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Madera, Mariposa Counties Report New Cases; Another Victim Hospitalized

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health reported a single new case of COVID-19 on Wednesday. The latest case involves a man in his 30s who is currently hospitalized. Authorities say they are investigating how the case was transmitted.There have now been 55 total cases in Madera County, with 18 of those cases currently classified as “active.”Thirty-five local COVID-19 ...

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Area Students Win Medals at County Academic Pentathlon

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY — Local students claimed a number of medals last week at the 2020 Madera County Academic Pentathlon, which was revised rather than cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The middle school competition was held last Friday (May 1) and moved to an individual online format, with students able to compete from home.Medals were sent to students at their home ...

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Webinar Spotlight’s Prescribed Burns for Property Management

MARIPOSA — UCCE Mariposa is offering a free online webinar series focusing on the use of prescribed burns as a vegetation and fire fuel management tool. The five-part series, which starts today (May 6), is free but requires registration. The webinars will be held online every Wednesday in May and the first Wednesday in June from 10 a.m. to 11:30 ...

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Letter: Sheriff Asks Governor to Allow Madera County to Reopen

MADERA — At their regular board meeting this week, Madera County supervisors authorized Madera County Sheriff Jay Varney to send a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom requesting more leeway be given to individual counties like Madera in terms of how quickly businesses are allowed to reopen. The sheriff, in his letter, reportedly argues that more rural counties, including Madera, should ...

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New Principal Named at Rivergold Elementary School

COARSEGOLD — Yosemite Unified School District has hired Virginia (Gini) Pierce-Cummings to be the new principal of Rivergold Elementary School. The announcement was made by YUSD Superintendent Glen Billington Tuesday afternoon. Pierce-Cummings, who will begin her new position in July, replaces longtime Rivergold Principal Bob Rose, who is retiring. “Gini comes to us from Madera Unified School District where she ...

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Report: Mountain Area Home Sales Stayed Strong Through April

OAKHURST — Mountain area home sales remained relatively robust during the first four months of 2020, according to Ed Bailey, of Ed Bailey Realty in Oakhurst. “Our mountain area home sales were better during the first trimester — January through April — of this year than last year,” Bailey reported this week. During the first four months of the year, ...

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3 New Cases in Madera County; 1 New Case in Mariposa County

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. The latest cases involve two men in their 50s and a 20-year-old woman. All three contracted the virus via person-to-person transmission and are in home isolation, according to the latest update from the Madera County Department of Public Health.As of Monday, there have been ...

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Burglars Snatch Cash, Condiments from Denny’s

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OAKHURST — Two people entered Denny’s restaurant in Oakhurst early Monday morning but they weren’t there for the Grand Slam breakfast. According to a report from the Madera County Sheriff’s Department, the burglars apparently had some help getting inside the closed eatery when they entered at 6:22 a.m.“It appears to be an inside job, as the door to gain access ...

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PG&E Program to Support ‘Vulnerable’ Customers During Public Safety Power Shutoffs

SAN FRANCISCO — As part of Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) commitment to safety and supporting customers and communities, the company will join with the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFLIC) as it supports customers with disabilities and older customers who are most vulnerable when the power goes out.Known as the Disability Disaster Access and Resources Program, the ...

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