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PG&E, National Weather Service Monitoring Storm Conditions for Sierra

Ponderosa trees covered in snow

OAKHURST – Winter weather is making its way toward California and Eastern Madera County. Mountain community residents are urged to prepare for possible power outages and travel delays. In a press release dated November 17th, PG&E announced they are “monitoring a mid-week potentially strong offshore wind event” that “could prompt a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) for customers in Sierra ...

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Madera Man Valley’s First COVID-19 Fatality; Still No Cases in Mariposa County

MADERA — Last week, a Madera County man became the first Central Valley resident to die from COVID-19. “The male in their 60s suffered from underlying health conditions and passed away at Madera Community Hospital” on Thursday, according to a release issued by Madera County’s Department of Public Health. That victim tested reportedly positive for COVID-19 on March 23 from ...

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Update: MCSO Deputy, Suspect Involved in Oakhurst Shooting ID’d

OAKHURST — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office deputy injured in yesterday’s shooting in Oakhurst has been identified as Neil Cuthbert, a veteran of the department who works as a detective out of the Oakhurst substation. According to the latest update from MCSO, Cuthbert has been released from the hospital and is “at home recovering after sustaining serious facial and head ...

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DMV Closing All State Field Offices in Response to Pandemic

SACRAMENTO –California’s Department of Motor Vehicles announced late Thursday (March 26) it will be temporarily closing all of its field offices across the state today in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak. All in-office appointments are being canceled for now, and customers are asked to check the DMV’s website for future appointment availability. The DMV plans to shift their field ...

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Detective Injured in Oakhurst Shooting Out of Hospital

OAKHURST — A Madera County Sheriff’s Office detective has been released from the hospital and is now recovering at home after being injured in a “deputy-involved shooting” Thursday afternoon in Oakhurst. The incident, which shut down a large section of downtown Oakhurst, occurred just after 10 a.m. Thursday morning near the intersection of Highway 41 and Road 426. MCSO Undersheriff ...

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Forest Service Closes Campgrounds, Rec Sites Statewide

MOUNTAIN AREA — The U.S. Forest Service is closing campgrounds and “developed recreation facilities” on National Forest lands statewide, according to a press release issued Thursday by Forest Service officials. The move comes in response to the Governor’s recent shelter-in-place order and the state’s efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19. “The Sierra National Forest and California Land Management will ...

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Realtor: Area Home Prices Rise Average 43% Since 2010

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Real estate prices in and around eastern Madera County have continued their slow but steady climb over the past decade, according to Ed Bailey of Ed Bailey Realty in Oakhurst. Between 2010 and 2019, the overall gain in the median price of an area home rose 43 percent, Bailey reported this week. The price tag on properties ...

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Chancellor: All SCCCD Classes Online-Only Through Summer

OAKHURST — State Center Community College District (SCCCD) officials have announced the district will continue to offer all classes online-only through the remainder of the spring and summer semesters. “In keeping with our goal of assisting in the efforts to decrease the spread of COVID-19, we will cancel all campus gatherings through June, including graduation,” said Dr. Paul Parnell, SCCCD ...

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Madera Community Suspending ‘Non-Urgent’ Operations, Prodedures

MADERA — Madera Community Hospital officials announced Tuesday that “in response to the spread of coronavirus, and in order to support safe care, a safe environment and continual readiness,” the hospital is suspending “all non-urgent/non-emergent operative and invasive procedures” effective immediately. “Suspending non-urgent/non-emergent operative and invasive procedures will help limit exposure risk to patients, staff and providers and will help ...

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PG&E: ‘COVID-19 Crisis Will Not Affect Storm Response’

MOUNTAIN AREA — As another spring storm is expected to bring winter-like weather throughout much of PG&E’s service territory this week, including eastern Madera County, PG&E is urging its customers and their families to stay safe and have a plan. The wet and cold weather system is forecast to return today, bringing cooler temperatures, rain, mountain snow and breezy winds ...

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