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CA Department of Aging, AARP Introduce COVID-19 Resource Card

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Aging, in partnership with AARP, is releasing the California For All Resource Card, a one-stop information guide on COVID-19 for ALL Californians – but especially designed for older adults. The Resource Card is a centerpiece of Governor Gavin Newsom’s “Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In.” campaign, which urges all Californians to help combat social ...

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Highway 140 Closed Sunday in Advance of Predicted Flooding

YOSMEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Park officials announced Sunday morning that Highway 140 will close today (April 5) at noon. The closure, in effect for the highway west of Yosemite, from Cedar Lodge to Yosemite Bug, is due to a forecast of heavy rain and debris flows in the area. Check https://roads.dot.ca.gov/ for updates. There is emergency access only for residents ...

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Local Quilters Respond to Call for ‘Protective’ Masks

OAKHURST — Sierra Mountain Quilters wasted no time this past week responding to a call from an area hospital for protective medical masks now so crucial in the battle against COVID-19. Or more precisely — the quilters made masks to protect masks. Last Wednesday (April 1), 190 of these colorful home-sewn cotton masks were collected in front of The Met ...

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District Attorney’s Office, Courts Adapt to ‘Changing World’

MADERA — This past week marked a sign-of-the-times milestone for the Madera County District Attorney’s office — on Thursday (April 2) a prosecutor from the DA’s office made the department’s first online court appearance. Under “normal” circumstances, deputy district attorneys must physically go to court to handle cases. However, during this unprecedented pandemic, the Madera County Superior Court is taking ...

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PG&E: ‘Working to Minimize Outages in Light of Shelter-at-Home Orders’

MOUNTAIN AREA — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) said Friday the utility remains focused and engaged on “essential projects to provide continuity of service during this critical time and for the safety of its customers and communities.” These essential projects, according to a press release issued by PG&E, involve “maintaining, repairing and upgrading the safety and reliability of its ...

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Coarsegold Post Office Closed After COVID-19 Exposure

COARSEGOLD — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) confirmed on Friday that a U.S. Postal Service contracted mail carrier in Coarsegold has tested positive for COVID-19. At this time the source of transmission is under investigation, according to a press release issued Friday afternoon by county officials. As a result, the Coarsegold Post Office has been closed all day ...

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United Way Offering Area Residents Up to $500 for COVID-19 Relief

MOUNTAIN AREA — Residents in Madera County who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for relief funding from United Way of Fresno and Madera Counties. The nonprofit created the Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide area residents with up to $500 in emergency relief aid. People who have lost their jobs, are struggling with unexpected medical costs or ...

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‘Winter Storm Watch’ Issued for Mountain Area Through Monday

MOUNTAIN AREA — A Winter Storm Watch issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) in Hanford is in effect as forecasters say a pair of Pacific weather systems are set to arrive in the mountain area this weekend, bringing “significant late season snowfall” to the high country. The NWS weather advisory covers the Sierra foothills and mountain areas from Tulare ...

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PG&E Customers Getting $62 ‘California Climate Credit’ in April

MOUNTAIN AREA — Pacific Gas and Electric Company residential customers will receive the California Climate Credit on their bills during the April billing cycle. The credit totals $62.91 for PG&E residential customers receiving both natural gas and electric service. For natural gas-only residential customers the credit will be $27.18, and for electric-only residential customers the credit will be $35.73. This ...

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Sierra Tel Offering Free Internet to Students Impacted by Pandemic

OAKHURST — Local internet service provider Sierra Tel is offering mountain area students from low-income households free internet service in order to continue their studies online in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak and ongoing school closures. “In light of the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sierra Tel has created a program to assist households with low-income students enrolled ...

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