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Update: North Fork CDC’s Annual Meeting Postponed

Picture of the North Fork Community Development Council sign.

NORTH FORK — The North Fork Community Development Council has decided to postpone its annual meeting, which had been scheduled for Monday, March 16. The decision to postpone the meeting was made late last week in light of the coronavirus outbreak, according to organization officials. No decision has been made yet as to when the meeting will be rescheduled. For ...

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Section of Hwy 140 to Close Sunday in Advance of Expected Storm

MARIPOSA — Yosemite National Park officials together with the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office announced this morning that Highway 140 near the Ferguson Fire burn scar will close today at 12:30 pm. Authorities said the road would “be closed west of Yosemite National Park from the top of Briceburg Grade to Cedar Lodge.” This preemptive closure is due to heavy rain ...

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MCSO Deputies Collar Wanted Car Thief

OAKHURST — A suspect wanted on multiple car theft charges was apprehended by eagle-eyed sheriff’s deputies yesterday while she was driving north of Oakhurst. On Friday, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office POP Team spotted 38-year-old Jessica Lee as she drove on Road 620 near Highway 41. Lee was wanted for two outstanding felony arrest warrants. The first warrant out of ...

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Mariposa County Declares Local ‘Health Emergency’

MARIPOSA — Late Friday, officials in Mariposa County issued a local health emergency declaration in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Here is the county’s complete emergency declaration statement: “Today, Mariposa County is proclaiming a local health emergency to ensure public health professionals have all necessary tools at their disposal to keep the community safe in its response to the novel ...

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Health Department Directs Madera County Schools to Close ‘Immediately’

MADERA — Because of increasing concern about the threat of continued community spread of the coronavirus, schools across Madera County have been directed to close immediately, according to an order issued late Friday afternoon by the Madera County Department of Health. The closure notice, which was announced shortly before 6 p.m. Friday by Madera County Director of Public Health Sara ...

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Wheeler Hosts Town Hall Meeting in Raymond

RAYMOND — District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler held a Town Hall meeting at Raymond-Knowles Elementary Thursday night and more than a dozen local residents turned out. As might be expected, coronavirus was the hot topic at the meeting, which included a COVID-19 update from Madera County Department of Health’s Juli Gregson. Two local residents voiced their concerns to Wheeler about ...

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Oakhurst Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

OAKHURST — An Oakhurst man is behind bars following his arrest Thursday for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography. After the Madera County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division received a tip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children regarding internet child pornography activity in Madera County, an investigation was conducted that identified a residence in the 48000 block of ...

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Yosemite High Closed Friday for ‘Deep Cleaning’

OAKHURST — Yosemite Unified School District Superintendent Glen Billington announced late Thursday that Yosemite High will be closed Friday (March 13) after a school employee developed flu-like symptoms. Billington said the closure would likely last just “one day” and explained the action was being taken “out of an abundance of caution.” “Based on information received today and a recommendation from ...

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Speedy Response by Sheriff’s Office Saves Local Man’s Life

OAKHURST — A swift, skilled response by a deputy and corporal from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office saved the life of a local diner Wednesday night. Around 7 p.m. last night, Madera County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an Oakhurst restaurant to assist a male subject complaining of chest pain. MCSO Corporal Chris Williams and Deputy Ryan Vermeulen responded to ...

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Supervisor Wheeler to Host Town Hall Tonight in Raymond

RAYMOND — District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler invites the mountain community to join him at Raymond-Knowles Elementary School on Thursday (March 12) from 6 to 8 p.m. for a Town Hall Meeting. Raymond-Knowles Elementary is located at 31828 Rd 600, Raymond, CA 93653. County staff and representatives from the Sheriff’s Office, Madera CAL FIRE and California Highway Patrol will be ...

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