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Here’s What To Expect In Yosemite During Gov’t Shutdown

YOSEMITE — As we head into the first full day of the government shutdown, employees in Yosemite National Park are busy implementing the guidelines set out by the Department of the Interior as to how the Park will operate going forward. The gates are open, but there is no National Park Service (NPS) staff on duty for the most part. ...

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Cal Fire Provides Funding For More Hazard Tree Projects

SACRAMENTO – Residents of the Central Sierra will soon see more crews on county roadways as new funding from Cal Fire helps with the removal of hazard trees. Six million dollars have been awarded in a one-time grant to aid high-priority counties impacted by California’s historic tree mortality. Cal Fire’s Local Assistance for Tree Mortality (LATM) Grant Program will provide ...

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We Have Government Shutdown; What Happens In Yosemite?

YOSEMITE — With the failure of U.S. congressional leaders to reach an agreement and stop a government shutdown, the situation in Yosemite National Park remains unclear. Despite dozens of phone calls, emails and texts to Park officials in Yosemite throughout the day, no one has yet responded to our repeated requests for detailed information on closures and services, or the ...

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County Recommendations For Yosemite Unified School District

OAKHURST — In a recent letter to the president of the Yosemite Unified School District Board of Trustees, the Madera County Superintendent of Schools (MCSOS) changed the certification of the district’s First Interim report for the current fiscal year to negative, assigned a fiscal adviser, and outlined requirements the district must follow in a timely manner, in order to recover from ...

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Driver Suffers Major Injuries In Single-Vehicle Crash

NORTH FORK — A single-vehicle crash south of North Fork this evening sent the driver to the hospital with major injuries. At about 6:20 p.m., a couple in the 59000 block of Road 225 heard a crash and the sound of a horn blaring up on the road near their house. They rushed up to the roadway and located a ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Local Log Through Jan. 14

MADERA COUNTY– Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Jan. 9 to Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. Raymond domestic dispute and emergency protective order On Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 1:15 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to a residence located within the 32000 block of Front Street, regarding a report of a domestic dispute. ...

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Preliminary Hearing In North Fork Murder Case

BASS LAKE — North Fork resident Mary O’Keefe was back in Bass Lake Superior Court today, this time for a long-awaited preliminary hearing on the charge of first degree murder with an enhancement of elder abuse in the killing of beloved North Fork citizen Bonnie Hale. Hale was found deceased on the back patio of her home on Road 225 ...

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Early Morning House Fire On Golden Ball Drive

OAKHURST — Firefighters were called out just after 5 a.m. this morning for reports of a structure fire in the 38000 block of Golden Ball Drive just off Road 426. The first engine at scene reported heavy smoke and flames on one end of the single-story, 1500 square foot home. The two residents were asleep when the fire broke out, ...

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Prescribed Burning Operations On Sierra National Forest

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — Prescribed burning operations have resumed on the Ponderosa fuelbreak east of Cascadel Point near North Fork. Smoke has been visible for the last few days. “We still have a fair amount of acreage of tree mortality burn piles to finish up, and have a contract burn crew with a Forest Service representative on scene each day ...

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Bobby Kahn Named SCCCD Board President

MADERA — Bobby Kahn has been elected board president of the State Center Community College District (SCCCD). Kahn was voted in at the board’s December meeting. Deborah Ikeda was elected vice president and Richard Caglia was elected secretary. SCCCD is governed by a board of seven trustees. The executive committee is joined by trustees Miguel Arias, John Leal, Ronald H. ...

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