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Coarsegold 7th Grade Wins County Math Tournament

MADERA COUNTY – Coarsegold Elementary School’s 7th grade and Thomas Jefferson Middle School’s 8th grade teams won the Madera County Academic Pentathlon Math Tournament on Friday. Sixteen schools and nearly 175 students participated in the Math Tournament hosted by the Madera County Office of Education.

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Deputies Honored At Real Heroes Event

FRESNO — Four Madera County Sheriff’s deputies are among those to be honored during the American Red Cross Central Valley Real Heroes Event next Friday, for their efforts during the Courtney Fire last summer. The annual event recognizes local heroes in the Central Valley who are seemingly ordinary people but have touched the lives of community members through their selfless ...

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Sheriff’s Office Open During Lunch

MADERA – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office in Madera will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and will no longer close for lunch, effective Monday, Mar. 16th, according to the department. This change applies to the Madera office only at this time. Sheriff Varney says that many people try to handle personal business during their lunch break and ...

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Wildland Firefighter Hootenanny

BASS LAKE – The Southern Yosemite Region was hit close to home and heart with the wildfires of 2013/2014. Surrounded by national parks, forests and wildlands, we depend on the over 300 wildland firefighters who live and work in our mountain communities. The Wildland Firefighter Foundation was created “To honor, recognize, and support wildland firefighters, past, present and future, and ...

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Sheriff Warns Of IRS Phone Scam

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff Jay Varney is warning residents about several reports of attempted telephone scams where the caller claims to be with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or an IRS Investigative Service. The caller attempts to convince the potential victim that money is owed or a lawsuit has been filed. The Madera County Sheriff’s Office has received reports from ...

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How Is A Hazard Reduction Burn Day Determined?

MADERA COUNTY – With so much fuel outside to burn and so little time to burn it, some may be wondering precisely how burn days are determined. Madera County 5th District Supervisor Tom Wheeler is the 2015 Chairman for the San Joaquin Valley Air Quality Control District (Valley Air District), said to be the strictest agency of its kind in ...

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Cattle Drive Starts Chowchilla Western Stampede

CHOWCHILLA – On Friday, Mar. 13, at 10 a.m., herds of cattle take over Robertson Boulevard in a historical cattle drive. Cowboys and cowgirls drive the cattle down the city’s main street to kick off three days of rodeo action where some of the best cowboys in the country vie for the coveted belt buckle as well as cash rewards.

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Help For Homeowners With Dead And Dying Trees

With estimates of a 40 percent die-off of Ponderosa Pine this year, and dead and dying trees dotting the landscape in the mountain area, Cal Fire is offering some important assistance for homeowners. The oncoming fire season, which is forecast to be even more volatile than 2014, makes it critical that diseased, dead and dying trees be removed as soon ...

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Record Number Of Students In Math Pentathlon

MADERA COUNTY – Madera County’s middle school students will be putting their minds to the test at this year’s 2015 Math Tournament. Students will take three tests: Individual Endurance, Circuit Training and Relay Race this Friday at the Madera Center. During the Circuit Training teams will be given 20 questions and 2 ½ minutes per question moving through a circuit.

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Our Beautiful Forest In Distress

MADERA COUNTY – We were drawn to North Fork by many things; one of those is the beautiful forest that surrounds us. Every morning we wake up in a park-like setting that is absolutely gorgeous. It makes me shudder inside when I see all the dead trees almost everywhere around town. Not being a forester, I know very little about ...

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