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Two County Fire Stations To Be Closed In The Mountain Area

MADERA – The Madera County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today to close two county fire stations and consolidate staff and equipment with others nearby. Madera County Fire Station 16 in Ahwahnee will be closed, as will Station 17 in O’Neals. Madera County Assistant Fire Chief Matt Watson told the board this morning that while “the concept of consolidation may ...

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Cal Fire Burn Restrictions And Guidelines For Madera County

MADERA – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) has announced that effective 8 am. on Monday, May 13, hazard reduction burning in Eastern Madera County is restricted below 1,000 feet in elevation. Hazard reduction burning above 1,000 feet is allowed on permissive burn days with a valid permit from San Joaquin Valley Air ...

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Wildcats Experience The Joy Of Digging In The Dirt

AHWAHNEE — Students at Wasuma Elementary School got a little dirt under their fingernails recently when they enjoyed two special event days celebrating all the goodness that goes with terra firma. For Earth Day last month, students learned about vermaculture, composting and pollination, and planted in the garden, with the help of Mariposa and Madera Master Gardeners who taught classes ...

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Are You Prepared To Evacuate And Care For Your Animals?

FRESNO – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared May 11 as National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. This declaration stresses the importance of making advance plans to protect your pets if disaster strikes. “A majority of pet owners consider their pets to be family members,” say Naomi Tobias, founder and CEO of the Central California Animal Disaster Team (CCADT). “When ...

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CIF-Central Championship For Yosemite Boys Varsity Tennis

OAKHURST — Coached by a recent district graduate, and for the second year in a row, the Yosemite High School boys tennis team has completed an amazing run. On Tuesday, May 7, they beat Mt. Whitney of Visalia in the CIF Central Section D-III Boys Tennis Championship held at Yosemite High, according to school athletic director Rusty Oetinger. “By winning ...

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33rd Annual Pitman Awards Celebrate 30 YHS Valedictorians

BASS LAKE — Whether they’re heading out of town or staying close to the foothills, the 30 valedictorians of the Yosemite High School Class of 2019 are ready to pursue their passions. Their paths were further defined and celebrated on the Gazebo Deck at The Pines Resort on Tuesday, May 7 at the 33rd annual Paul and Martha Pitman Awards ...

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Yosemite High School Basketball All-Stars

OAKHURST — Four Yosemite High School Basketball players will take part in the 49th Central Valley l Area All-Star Basketball games on Saturday, May 11 at Bullard High School, says Yosemite girls basketball coach Gary Blate. Yosemite player Paul Antonis will participate on the East team in the 4:30 p.m. game, says the coach, adding that “Antonis was a first team ...

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Are You Prepared For Public Safety Power Shutoffs During Fire Season?

FRESNO – As wildfire season approaches, residents need to be aware of and prepared for the possibility that their power will be shut off – sometimes for several days – as a safety precaution. California’s three largest energy companies have announced a coordinated wildfire safety and awareness campaign to prepare Californians for the threat of extreme weather and power outages ...

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“California Wildfires Have Changed, Together We Must Adapt”

SACRAMENTO – Once again California’s wet winter created a sizable crop of new grass growth, but don’t let the wet weather fool you as the abundant grass dries. It is fuel for wildfires. Now is the time to act to prevent wildfires. Governor Gavin Newsom declared May 5-11 “Wildfire Preparedness Week” to urge homeowners that “California Wildfires Have Changed, Together ...

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