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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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3 Juveniles Arrested for Smoke Shop Burglary

COARSEGOLD — Three juveniles are in custody following an investigation into a recent commercial burglary at the Coarsegold Smoke Shop. On March 1, 2020 shortly after 1 a.m., the Madera County Sheriff’s Communications Center received a call for service in the 36000 block of Highway 41 in Coarsegold regarding an active alarm at a commercial property. Deputy Aurelio Romero responded ...

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Is COVID-19 Outbreak Already Impacting Local Economy?

OAKHURST — The coronavirus has quickly become a major concern for area businesses. As COVID-19 continues to spread, some local merchants say they are starting to see business slide as more and more people opt to stay close to home. The drop off in activity appears to be hitting area hotels and motels hardest. In the past two weeks, some ...

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