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Madera County Fire Department Awarded Grant for New Emergency Response Equipment

MADERA COUNTY – The Madera County Fire Department was awarded a $74,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for new extrication equipment. Known as the “jaws of life,” first responders use these specialized tools to reach crash victims trapped inside a vehicle. So far this year, Madera County Fire has responded to 22 crashes in which extrication ...

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Yosemite National Park Announces Glacier Point and Tioga Roads are Closed for the Season

Nov. 20, 2020 – Yosemite National Park announces Glacier Point and Tioga Roads are closed to all vehicular traffic for the winter season. Glacier Point and Tioga Roads typically close each fall and remain closed through the winter season. These roads reopen each spring when weather and road conditions are safe for vehicular traffic. Yosemite National Park is open year-round with snow removal on all ...

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Fresno Art Museum to Close Again, Due to COVID-19

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FRESNO — In light of the recent developments with COVID-19 cases and in accordance with the State of California and Fresno County health mandates, the Fresno Art Museum is again closed to the public. FAM hopes that Fresno County will return to the Red Tier soon and they will be able to reopen on Dec. 10, 2020. In the spirit ...

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Ten Key Facts About Federal Disaster Assistance

SACRAMENTO – Federal assistance can be an important resource for Californians with uninsured or underinsured property damage due to the recent wildfires. Survivors in Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, Mendocino, Napa, San Bernardino, San Diego, Shasta, Siskiyou and Sonoma counties have until Dec. 16, 2020, to register for federal disaster assistance. Here are 10 facts about the help that may be ...

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Wildfire Survivors Have One Month Left to Register for FEMA Aid

SACRAMENTO – Individuals and households with losses due to the wildfires in Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, Mendocino, Napa, San Bernardino, San Diego, Shasta, Siskiyou and Sonoma counties have one month left to register for assistance from FEMA. The deadline is Dec. 16, 2020. FEMA monetary awards help eligible survivors pay for rent, home repair/replacement and many other serious disaster-related needs, ...

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Yosemite Football Virtual Badger Card App

OAKHURST – Yosemite Football Boosters (YFB) are excited to introduce the virtual Badger Card App to our Mountain Area Community! Unlike the previous plastic cards that our boys sold in person, this year’s $20 card is easily downloaded onto a smart phone. Simply download the Zurly app from the App Store or Google Play Store and follow the directions. Currently, ...

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Join Supervisor Wheeler For His Virtual Town Hall Meeting

MADERA COUNTY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES – Supervisor Tom Wheeler will be holding another virtual Town Hall Meeting via Zoom Nov. 19, 2020 at 6 pm. Supervisor Wheeler has some great speakers on deck, including Britta Dyer with the American Forest, California Dept. of Insurance, Madera County Veteran Affairs, Madera County Public Health, Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, and Sierra National Forest. The ...

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Important Public Notice from the Judicial Council of the State of California

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SACRAMENTO — Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to health and safety concerns resulting in substantial operational impediments, and the proclamations of states of emergency by federal, state, and local officials, it was determined that the conditions described in Government Code section 68115(a) were met with regard to the Superior Court of Madera County (Court) on eight prior occasions: March ...

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Virtual Yosemite: First Snows of the Season at Yosemite Valley’s Leidig Meadow

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For the interactive 360° VR experience, go to https://www.virtualyosemite.org/virtual-tour/#node305 The first snow of the season in Yosemite can sometimes arrive while fall colors are still on display. Such was the case this first weekend of November, 2020, as seen above in a view from Leidig Meadow. The snow beautifully highlights the textures of the granite peaks surrounding Yosemite Valley, while ...

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Madera County Superior Court Plans to Temporarily Reduce Court Operations

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MADERA — The following represents Madera County Superior Court’s proactive plan to reduce services from Nov. 23, 2020, to Jan. 1, 2021, to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This plan was developed considering the health and safety of court users, jurors, justice partners, and court employees in response to the recent and unprecedented surge of COVID-19 cases statewide and ...

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