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Yosemite High School Wins Mock Trial Competition!

OAKHURST, CA. – Yosemite High School won the 2022 Honorable Edward P. Moffat Madera County Mock Trial held between January 19-February 2.  Yosemite will compete at the state Mock Trial March 17-20. Yosemite High School battled Madera High, Madera South High, Matilda Torres High, and Minarets High Schools.  This is the first year that Matilda Torres and Minarets High Schools ...

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CAL FIRE Accepting Wildfire Resilience Grant Applications

CAL FIRE NOW ACCEPTING WILDFIRE RESILIENCE BLOCK GRANT APPLICATIONS $10 million in funding available to support private forestland owners SACRAMENTO – CAL FIRE is announcing up to $10 million in funding available for Wildfire Resilience Block Grants. Funding to support private forestland owners is provided through the Budget Act of 2021 and supports California’s goals of improved forest health, resilience ...

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Prescribed Burn in SNF

Sierra National Forest continues with the winter/spring prescribed burning on the Bass Lake Ranger District Mountain Communities — The Sierra National Forest (SNF) will continue prescribed burning within the Bass Lake Ranger District, beginning Tuesday, February 15th thru Sunday, February 20th as weather and air quality is optimal to start ignitions. These treatments will consist of understory burning removing fuels ...

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Valentine’s Day Balloons Need a Weight

Mountain Communities –  With  Valentine’s Day festivities taking place next week, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reminds customers that nothing puts a damper on a romantic evening faster than a widespread power outage.  If your holiday celebration includes metallic balloons, make sure they are securely tied with a weight to keep them from floating away. Metallic balloons that contact ...

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Update from PG&E on Fire Risk

As More Cameras, Weather Stations and Grid Devices Were Installed, Re-engineered Circuit Settings Cut Ignitions. The Path Begins to Put 10,000 Miles of Powerlines Underground Mountain Communities — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reached major milestones in 2021 in reducing the risk of wildfires to improve the safety of the electric system. The safety work was a part of ...

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One-Way Traffic Control on Route 49

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MARIPOSA COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will perform various operations on State Routes 49, 132 and 140 next week in Mariposa County. Work is scheduled to be performed as follows: Route 49 – Single-lane closure at various locations from the Mariposa/Madera County Line to Route 140 for sweeping operations beginning Monday, February 14, through Friday, February 18, ...

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CHP Calls for Safety on Super Bowl Sunday

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — While the National Football League’s top two teams are preparing to battle it out on the field this weekend, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is making its game plan to keep the motoring public safe long after the celebrations have ended. Millions of people will watch the Super Bowl this year, with some attending parties and others ...

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Wildfire Wednesday: Evacuation Plan – Part 1

This is the first in a series of articles SNO will be doing called “Wildfire Wednesday.” To begin, there will be 8 articles presenting “The 12 Step Guide to Help Plan in Advance for Evacuation.” This guide was put together by Katie Hepler and the members of the California Fire Support Group on Facebook. The California Fire Support Group is ...

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Wildworks, the New Kids in Town

Nature of Wildworks is new to Coarsegold, having purchased land and moved there in Oct. 2021, the organization had a home in Topanga Canyon in Southern California for more than 25 years. Fires, changing times, and zoning issues changed all that and caused Los Angeles County to require them to move.  COARSEGOLD — There’s a new guy in town. His ...

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Glacier High School Charter Wins Academic Decathlon

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MADERA COUNTY — In a battle of wits, Glacier High School Charter triumphed over their rivals, making them the champions of the 40th Madera County Academic Decathlon. Glacier earned a score of 28,824.9 and will advance to the California Academic Decathlon and compete against the best teams in the state in mid-March. Seven schools competed on Feb. 5 in this ...

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