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Holiday Weekend Weather Forecast

MOUNTAIN AREA — A little rain in the foothills and a little snow in Yosemite will lead overnight to a crisp, clear and sunny Thanksgiving day, according to the National Weather Service in Hanford. Then, the wetter weather returns on Friday. With Wednesday’s showers clearing to mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, the foothills on Nov. 23 are predicted to reach a high temperature ...

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Annual Scout Christmas Tree Sale At North Fork Library

NORTH FORK — The North Fork Scout Fund’s annual Christmas Tree Sale will begin on Saturday, Dec. 3. Fresh, locally grown red fir (silver tip) in a variety of sizes through at least 14 ft. will be available. Tree sales will begin at 9 a.m. on Dec. 3, and continue daily until sold out. The Christmas tree lot, located behind ...

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Madera Superior Court Returns To Bass Lake Full-Time

MADERA COUNTY – The return of full-time status at the Bass Lake Courthouse will be a welcome convenience to residents of Eastern Madera County. Effective Jan. 30, 2017, the Madera Superior Court, Bass Lake Division, will return to full-time status, holding court Monday through Thursday, according to District Attorney David Linn. Jury trials will once again be scheduled and heard ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Local Crime Log Through Nov. 20

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Nov. 14 to Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016: Coarsegold arrest on firearms charges Om Monday, Nov. 14, at 12:03 a.m., a deputy conducted a traffic stop in the area of Road 415 and Road 416 for a vehicle that was driving to the ...

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Tax Preparedness: Avoid a Refund Delay By Planning Ahead

WASHINGTON – As tax filing season approaches, there are steps you can take now to ensure smooth processing of your 2016 tax return and avoid a delay in getting your tax refund next year. The IRS reminds taxpayers to be sure they have all the documents they need, such as W-2s and 1099s, before filing a tax return. You may ...

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What You Can’t See Can Kill You

FRESNO — With winter weather on the way, one reality of driving in California’s Central Valley returns to challenge motorists — fog. The California Highway Patrol encourages motorists to prepare for fog and winter driving conditions. The fog season in the Central Valley typically begins during the month of November and continues through February. “Many collisions result from driving too ...

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Do I Call 911?

CENTRAL SIERRA — I see a reckless driver. Maybe he is driving under the influence. Do I call 911, or do I call the local CHP office? Call 911, says Oakhurst Area CHP Officer Kaci Lutz . People may worry they’re doing the wrong thing calling 911 because they’re not sure if seeing a drunk or reckless driver is an ...

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Supervisors Approve Special Election For Public Safety Tax

MADERA COUNTY — The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today to hold a special election on Mar. 7, 2017, to put the proposed one-cent public safety tax before the voters of the unincorporated areas of Madera County. Revenues from the tax would be dedicated exclusively to funding the Madera County Fire Department and the Sheriff’s Office, split 80 percent to ...

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Register Now For Bass Lake Yosemite Triathlon

BASS LAKE – The Bass Lake Yosemite Triathlon has established itself as one of the “go to” triathlons in California. Excitement is building up as preparations are underway and registrations are being accepted for the 7th annual Bass Lake Yosemite Triathlon, set in picturesque location rivaled by few. Triathletes are treated to a swim in clear mountain waters, followed by ...

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PG&E Customers Beware Of The Latest Scams

SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is joining utilities throughout North America to make customers aware of telephone, mail, email and door-to-door/in-person scams that involve criminals posing as utility company representatives and demanding immediate payment or personal information. The “Utilities United Against Scams” collaboration has designated Wednesday, Nov. 16, as Utilities United Against Scams Day. This day ...

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