors March through November. “It is anticipated that the planning and work on the project will be completed and the hotel ...

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Open for Business: South Gate, Rev’s Offering ‘Heavenly’ Curbside, Take Out Service

OAKHURST — South Gate Brewing is back with “curbside heaven” — and REV’s Farmhouse is about to return too, with breakfast and lunch to go. This week marks the reopening of two of Oakhurst’s favorite establishments: That’s right, those righteous drafts from Brewmaster Rick can be yours again. And when you need a break from being a short-order cook at ...

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Under an Hour: Madera Community Speeds COVID Test Result Time

Picture of person working in a laboratory.

MADERA — Madera Community Hospital announced this week that they have improved their COVID-19 test result time to less than 60 minutes. Until this week, people tested for COVID-19 in Madera County relied on the public health lab or national commercial laboratories to process their test results. Those test results were not typically known until two to seven days later. ...

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After 14-Month Stint, PG&E CEO Johnson to Step Down in June

SACRAMENTO — Bill Johnson, the chief executive of PG&E, will step down after just 14 months on the job, the company announced Wednesday. Johnson, 66, was hired by the nation’s largest utility to rescue it from a financial crisis caused by a history of negligence and a reputation for putting profit over safety. His June 30 retirement announcement was not ...

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Hundreds of Food Boxes Distributed at Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino

COARSEGOLD – More than 440 boxes of food were distributed Wednesday afternoon to eastern Madera County residents. The drive-thru food pick-up in front of Chukchansi Casino, a partnership between the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians and the Madera County Food Bank, provided free food essentials for those in need in Coarsegold, Oakhurst, Ahwahnee and North Fork. Organizers said food distribution ...

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Report: First US COVID-19 Deaths Happened in Bay Area on Feb. 6

MADERA — The country’s first deaths from COVID-19 actually occurred weeks earlier than originally thought — and just 150 miles west of Madera County. On Wednesday, national health officials confirmed that the nation’s first COVID-19 deaths happened in early February (Feb. 6) in Santa Clara County — weeks before the first “official” coronavirus death was reported in Seattle. “Neither of ...

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Trump to Reopen National Parks Soon?

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Is President Trump poised to re-open some U.S. national parks, including Yosemite?“The Trump administration plans to reopen the country’s national parks and other public lands in line with coronavirus guidelines,” the president said on Wednesday, but gave no other details, according to Reuters.“We will begin to open our national parks and public lands for the American ...

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COVID-19: An Important Message from Madera Community Hospital

Dear Neighbors, During the past month our community and hospital have made significant changes in how we work. For us, this is the first time in our careers when we are caring for patients without the patient’s friends and family physically visiting to provide emotional and spiritual support. We understand families are missing out on celebrating the first hours of ...

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Health Officials Report 2 New Local Cases Monday

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) officials on Monday reported two new confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing the total cases so far to 36. The latest victims are identified as a man in his 30s and a woman in her 20s. Both contracted the virus through community spread, according to MCDPH.Of the ten current “active” cases, two ...

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