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Join Madera County Search & Rescue Team

MADERA COUNTY — Madera County’s nationally recognized Search & Rescue Team is currently accepting new applications through the end of the year. Applications can be picked up at either the Sheriff’s main office at 2725 Falcon Drive in Madera, or the Sheriff’s substation at 48267 Liberty Drive in Oakhurst. Interested candidates are urged to complete and submit an application. They ...

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Good Progress On Road 274 Hazard Tree Project

BASS LAKE – Multiple agencies were out in force today clearing hazard trees from Road 274 on the north side of Bass Lake. The 3-day project is a cooperative effort between Cal Fire, the U.S. Forest Service, the Madera County Fire Department, County Roads and the Sheriff’s Office. Some 1,200 trees have been identified as posing a hazard to motorists ...

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Project Removes Dead Trees On Road 274 – Expect Delays

BASS LAKE — With winter weather approaching, bringing the potential for high winds and heavy snows, the dangers posed by dead trees along mountain roadways has become very real. Cal Fire, in conjunction with the US Forest Service, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office and County Roads, is getting out ahead of this dangerous situation by removing hazard trees that threaten ...

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ARkStorms and The Godzilla El Niño

COARSEGOLD – Though not every El Niño brings torrential rain and the resulting disasters, analysts believe with 95 percent certainty that this winter’s event will do just that, says John Kirk of the California Department of Water Resources. Kirk addressed a standing-room-only crowd at the Clubhouse in Yosemite Lakes Park on Saturday, introducing them to new terms and concepts, such ...

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Cal Fire Lifts Burn Permit Suspension On Nov. 23

MOUNTAIN AREA — Effective Monday, Nov. 23, at 8 a.m., the burn permit suspension in Madera Mariposa Merced Unit (MMU) of Cal Fire will be lifted, which will affect State Responsibility Areas within Mariposa, Madera and Merced Counties. Cal Fire MMU Unit Chief, Nancy Koerperich, is formally cancelling the burn permit suspension, with no elevation restrictions, and advises that those ...

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Local Artists’ Work Now Graces Courthouse Walls

Submitted by The North Fork History Group – MADERA COUNTY — With the new courthouse recently opened in Madera, there were a lot of bare walls just waiting to display beautiful works of art for visitors and employees to enjoy. Rather than purchasing artwork for the building, the County decided to offer local photographers the opportunity to submit digital photographs ...

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Students Present Mosaic To Board Of Supervisors

MADERA – On Tuesday, Nov. 17, the Madera High School “Autism Social Skills Class” will present one of their projects to the Madera County Board of Supervisors. The project is a large-scale mosaic of the Madera County Seal. The Board will host a public presentation during their regular meeting to promote the students and to thank them for the present. ...

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Cal Fire Continues To Staff During Winter Months

SACRAMENTO – While recent rains and cooler temperatures have lowered the threat of wildfires in some areas of the State, Cal Fire continues to have extra firefighter staffing statewide and remains at peak fire season in Central and Southern California. Last week alone Cal Fire crews responded to nearly 50 new wildfires. Even as Cal fire transitions out of peak ...

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District Attorney’s Office Awarded DUI Prosecution Grant

MADERA COUNTY – Those arrested for DUI in Madera County, especially repeat offenders and those involved in fatal or injury crashes, can expect to face highly trained, specialized prosecutors, thanks to a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, says District Attorney David Linn. The $131,585 grant to the Madera County District Attorney’s Office will fund a Vertical Prosecution ...

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Hearing Set For Final Chukchansi Defendant

MADERA – The only defendant to reject a plea deal from the District Attorney’s office in connection with the October 2014 attempted take-over at the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino, is headed toward trial. District Attorney David Linn announced yesterday, following a hearing in Department 22 of the Madera Superior Court, that his office will be proceeding to a preliminary ...

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