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

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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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Planning Commission to Review Proposed New Cell Tower in Oakhurst

MADERA — At its upcoming monthly meeting next week (March 3), the Madera County Planning Commission will review a request for a conditional use permit (CUP) that, if approved, will allow a local company to construct a new, 149-foot-tall “monopole” cell tower in Oakhurst. In the application to the County, the project proponent says the new facility and tower would ...

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Prescribed Burns Resume in Miami Creek-Lone Sequoia Area

MOUNTAIN AREA — The Bass Lake Ranger District announced Wednesday that fire officials plan to resume burning today in the Miami Creek-Lone Sequoia prescribed treatment unit. The area is located between Oakhurst and Wawona off Highway 41. “With weather and air quality conditions permitting, fire crews will start ignition on Wednesday,” said a press release from the district. Officials say ...

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County Seeking Name for Future Regional Park at Manzanita Lake

NORTH FORK — On Friday (Feb. 21), Madera County took ownership of approximately 140 acres just north of Manzanita Lake. The heavily forested land, which had been owned by PG&E, will be developed into a regional park. “We are currently seeking suggestions on a name for the new park. If you have a good suggestion, email the name to: PIT@MaderaCounty.com,” ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Cadet Candidates

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is currently recruiting for Sheriff’s Cadet II Candidates. Prior law enforcement experience is not required. “Our commitment to public safety doesn’t end at the water’s edge,” says a current post on MCSO’s Facebook page. “MCSO dive team members are trained to perform underwater search and rescue and/or recovery operations for both persons ...

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Volunteers Needed for Miami Mountain Fire Tower Lookout

NIPINNAWASEE — The Sierra National Forest is looking for volunteers to staff the Miami Lookout tower during the summer fire season. If you want to help keep your local communities safe, this may be the opportunity for you. Miami Mountain, a lookout tower located northwest of Nipinnawasee, is staffed throughout the fire season by Forest Service volunteers. The lookout station ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log for February 11-18, 2020

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MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Tuesday, February 11, to Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Oakhurst Abandoned Property On Tuesday, February 11, at 10:41 a.m., while on patrol on School Road, a deputy found abandoned property in a creek bed. The property was submitted at the Madera County Sheriff’s Office ...

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Sparse Sierra Snow Pack Could Mean Early Start to Fire Season

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — NASA satellite images taken this past week from more than 400 miles above Earth show snow pack levels in the Sierras at just 54 percent of their historical average for this time of the year. The most recent data is sparking concerns that parts of California are slipping back into a drought — and that the 2020 ...

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Coarsegold Woman Sentenced in Double Fatal 2018 DUI Crash

MADERA — A Coarsegold woman who pled guilty to manslaughter in a 2018 DUI crash that killed two and injured two others has been sentenced to more than 9 years in state prison. Sasha Marie Watson entered guilty pleas in Madera County Superior Court last week (Feb. 11) to a number of charges including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Watson ...

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Report: Madera Among Fastest-Growing Counties in Western U.S.

MADERA COUNTY — According to the latest government data, Madera County is outpacing other similar-sized counties, both in California and around the western U.S., in terms of economic growth. Recently published United States Bureau of Economic Analysis records show that for 2018, the latest year for which statistics have been compiled, Madera County saw the fastest growth in real GDP ...

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MCSO Acquires New ‘Oil-Spill Response’ Trailer

BASS LAKE — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office added to its arsenal of public safety tools this week, taking possession of a new specialized “trailer” that will allow department personnel to react more quickly and efficiently to hazardous spills. With the acquisition of the new “oil-spill response trailer,” MCSO personnel now have the ability to respond to a hazardous material ...

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