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COVID, Census Take Center Stage at ‘Special Meeting’ Tuesday

MADERA — The Madera County Board of Supervisors held a brief (30-minute) “special meeting” Tuesday, tying up some loose ends on the last day of the County’s fiscal year.The board’s main orders of business involved approving an annual $100 road maintenance levy on Bass Lake property owners and authorizing a letter to state lawmakers opposing SB 474, which seeks to ...

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MCAS Offering ‘Fourth of July’ $15 Microchipping Special

MOUNTAIN AREA — More pets get lost on July 4th than any other day of the year, according to Humane Society of the U.S. To help mitigate the surge in lost animals during the Independence Day holiday this weekend, the Madera County Animal Shelter (MCAS) is running a special on microchips to help keep pets safer — easier to reunite ...

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Surge Continues: MCDPH Reports 73 New Cases; Total Jumps to 488

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) reported 73 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, raising the total number of cases countywide to 488. Monday’s update represents new cases confirmed Saturday, Sunday and today.The surge in new cases at the start of a new week follows Madera County’s worst week since the pandemic began — and appears to ...

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Governor Orders Bars to Close Again in Fresno, Tulare, Kings Counties

SACRAMENTO — Shortly after noon on Sunday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced via Twitter that he was ordering the closure of all bars in Fresno, Tulare and Kings counties immediately because of surging COVID-19 cases. The neighboring Valley counties — as well as five other So. Cal counties — have seen more than 2,000 total cases, including the surge in new ...

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North Fork Man Charged with Hit-and-Run After Fatal Collision Saturday

Editor’s Note: This story was updated after the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office released the name of the victim. FRIANT — A 25-year-old Madera County man was arrested on felony hit-and-run charges following a fatal traffic accident that happened Saturday afternoon on Friant Road in Fresno County.“At approximately 4:05 p.m. Saturday, a vehicle driven by an adult male was traveling northbound ...

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Madera Supervisors to Hold ‘Special Meeting’ This Week

MADERA — The Madera County Board of Supervisors will hold a relatively rare “special meeting” this week (June 30) to deal with several issues requiring the board’s immediate attention.First on the agenda for Tuesday’s 9 a.m. session: Sitting as the board of directors for Pines Tract Special Assessment District 89-1 in Bass Lake, supervisors will hold a hearing to approve ...

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Worst Week Yet: Madera County Confirms 32 New Cases Friday

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) reported 32 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, raising the total number of cases countywide to 415. Friday’s latest cases represented the highest single-day total for Madera County since the pandemic began. The past week was also the single-worst week for new cases, with the county adding 100 new entries to ...

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SNF Seeking Comments on Motorized Recreation Project’s Environmental Assessment

MOUNTAIN AREA — The Sierra National Forest (SNF) is initiating the formal public comment period for the Motorized Recreation Project (Project) Environmental Assessment (EA). The project area identifies roads, trails and areas across the SNF, outside of designated Wilderness areas, where approximately 29 miles of trails — and 12 “areas” (totaling 11 acres) can be added to the National Forest ...

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Power Outage in Yosemite Valley to Last into Next Week

Yosemite Valley

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Park officials announced Friday that power went out in Yosemite Valley on Thursday evening (June 25). The cause of the outage was “downed power lines,” according to a brief press release. Power is expected to remain off in the area until Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.“On Monday, contracted crews will begin repairs, which will take two ...

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Madera Man Drowns at Hensley Lake

MADERA COUNTY — A 27-year-old developmentally disabled Madera man died in an apparent drowning accident Thursday afternoon at Hensley Lake.The Madera County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim as Carl Jefferson.“We received the call at 4:31 p.m. of a caregiver reporting a dependent adult missing near Hensley Lake,” said Deputy Sarah Jackson, MCSO public information officer. “We immediately sent deputies ...

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