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Projects In The Park Cause Delays

YOSEMITE – Those traveling to Yosemite through the south gate should be prepared for delays. Beginning Monday, Apr. 1, park forestry crews will be felling hazard trees along Highway 41, working from the Valley floor, south toward Wawona. Traffic control will be in place from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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FBI Honors Madera County Sheriff's Lt. For Distinguished Service

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson is honored to announce that Lieutenant Darin McMechan has graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. Lt. McMechan is a 26-year veteran of the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. For nearly three decades he has served the department in a number of highly skilled fields, among them, narcotics, SWAT, Search & Rescue, ...

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Crab Cakes Supports The Arts In North Fork

OAKHURST – Crab Cakes owner Roman Zabicki presented Squirrel Cage Theatre Co. vice-president David Novell with a check for over $600 after a music-filled fundraiser on St. Patrick’s Day. Local musicians including Good Medicine, Sugar Pine, Jean Butterfield, Dave & Amy, and Jeff Gurule & Joe Nelson entertained diners throughout the afternoon at Crab Cakes Restaurant on Sunday, Mar. 17, ...

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Wood Cutting Season Opens April 1

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Firewood cutting and gathering season on the Sierra National Forest is open from Apr. 1 to Nov. 30. To cut and gather firewood in the Sierra National Forest, you must obtain a woodcutting permit authorizing the permit holder to gather a specified amount of dead and downed wood for personal use from any portion of the ...

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Sheriff's Office Loses Beloved Colleague

CHOWCHILLA – Sheriff John Anderson today announced the passing of a respected citizen volunteer and valued friend. Citizens On Patrol (COP) member Gerald Kusa, known to his colleagues and friends as Jerry, died suddenly this past Sunday. Kusa joined the Madera County Sheriff’s nationally recognized COPs unit in October 2011.

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Curry Villages Opens For The Season

YOSEMITE – Curry Village is open for the season as of Friday, Mar. 22. The Pavilion is now open daily for breakfast and dinner, along with the Curry Village Pizza Deck and Bar and the Curry Village Coffee Corner. Curry Village is at shuttle stops #13b, 14 and 20.

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Town Hall Meeting In North Fork

NORTH FORK – District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler will be holding a Town Hall meeting in North Fork on Thursday, Mar. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. Discussion topics will include updates on the 2012-13 County budget, the North Fork Volunteer Fire Station, the North Fork Bioenergy project, and general discussion of issues of interest to residents of District 5 ...

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Expect Smoky Conditions During Wawona Burn

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park (YNP) Fire Managers are planning the first prescribed burn of the 2013 fire season in the southern portion of the park near the community of Wawona. The 150 acre burn is scheduled to start on Thursday, Apr. 4, with the date subject to change depending on weather conditions, and is estimated to take approximately two ...

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CHP Cracks Down On Aggressive Driving

FRESNO – The majority of collisions in California that end in death or injury begin with a speeding or aggressive driver. To address this issue, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has embarked on a yearlong, lifesaving endeavor to reduce the frequency of these collisions throughout the state.

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