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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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MCDPH Reports 13 More Cases Thursday, Boosting Total to 383

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) reported 13 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, raising the total number of cases countywide to 383. Seven of the 13 new cases reported Thursday were transmitted via “community spread,” health officials said.As of 4 p.m. today, MCDPH was reporting a total of 137 active cases — and 241 recoveries. Health ...

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Hospital Staffer in Mariposa Tests Positive for COVID-19

MARIPOSA — A John C. Fremont Healthcare District clinical staff member with patient contact has tested positive for COVID-19 — the first case of a hospital worker testing positive. “This individual is not one of the eight staff members that were potentially exposed from the two positive cases identified at the District earlier in the week,” said a release issued ...

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AARP Cancels ‘Tax-Aide’ Services for 2020 due to COVID-19

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — AARP’s popular Tax-Aide service was shuttered in March due to the coronovirus, leaving many taxpayers at a loss for help this tax season. “Unfortunately, we will not be reopening this year,” AARP’s Darlene Kelly confirmed this week, adding the service may not reopen in 2021. Because of COVID-19, there are currently no AARP Tax-Aide sites open in ...

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Madera County Sees 11 New Cases Wednesday; Mariposa County Adds 1

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, raising the total number of cases countywide to 370. As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, county heath officials were reporting a total of 138 active cases — and 227 recoveries. Eleven of the active cases require hospitalization. MCDPH is currently “monitoring” 400 other people ...

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MCDPH Reports 25 New Cases Tuesday; Total Up to 359

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, boosting the total number of cases countywide to 359. Tuesday’s latest numbers represented Madera County’s highest single-day total of new cases since the pandemic began. The spike in new cases around the county came the same day California reported its single-biggest jump in ...

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