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Local Students Honor Deputies After Emotional Ceremony

MADERA COUNTY – After what is being regarded as one of most emotional Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremonies held in Madera County, Sheriff’s Deputies had no idea what was in store for them upon their return to headquarters. They were greeted by a true heroes’ welcome. Pasted on widows, taped to doorways, and tacked to walkways were nearly 100 handmade cards, ...

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Fire On Highway 41 Causes Backups

COARSEGOLD – A fire along Highway 41 yesterday just north of Road 200 had traffic backed up in both directions for miles due to smoke across the roadway. Just before 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, a report came in of a grass fire burning along Highway 41 near Yosemite Springs Parkway.

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Auditions For Fresno Ballet's "Nutcracker"

FRESNO – If visions of sugarplums dance in your child’s head, be sure to get them to the upcoming open auditions for “The Nutcracker.” Auditions for student roles in Fresno Ballet Theatre’s 2014 production of “The Nutcracker,” sponsored by Valley Performing Arts Council, will be held June 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the dance studio of the ...

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Town Hall Meeting On Arson Investigation

COARSEGOLD – District Attorney Michael Keitz will hold a Town Hall meeting to discuss with residents the investigation and prosecution of the recently concluded arson case. Two Coarsegold residents, Kenneth Jackson and Alice Waterman, were found guilty on Thursday, May 8, of 27 counts of arson committed during May and June of 2013.

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Students Win District With Mental Health Video

MADERA – The Madera County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday proclaimed the month of May as Mental Health Month, with various activities designed to help educate people about mental illness and raise awareness about mental health conditions. Students from Madera South High School presented a video they made to raise awareness about mental health and the challenge to overcome the ...

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Wildfire Is Coming – Are You Ready?

SACRAMENTO – Drought conditions have led to a significant increase in wildfire activity and to ensure Californians are ready, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. has declared May 4 -10 as “Wildfire Awareness Week.” CAL FIRE is reminding residents during Wildfire Awareness Week of the dangers posed by wildfires and the simple steps that should be followed to prepare for and ...

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Firefighters Fill The Boot For Muscular Dystrophy

MADERA COUNTY — Oakhurst and Coarsegold Firefighters Cal Fire Local 2881 will hold a “Fill-the-Boot” to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Central California Chapter. Firefighters will Fill the Boot Saturday, May 24, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Highway 41 & 49 intersection in Oakhurst, and and Highway 41 & Road 415 intersection in Coarsegold. ...

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Outdoor School Is Cool For Kids

FISH CAMP – For the second year in a row, students of the Bass Lake Unified School District got the chance to attend a special field science camp at the Jack L. Boyd outdoor school, Camp Green Meadows. The weather was chilly in late March, but hearts were warmed by the new alliances formed between kids, educators, and mother Earth.

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County Welcomes Twenty-Three New Firefighters

OAKHURST – The Oakhurst Community Center was filled with the friends and families of Madera County’s volunteer firefighters on Sunday, Apr. 27, as current members were honored for their service and new volunteers were welcomed to the ranks. For over 25 years, Paid Call Firefighters (PCFs) in Madera County have been recognized with a luncheon, prepared and served by Cal ...

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New Volunteer Firefighters Training Day

NORTH FORK – With the shortage of volunteer firefighters across the country, it was encouraging to see some 35 new recruits participate in a training day at the North Fork Mill Site on Apr. 13. The day’s trainees included students from Glacier High who completed the EMT training earlier this year, young people from the Explorer program and even a ...

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