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Flash Flood Watch Issued For Sierra Foothills

SIERRA FOOTHILLS — The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a flash flood watch for Central California, including Madera, Mariposa and Fresno County foothills through Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 22. This advisory is mainly for the Rim Fire and El Portal fire burn areas, but extends from Yosemite to Kings Canyon. Heavy rain may cause areas of flooding and debris ...

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Sheriff’s Innovative Program Receives National Recognition

MADERA COUNTY – Former Sheriff John Anderson and his Public Information Officer Erica Stuart, are honored to announce that Madera County’s origination of the “Elder Orphan” program has been named semi-finalist by Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. In November 2012, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office launched a twice-daily telephonic welfare check for seniors living alone. ...

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Permit Exemption For Dead Tree Removal Extended

SACRAMENTO – As California’s severe drought and bark beetle epidemic has left millions of trees dead, the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection last week voted to extend a drought mortality exemption to the state’s tree removal permitting process. “With massive tree mortality across California, this exemption streamlines the process for landowners who are working to reduce their wildfire ...

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Lots Of Firewood As Road 274 Project Completed

BASS LAKE — More than 1,300 dead and dying trees have been taken down along Road 274, eliminating hazards to motorists and providing residents with a wealth of easily accessible firewood. On Wednesday, Dec. 9, crews from Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service completed the last stretch of Road 274 between Marina View and Mono Wind Way, dropping about ...

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Last Chukchansi Take-Over Defendant Settles Case

MADERA COUNTY — The last of 15 defendants charged in the attempted armed takeover at the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino in October 2014 has settled his case, according to District Attorney David Linn. Vernon King was charged with  kidnapping, false imprisonment, assault with a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon, battery causing serious injury, and assault with a stun ...

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North Fork Community Power Project Builds Steam

Submitted by Justine Reynolds NORTH FORK – A project that is expected to play an important role in dealing with the devastating tree mortality in the Sierra and provide much-needed jobs in the area has taken another big step forward. On Friday, Dec. 11, North Fork Community Power closed on New Markets Tax Credit financing with Fresno-based Central Valley New ...

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One-Lane Traffic In Oakhurst As Road Is Repaired

OAKHURST — Crews are working on a section of Highway 41 between Highway 49 and Road 426, making repairs where the recent rains have undermined the roadway. Cal Trans workers are out in force, and hope to complete the project by Saturday afternoon, but the extent of the damage is being determined as they dig out the problem area and ...

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SkyLife Helicopter Crashes, Four Lives Lost

KERN COUNTY  — ABC30 is reporting that a SkyLife helicopter which took off from Porterville has crashed in Kern County. According to officials, the helicopter was flying from Porterville Municipal Airport to Meadows Field Airport, and the pilot was not communicating with air traffic controllers as of 7:05 p.m. ABC30 reports that officials have confirmed four people were killed in ...

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Don’t Let A House Fire Ruin Your Holidays

MOUNTAIN AREA – Cal Fire is called to many home fires this time of year when the response could have been prevented by simple home heating equipment maintenance procedures. To help reduce the number of home fires the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit is reminding the public that all home-heating equipment should be inspected. The following is a list of heating problems that ...

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Yosemite’s Tioga Road Closed For The Season

YOSEMITE — With several major storms coming through the Yosemite Area later this week, Yosemite National Park is closing Tioga Road for the season. Tioga Road typically closes each fall and remains closed throughout the winter months. The road reopens when weather conditions permit in the spring. The incoming storm is expected to drop a significant amount of snow in ...

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