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Sheriff Varney Welcomes New Citizens On Patrol Volunteers

MADERA COUNTY — Sheriff Jay Varney and the Madera County Sheriffs Office welcomed seven new Citizens on Patrol (COP) volunteers to the force on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Sheriff Varney administered the Oath of Office to Janice Guthrie, Lloyd Green, Jarrett Dean, Hal Parks, Chris Reese and John Arredondo during a graduation ceremony held at the Sheriff’s Office in Madera. Jon ...

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Madera Sheriff’s Office Mourns Loss Of Chuck Reiring

MADERA COUNTY — It’s with a heavy heart that Sheriff Jay Varney announces the passing of Retired Sergeant Chuck Reiring. Sgt. Reiring started as a reserve deputy with the Madera County Sheriff’s Office in 1971 before being hired as full time Deputy Sheriff in 1975. During his 32 years with the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Reiring worked as a ...

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Supervisors Consider Purchase Of New Fire Equipment

MADERA COUNTY — As the County struggles with ways to replace the aging fleet of fire engines and water tenders and address the crisis in Paid Call Firefighters (PCFs) needed to drive them, the Board of Supervisors today considered the expenditure of over $500,000 to purchase two water tender/fire engine hybrid units to be put in service at Stations 12 ...

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Tourists Spend Night Trapped In Wreck After Yosemite Trip

TUOLUMNE COUNTY — A group outing to Yosemite yesterday ended with a Search and Rescue mission for the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office and CHP, and a harrowing night for three women who crashed their SUV down a steep embankment. On Monday morning, a group of 10 German tourists left San Francisco for a day of sightseeing in Yosemite National Park. ...

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Help Decide How Federal Dollars Are Spent

CLOVIS – The Fresno County/Madera County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is seeking applications from interested citizens who would like to join a committee to provide guidance for Federal dollars to be used in each of the two Counties. President Clinton signed into law the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act of 2000. This Act was designed to restore ...

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250K Gallons Lost In Oakhurst Water Main Break

OAKHURST — A water main broke overnight in the Oakhurst/Sierra Lakes portion of customers served by Hillview Water Company, sending about 250,000 gallons of water spewing away and compromising service to between 500-600 area residents. Hillview Water received a report at 4:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, that a ten-inch seamless pipe had broken, causing a 20-foot lateral split and releasing ...

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Calling Local Heroes To Become Paid Call Firefighters

Written by Maureen Walling — MADERA COUNTY — When disaster strikes, be it fire, accident or a medical emergency, we all count on our firefighters to be there in minutes to render aid. But what happens if the nearest fire station has no one available to respond? What if the station in your area is closed because there are no ...

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Residents Fight Back Against Airbnb In Their Neighborhood

NORTH FORK — Residents on Cascadel Heights Drive are taking their case to the Grand Jury, after what they say have been months of futile efforts to compel the County to enforce zoning regulations and stop allowing Airbnb’s to operate in their mountain neighborhood. Airbnb bills itself as a “trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique ...

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Crab Cakes Sold To Charles Street Dinner House Owners

OAKHURST — Crab Cakes Family Seafood Restaurant is in the process of being sold to new owners from across the bridge in Mariposa. Crab Cakes’ owner Roman Zabicki confirmed this morning that he and wife Laura have sold their locals’ favorite family restaurant to Raymond and Jennifer Newman. The Newmans own the Charles Street Dinner House in Mariposa. Roman said that ...

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Cal Fire Suspends Campfires & Outdoor Smoking On SRA

MARIPOSA – Due to the “extreme menace of wildfire and its potential to destroy life, property and natural resources,” Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) Chief Nancy Koerperich has suspended certain activities within the State Responsibility Area (SRA), including campfires and outdoor smoking. Due to current and predicted fire weather, the lack of precipitation, the dryness of vegetation, and the increased fire activity, ...

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