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Officials Warn Of Jury Service Scam

MADERA COUNTY – Just when you thought you had heard enough of scams, here comes another one – threatening you with jail. Both the Sheriff and the District Attorney have issued a fraud alert to citizens in both Madera and its neighboring counties – “If you get a call from anyone claiming to represent the Madera County Sheriff’s Department concerning ...

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Airtanker Crash Investigation Moves Forward

YOSEMITE – The Dog Rock Fire, burning near the west entrance to Yosemite National Park, is now estimated at 210 acres with 0% containment. Resources continue to arrive on the firelines, and the incident is being turned over to a Type 1 Management Team. The community of Foresta is still under an evacuation order. Highway 140 remains closed at the ...

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Pilot Dies In Airtanker Crash On Dog Rock Fire

YOSEMITE – This evening emergency personnel were able to access the crash site of a CAL FIRE airtanker that went down earlier today near Yosemite National Park, and determined that the pilot on board has died. The CAL FIRE airtanker (Tanker 81) based out of the Hollister Air Attack Base had been fighting the Dog Rock Fire near El Portal ...

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Air Tanker May Be Down On Dog Rock Fire

YOSEMITE – Cal Fire is reporting that they lost contact with one of their airtankers as it was responding to the Dog Rock Fire, burning on the west side of Yosemite National Park. Cal Fire is not confirming at this time that the tanker went down, but are saying, “Emergency personnel are currently responding to the last known location of ...

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Dog Rock Fire Burning In Yosemite

YOSEMITE – A fire burning on the west side of Yosemite National Park has closed Highway 140 at the park entrance and forced the evacuation of the community of Foresta. The Dog Rock Fire was reported at 2:35 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7, and most recent estimates put it at 130 acres.

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Candidates Night In North Fork

NORTH FORK – The candidates running for District Attorney and Madera County Sheriff will be taking the stage tonight at the North Fork Town Hall to answer questions in their final forum before the election. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the 6:00 event which will be moderated by District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler. Candidates for Sheriff are Michael Salvador, ...

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Yosemite Sites Added To National Register

YOSEMITE – Fourteen properties in Yosemite National Park have recently been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate ...

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Prescribed Fire Scheduled In Yosemite Valley

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park Fire Managers are planning a prescribed fire in Yosemite Valley in the Taft Toe Area. The burn will start in mid-October and is dependent on weather conditions. Although it is a dry year, Yosemite Valley recently received one inch of rain, and Taft Toe burn area fuel moistures are within prescribed fire parameters. The burn ...

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Preston Reed Returns To Coolwater Ranch

AHWAHNEE – When is an acoustic guitar not an acoustic guitar? When it’s in the hands of the incomparable Preston Reed. Percussive fingerstyle master Preston Reed, who inspired such latter day flattop heroes as Andy McKee and Kaki King, returns to Coolwater on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m., as part of his U.S.A. tour, with a mind blowing new ...

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Yosemite Volunteers Honored at Awards Ceremony

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park celebrated its fifth annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 27. The Yosemite Volunteer Awards recognize and honor the outstanding contributions of individuals and work groups who have generously donated their time and energy towards the preservation and enjoyment of Yosemite National Park.

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