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PG&E Pleads Guilty to 84 Deaths Stemming from 2018 Camp Fire

BUTTE COUNTY — PG&E pleaded guilty Tuesday to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of unlawfully sparking the Camp Fire. The deadliest blaze in California’s history, the Camp Fire burned for 17 days in November 2018, scorching more than 150,000 acres, destroying of the town of Paradise and killing 85 people.As part of Tuesday’s court proceeding, which took ...

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Tyson Pogue Sworn In as County’s New Sheriff

MADERA — Tyson Pogue is officially Madera County’s new top cop. “I am truly humbled and honored as I stand here today,” Pogue told the board of supervisors Tuesday morning after being sworn in as sheriff. “I am so appreciative of the support of my co-workers, fellow law enforcement professionals and of course the board.”“These are challenging times but I’m ...

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U.S. Census Bureau Still Hiring, Jobs Pay $18/Hr

MOUNTAIN AREA — The U.S. Census Bureau is still looking for people interested in becoming Census Takers or Enumerators. The job pays $18 per hour and 58 cents per mile. Completion of the Census is critical for the mountain area because accurate counting of the population ensuress eastern Madera County receive its fair share of federal dollars. The Census is ...

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Graciela Tafoya Earns Mariposa Arts Council’s Annual Student Award

MARIPOSA — The Mariposa County Arts Council has announced that Graciela “Gracie” Tafoya is the recipient of the organization’s annual High School Student Award. The $500 award is given annually to one area graduating senior who has demonstrated “a commitment to the arts and the community of Mariposa over the span of their high school career,” said a press release ...

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Sierra Ambulance Holding Election for Board of Directors

OAKHURST — Sierra Ambulance Service is holding an election for its Board of Directors this week. Voting will take place through Thursday (June 18) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sierra Ambulance offices (40755 Winding Way — next to Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital). Members may also cast their vote at the board meeting to be held Thursday (June 18) ...

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Pogue Sworn in as New Madera County Sheriff

MADERA — There’s a new sheriff in town.  Tuesday morning, the Madera County Board of Supervisors swore in Tyson Pogue as Madera County’s new sheriff. “I am truly humbled and honored as I stand here today,” Pogue said at Tuesday’s board meeting. “I am so appreciative of the support of my co-workers, fellow law enforcement professionals, and of course the ...

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North Fork Man Killed in Motorcycle Accident Sunday

NORTH FORK – A fatal motorcycle accident claimed the life of a North Fork man Sunday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol. Steven Walling, 70, was traveling southbound on Road 200 just north of Road 222 when he lost control of his 1992 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.  “While negotiating a curve in the road, [the victim] lost control, was ejected and ...

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Fatal Traffic Accident Reported Sunday Outside North Fork

NORTH FORK – A fatal traffic accident just south of North Fork claimed a life Sunday afternoon, according to a report from the California Highway Patrol.The accident reportedly occurred about 2:20 p.m. near the intersection of Road 222 and Road 200.Multiple law enforcement units, CAL FIRE and EMS personnel as well as the Madera County coroner’s office responded to the ...

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Madera County Welcomes New Veteran Services Officer

MADERA — The Madera County Board of Supervisors gave a warm welcome to new Veteran Services Officer Joshua Christopherson when he was introduced during a board meeting held earlier this month (June 2) right after Christopherson’s first day on the job. As Veteran Services Officer, he will oversee staff and day-to-day management of the Madera County Veterans Service Office (CVSO), ...

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