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Vegetation Fire Turns Into Arson & Felony Domestic Violence Arrest

MARIPOSA — On July 23, 2020, deputies responded to a call regarding a violent male individual, residing in the 5000 block of Alta Vista Rd., who was at the scene of a vegetation and structure fire. Upon contacting Charles Leslie, 52, of Mariposa, deputies learned that Charles had been drinking and purposely started the fire because he “…was upset that ...

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Madera County Businesses Anxiously Waiting for their Opportunity to Reopen

MADERA — In Madera County, many local business owners have been excitedly and anxiously waiting for their opportunity to reopen since the COVID-19 pandemic started, as several counties have begun transitioning to encouraging business to reopen in early July. However, according to Brian Gamble, Senior Administrative Analyst at Madera County Department of Public Health, Madera County was put on the ...

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Madera County Libraries Support Students Through Online Learning

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MADERA — As families and schools prepare for online learning, all Madera County Library locations continue offering curbside services for the community. Patrons can place holds on books, DVDs, and other materials via the library’s mobile app, online catalog, or by phone. Staff will prepare items and contact patrons with instructions and scheduled times for contactless curbside checkout. ‘Grab bags’ ...

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Madera County Covid-19 Update

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) is reporting a total of 1723 positive test results as of  Sunday, July 26. There are 835 active cases, including 40 Madera County residents who have been hospitalized. Of the 1,723 positive results, 867 are considered recovered. There have been 21 deaths, most with underlying health conditions according to the MCDPH. ...

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Grape Day Webinar Features Advancements in Viticulture and Enology Research

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FRESNO — Fresno State’s Department of Viticulture and Enology and Viticulture and Enology Research Center welcomes area grape growers, managers, winemakers and winery personnel to sign up for its Grape Day virtual webinar on Tuesday, Aug. 4., from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The event is sponsored by American Vineyard Magazine [12] and features research seminars on grape and wine topics by ...

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Car Passenger Shot On Highway 41

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ROLLING HILLS — On Monday, July 27, 2020, at approximately 3:24 a.m., California Highway Patrol unit was on an enforcement stop on southbound SR-41 at Ave. 12, conducting a possible DUI investigation. At that time, a passing motorist stopped and advised the officer that his passenger had just been shot by the occupant of another vehicle. The CHP officers immediately ...

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Letter to the Editor: Face Coverings Needed in Yosemite National Park

Dear Editor, Yosemite National park only recommends, but does not require, face coverings when people are inside groceries, hotels, public areas. Having people inside buildings without face coverings puts Park personnel, visitors, hotel guests and concessionaire employees at risk. And it will affect local communities’ economies if the park has a Covid outbreak and needs to be shut down. Since ...

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Wanted – Madera County Sheriffs Office Seeking the Public’s Help

Coarsegold – On the morning of July 5th, 2020 Madera County Sheriff’s Deputies recognized and pulled over Michael G. Bryan who was driving a white stolen Dodge 3/4 ton diesel pickup in the area of Indian Lakes. Upon stopping his vehicle, Bryan exited and fled on foot. While searching the vehicle the Deputies recovered an assault rifle, two handguns and ...

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Arrests Made in Suspected North Fork Hit and Run/Homicide

North Fork – At 3:10 am on Thursday, July 23rd, a witness called 911 to report a man lying in the roadway on Road 224 (Bonnie B Road) near Grandma’s Place. Upon arrival the CHP officer discovered a 31-year-old deceased man who was identified as Travis Balthazar of O’Neals. During the initial investigation the CHP officer discovered evidence that appeared ...

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Forest Service Reminds Visitors of State-Wide Campfire Restrictions

VALLEJO, Calif. — In May, National Forests in California enacted state-wide campfire restrictions, until further notice, to protect the health and safety of communities and firefighters. Igniting, building, maintaining, or using a campfire on National Forests in California remain prohibited, except for developed campgrounds and certain permitted facilities. Check with local National Forests for any additional fire restrictions in place ...

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