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Power Outage Caused By Mylar Balloons, Says PG&E

FRESNO – A major power outage caused by Mylar balloons coming in contact with power lines has PG&E reminding everyone to keep metallic balloons securely anchored. “We’ve had our first confirmed Mylar balloon outage of the ‘Grads and Dads’ season,” says PG&E spokesperson Denny Boyles. “At 10:39 a.m. today our system indicated multiple faults in the area of 8th Street ...

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Cal Fire To Restrict Burning Below 4,000 Feet Elevation

MARIPOSA – Effective Friday, June 1, at 8 a.m., the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit will suspended all burning below the 4,000 foot elevation in Madera and Mariposa County. Open burning is allowed above the 4,000 elevation with valid permits only. Residents need to contact the burn day information line, in their county, prior ...

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Bat Found In Oakhurst Tests Positive For Rabies

MADERA – A bat found near the track at Yosemite High School has tested positive for rabies. Kirsten Gross, Director of Madera County Animal Services, says the bat was found last week lying on the track, not moving, but still alive. It was taken to the Madera County Health Department for testing. This is the second rabid bat reported in ...

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Vote Centers Now Open Every Day Until The Election

OAKHURST – You can fill out a ballot, turn in or replace your mail-in ballot, get help with filling out your ballot, or use the electronic ballot marking device — all at the Oakhurst Vote Center, located at State Center Community College. There is also a voting location at the Government Center in Madera. As of Saturday, May 26, both ...

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County Receives $5 Million To Connect School Road To Hwy 41

MADERA – Next summer, work is scheduled to begin on a road that will connect the Yosemite High School Area with Highway 41 near Denny’s. Last week the California Transportation Commission approved $2.7 billion in SB 1 funding for 61 transportation projects in California that are aimed at “increasing safety, decreasing congestion, and moving goods more efficiently throughout the state.” ...

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Free YARTS Transportation To Yosemite For Memorial Weekend

YOSEMITE — For two days over Memorial Weekend, Sunday and Monday, May 27 – 28, Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) will provide free transit service from a multitude of locations into Yosemite National Park. For the special service, YARTS will run on: Highway 41 (Fresno, Oakhurst) Highway 140 (Merced, Mariposa) Highway 120 North (Sonora, Groveland) Hwy 395/120 (Mammoth Lakes, ...

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One-Way Traffic Control On Highway 41 In Madera County

MADERA COUNTY — Caltrans officials say one-way traffic control will be in place on some busy stretches of Highway 41 in the next week, as part of a tree maintenance project. The following one-way traffic control will take place, weather permitting: • On Saturday, May 19, one-way traffic control will be in effect on State Route 41 in Madera County ...

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Madera County Plants A Tree In Celebration Of Major Milestone

MADERA – It was a perfect day for planting a tree in Madera Courthouse Park in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the founding of Madera County. The Board of Supervisors marked the occasion by lending a shovel in the planting of a Raywood Ash tree near the historic old courthouse. Madera County Parks/Grounds Supervisor Joe Hernandez says this is ...

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Cal Fire MMU Suspends Burning Below 2,000 Feet

MARIPOSA – Effective Thursday, May 17, at 8 a.m., the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit will suspended all burning below the 2,000 foot elevation in Madera and Mariposa County. Open burning is allowed above the 2,000 elevation with valid permits only. Permits are free of charge and available at any Cal Fire station. Residents ...

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Cal Fire Conducts Live Fire Training At Eastman Lake

MARIPOSA – Smoke will be visible this week as the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) conducts a live fire training exercise at Eastman Lake. The training is in cooperation with Madera County Fire and Army Corp of Engineers, and will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 15 and 16. If conditions are conducive, approximately 180 ...

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