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Sheriff Launches Problem Oriented Policing Team

MADERA COUNTY – While Problem Oriented Policing (POP) has been around for quite some time, the program is new to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. In mid-May, Sgt. Larry Rich, mountain area deputy and life-long resident, was tasked with getting the new program off the ground and starting out as a team of one. “The intention is to be an ...

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Veterans Job and Resource Fair

MADERA COUNTY – Attention all veterans, National Guard, and Reservists returning from active duty. There will be Veterans Job and Resource Fair on Friday, June 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at VFW Post 1981 in Madera. The VFW Post is located at 2026 North Granada. The Job Fair is open to all job seekers – veterans and non-veterans, ...

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Captain Makes It Home After Two Weeks In The Forest

MOUNTAIN AREA – “He’s a bit quiet, sleeping very well on the bed and getting into the routine of being home,” says Anica Martinez, speaking of her returned pup, Captain. “So far he has been able to hold down food so we’re focusing on fattening him up. I think he’s a bit upset with Sasha as she’s ready to play ...

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Minarets And Madera Students Accepted To West Point

MADERA COUNTY – One student from Minarets High School and another from Madera High School have been accepted to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. On June 9, during the meeting of the Madera County Board of Supervisors, the board will recognize Grant Hall and Christopher Reiping for this outstanding achievement. Representatives from both state and federal ...

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Baby Foxes

CLOVIS – For 37 years now, mountain area resident Teri Williams has been working with a vital organization dedicated to caring for orphaned or injured native wildlife in the Central Valley. This spring, a special set of circumstances arose when four little foxes were turned over to the care of the kind-hearted volunteers who make up the staff at Fresno ...

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Get Thee To A Farmers Market

MOUNTAIN AREA – The bounty of summer continues to flourish, and with that delightful abundance in mind, it’s a great time to take a trip to a local farmers market. Whether you’re looking for locally grown produce including organics, or lovely handmade products for the bath and kitchen, or the perfect gift to give yourself, one of these nearby farmer’s ...

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Cal Fire Suspends Outdoor Residential Burning

MARIPOSA – As drought conditions continue to increase fire danger in the region, Cal Fire has suspended all burn permits for outdoor open residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Madera, Mariposa and Merced Counties. This suspension takes effect June 1, and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris including branches and leaves. “With record-setting drought conditions we ...

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Local Summer Camps & Activities

MOUNTAIN AREA – It’s summer camp time! Perhaps you’re one of those parents that already have the family’s summer camp experience completely organized already. If not, you may be the type who’s walking happily down the street and is suddenly thunderstruck by the maddening thought: school is almost out and the kids want stuff to do! The first kind of ...

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Oh Captain, Where Are You?

UPDATE – June 5, 2 p.m.: Captain has been found! Just before noon on Friday, June 5, the errant Heeler was spotted in the vicinity of Calvin Crest and Sugar Pine, heading up a dirt road. Faithful volunteers were able to corral him long enough for his humans to be contacted in Madera. The Martinez family is overjoyed and taking ...

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