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Defensible Space Can Save Your Place – Inspections Underway

CENTRAL SIERRA —  Recent rains have been a welcome sight to drought parched California, but the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) firefighters are not letting their guard down. Cal Fire’s Defensible Space Inspectors (DSI) will be visiting homes within the State Responsibility Area (SRA) to enforce the Defensible Space code, Public Resource Code (PRC) 4291. It requires ...

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Program Available To Remove Dead Trees In Mariposa County

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Mariposa County Fire Safe Council (MCFSC) is excited to offer a new tree mortality assistance program to qualified Mariposa County residents. This program will improve the fire safety of senior citizen, disabled, or financially-disadvantaged households who are unable to afford the costs associated with removing hazardous trees that directly threaten their primary home. The program will ...

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No Personal Data Compromised In Sierra Tel Hack

OAKHURST/MARIPOSA — When thousands of people were suddenly unable to connect to the internet this past week, phones began ringing at Sierra Tel — the local internet provider hit with a malicious hack of one brand of modems. The service interruptions reportedly began as early as last Friday evening for some, and Sierra Tel became aware of the problem on ...

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Resident Warns of Pollution In Coarsegold Creek

COARSEGOLD — For nearly a month now, one local man has been concerned about conditions in Coarsegold Creek. Knowing that heavy rains this winter and spring may have caused some septic systems to be overwhelmed, he wants to spread the word that the creek may be contaminated, and people nearby may want to check their septic systems and possibly avoid the creek ...

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Sierra Tel Was Hacked, Say Officials

OAKHURST — Sierra Tel has announced that malicious hacking appears to have been at the root of problems experienced by internet customers over the last two days. “We are aware of a malicious hacking event that started yesterday, Apr. 10, which has affected and in many cases temporarily disabled modems in many Sierra Tel customers’ homes,” say company officials. “We ...

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County Staff Explore Vision For The Future At Annual Workshop

BASS LAKE — Last week, the County of Madera hosted its two-day Management Workshop in Bass Lake, Calif., which was titled, “United into the Future.” The annual workshop, held this year on Apr. 5 and 6, gives County staff a chance to share the challenges and successes of the past year, and plan the way forward in providing better service ...

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Internet Issues For Some Sierra Tel Customers

OAKHURST — Sierra Tel is offering up pizza and cookies as part of their customer service plan today, after more than 30 hours of interrupted internet for some customers. Many residents began to experience technical problems with internet connections on Monday morning, Apr. 10, and the number of people having difficulties grew throughout the day. “We are currently experiencing an issue that could ...

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Highway 41 Hazard Tree Removal Schedule

OAKHURST — Work continues this week north of Oakhurst, along with associated delays, as Caltrans crews continue to tackle the massive hazardous tree removal project that’s been taking place along the popular corridor since last fall. Traffic control/road closure is in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Apr. 10 through Thursday, Apr. 13. Crews will be stationed in the ...

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Residents Learn More About North Fork Roundabout

NORTH FORK — Nearly 60 people were in attendance last night at a meeting in the North Fork Rancheria Community Center to learn more about the roundabout planned for the intersection of Roads 225 and 274. County officials, CHP, sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler, and Dave Peters – the engineer who is designing the project – were ...

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Let Sheriff’s Deputies Know “We’ve Got Your Six”

MADERA COUNTY – A group of dedicated and determined citizens has created a new way for residents to support the work of the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. The Madera County Sheriff’s Foundation – a 501(c)3 established to fill essential needs not funded through the County budget – has launched their new website, and invites everyone to check it out and ...

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