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Want To Climb Half Dome? Make Reservations Now

YOSEMITE – If you want to climb Half Dome this summer, you will need to make reservations, and now is the time. Half Dome Cables Day Use permits for the 2013 hiking season are available for reservations Friday, Mar. 1, through Sunday, Mar. 31. Permits to hike to the top of Half Dome are required seven days per week and ...

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Kindergarten RoundUp At North Fork School

NORTH FORK – Once again it is time for Kindergarten Round-up at the North Fork Elementary School. On Mar. 22, parents and their children will have a chance to meet with kindergarten teachers, the school nurse and the speech therapist.

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St. Paddy's Day Mixer At North Fork Pizza Factory

NORTH FORK – There’ll be green salad, green pizza and green beer at the St. Patrick’s Day Mixer at the North Fork Pizza Factory, sponsored by the North Fork Chamber of Commerce. Music will be provided by Sierra DJ, and the North Fork Dance Club will do a bit of Irish Step Dancing, under the direction of owner Christina DeGarcia.

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Suspect In String Of Burglaries Being Sought By Sheriff

MADERA COUNTY – The Sheriff’s Office is asking for public’s help in locating a Madera man wanted for a series of residential burglaries and drug possession. Manuel Valdez, 30, is 5’10” tall, weighs approximately 170 pounds, has short cropped hair, and sports a close shaved moustache and beard.

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Rehabilitation Plans For Tioga Road

YOSEMITE – The National Park Service has announced plans to rehabilitate, restore and resurface approximately 41 miles of the Tioga Road. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, and open seasonally, is a popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada.

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Board Of Supervisors Consider Raising Dump Fees

MADERA – The Madera County Board of Supervisors will be discussing increasing fees at the North Fork and Fairmead Landfills at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5, in the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers in the Madera County Government Center, 200 West Fourth Street in Madera, at 10 a.m.

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Stricter Gun Control Doesn't Stop Criminals

In response to Alan Cheah’s “The Gun Economy” Sierra Star 1/31/13 Some factual “counterpoint” to Mr. Cheah’s latest “For Your Consideration” The FBI’s recent Crime Report, noted a nearly 50 percent DROP in both violent crime and the murder rate between 1992 and 2011. This occurred at the same time the number of firearms INCREASED dramatically – including the sale ...

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Update On Rural Fire Fee At Town Hall Meeting

OAKHURST – The first in the series of 2013 Town Hall Meetings, hosted by Madera County Supervisor District 5 Tom Wheeler, will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Oakhurst Community Center, from 6 to 8 p.m. Meeting topics include: -Update on the SRA Fee (Rural Fire Fee)

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