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Wawona Road/Highway 41 Temporarily Closed In Yosemite

YOSEMITE —  Officials in Yosemite National Park have announced that Highway 41/Wawona Road is currently closed between Wawona and Yosemite Valley. The road is open between the south entrance and Wawona. The south entrance to the park was closed just before noon today following snowfall, and traffic was backed up all the way to Fish Camp, where chain control was ...

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Current Road Conditions In Yosemite National Park

YOSEMITE – With storms continuing to move through the area, visitors to Yosemite National Park (YNP) should check for changing road conditions as they travel into the park. Weather events could prompt closures at any time. As of noon May 24, the Glacier Point Road, Wawona Road (Highway 41) El Portal Road (Highway 140), Mariposa Grove Road, all roads within ...

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Tourism To Yosemite Creates Over $624 Million In Economic Benefits

YOSEMITE – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 4,009,438 visitors to Yosemite National Park in 2018 spent $495,245,000 in communities near the park. That spending supported 6,184 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $624,129,000, according to the NPS report. “Over 4 million visitors a year come from California, ...

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Substitute Teacher Arrested For Sexual Relationship With Minor Student

O’NEALS — A substitute teacher in Madera County has been arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a Minarets High School student. On May 7, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the superintendent of Chawanakee Unified School District (CUSD) regarding an allegation of an inappropriate relationship between a substitute teacher who had worked for the District and ...

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Cal Fire Crews Prepare For Prescribed Burn Along Highway 41

MADERA COUNTY – Cal Fire crews are working along Highway 41 to prepare for a prescribed burn aimed at lowering the number of wildfires along the corridor. The prescribed burn will span approximately 11 miles along the east side of Highway 41 from the Friant canal (Mile Marker 6.95) just north of Avenue 15, to Road 200 (mile marker 17.91) ...

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The Dangers And Delights Of Visiting The Forest This Weekend

CLOVIS – With the Memorial Day Weekend upon us, a visit to the Sierra National Forest (SNF) will be celebrated by visitors for what is often seen as the first weekend of summer recreation. Activities such as camping, backpacking, boating and picnicking in the great outdoors will be enjoyed by visitors from across California and beyond. With the current weather ...

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Highway 49 Reopens From Bear Valley To State Route 132

MARIPOSA COUNTY – It has been over three weeks since Caltrans closed both lanes of Highway 49 in northern Mariposa County for repairs. The closure added up to one hour of additional travel time for some motorists wishing to reach the communities of Bear Valley, Coulterville, Greeley Hill and Mariposa. Today, Caltrans announced that it has completed repairs and opened ...

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Supervisors OK Deal To Buy Building For New Oakhurst Satellite Government Center

MADERA — Supervisors on Tuesday OK’d spending $1.86 million to purchase an office building in Oakhurst earmarked to become the County’s new satellite government center. If the deal stays on track, residents of Eastern Madera County’s mountain communities could be breezing in and out of the new facility as soon as this fall to pull permits, pay bills or drop ...

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Juvenile Arrested Following Threats At Coarsegold School

COARSEGOLD – A male juvenile is in custody after allegedly making threats at his school in Coarsegold. Shortly after 9 a.m. this morning, Madera County School Resource Deputy Melanie Hopper was contacted by the principal of Coarsegold Elementary School to investigate possible threats made by a student. The nature of the threats has not been released, but during the course ...

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