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Sheriff’s Local Crime Log Through Oct. 16

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Oct. 10 to Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016: Oakhurst minor assaulted  On Monday, Oct. 10 at 9:44 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to the 49000 block of Road 427 (School Road) regarding a report of a minor being slapped by an adult. Report taken, evidence ...

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Don’t Torch Off Those Burn Piles Yet!

SIERRA FOOTHILLS — As cooler weather rolls in, the urge to torch off those burn piles is only natural. However, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Troy Cheek warns that the fire danger has not been mitigated, and a burn ban remains in place. “We don’t foresee the ban being lifted until well into November or December,” says Cheek. “We’re going to ...

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Madera County Considers Vote To Fund Fire And Sheriff

MADERA COUNTY — With a Public Safety Tax proposed for a special election in March 2017, efforts to educate the public and gather feedback are well underway. Last night at a Town Hall meeting in Ahwahnee, Georgiena Vivian of VRPA Technologies, made a presentation about the proposed tax, why it is needed, and how the funds would be collected, administered ...

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Tree Mortality Poses Threat During Coming Storms

CENTRAL SIERRA — As the first storm of the season moves toward Northern and Central California packing rain and gusty winds, PG&E is urging all their customers to be prepared, have a plan and prepare for potential power outages, and above all, be safe. With the severe tree mortality in the Central Sierra, residents in foothill communities face serious dangers ...

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North Fork Scouts Enjoy Weekend In Yosemite

NORTH FORK — Scouts of North Fork’s Troop 357 have continued to remain busy since their August backpack trip to Cora Lake. Mid-September found the troop on its annual trip to Yosemite National Park, where they spent the weekend. After setting up camp in the Wawona campground Saturday morning, the troop, along with their bicycles were transported to Yosemite Valley ...

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Three-Way Stop In North Fork To Become Roundabout

NORTH FORK – The 3-way stop near the Mono Museum in North Fork will soon be completely redesigned and turned into a roundabout. On Tuesday, Oct. 4, the Madera County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Roads 274 and 225. The current 4-leg, 3-way stop allows for the eastbound, or ...

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New Equipment For Madera County Fire Department

MADERA COUNTY — The Madera County Fire Department benefited from several actions taken during Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors. First was a vote to accept a donation from the Paid Call Firefighters (PCFs) at Station 12 in Oakhurst of a 2017 F-450 Chassis XL 4×4 SD Super Cab truck purchased for $44,338. The vehicle will replace their current ...

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North Fork Breaks Ground On Bioenergy Facility

NORTH FORK — On Thursday Nov. 3, North Fork Community Power (NFCP) and Yosemite/Sequoia RC&D Council will be hosting a ground-breaking ceremony for the NFCP Bioenergy Facility at the Old Mill Site starting at 11 a.m. until approximately 1 p.m. The event will kick off with statements from government leaders and key project partners followed by a brief tour of ...

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Local Authors Say They’re Lucky To Live Here

OAKHURST — Looking for the perfect local gift to give those friends and relatives who are always threatening to move here? Maybe you’re new to the area, or you’ve been here a while and are still seeking information. Stop by Branches Books and Gifts on Saturday, Oct. 15 to meet local authors Kellie Flanagan and Jennifer Moss, who’ll sign their new ...

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Annual Chili Cook-Off At Bandit Town

NORTH FORK — One of North Fork’s most delicious events is fast approaching — the Women’s Club will host its 9th annual Chili Cook-Off and Pie & Cake Bake-Off on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Bandit Town. Everyone is invited to taste and vote for their choice of best original chili, pie or cake in ...

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