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SNF Increasing Public Access, Opening More Facilities

MOUNTAIN AREA — The Sierra National Forest (SNF) is increasing forest access for the public by opening additional developed recreational opportunities across the forest, including twenty-three campgrounds that will open today (June 18). “Visitors are encouraged to check the Forest website and social media pages for the most up-to-date information on what is open so that you can plan your ...

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MCSO Deputies Attend Santa Cruz County Deputy’s Funeral

APTOS — On Wednesday, a contingent of deputies from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office traveled to Santa Cruz County to honor the memory of Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller — and support his grieving widow and law enforcement family in uniform. Sgt. Gutzwiller, 38, was shot and killed June 6 as he and other deputies investigated reports of a suspicious vehicle. A ...

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MCDPH Reports 25 New Cases Wednesday; Case Total Spikes to 275

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) confirmed 25 more cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, boosting the total number of cases countywide to 275. Wednesday’s report saw the highest number of confirmed new cases for a single day for Madera County for the second day in a row. On Tuesday, county health officials reported 24 new cases –and ...

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Chukchansi Gets AAA’s Prestigious ‘Four Diamond’ Award

COARSEGOLD — Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino has received AAA’s “Four Diamond” designation, one of the highest levels of standards for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality a resort property can attain. The award was announced in a joint press release issued Wednesday by the resort and AAA. This is the first time Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino has attained AAA’s prestigious Four ...

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Madera County Reports 4th COVID-19 Death; Total Cases Up to 250

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) reported 24 more cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the highest number of confirmed new cases in a single day for Madera County since the pandemic began in early March. In addition, MCDPH reported a fourth coronavirus-related death. “The deceased is a male in his 80s who suffered from underlying health conditions ...

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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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