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Citrus Quarantine In Parts Of Madera County

MADERA COUNTY – Parts of Madera County have been placed under quarantine by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) after a single Asian citrus psyllid was found in the Madera Lake area. Citrus and curry tree nursery stock may not leave the area. All citrus fruit must be cleaned of leaves and stems prior to moving out of ...

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Tom Wheeler Hosts Town Hall Meeting

OAKHURST – District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler will host his first Town Hall meeting of 2015 on Thursday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Oakhurst Community Center. Firewise Coordinator Roger Maybee will discuss Firewise Communites, and Planning Division Deputy Director Matt Treber will talk about proposed plans for the Austin Quarry near Highways 41 and 145.

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Sierra Welcomes New Deputy District Ranger

CLOVIS – The Sierra National Forest is elated to welcome the new Deputy District Ranger for the High Sierra Ranger District, Sarah LaPlante. Sarah comes from the White Mountain National Forest in Region 9, located across the states of New Hampshire and Maine, where she worked as an Assistant Recreation and Special Uses Manager.

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Big Dollar Incentives To Burn Clean

MADERA COUNTY – Residents who qualify and are selected for a new clean-air program could earn between $1,000 to $2,500 for trading in old wood and pellet-burning stoves in favor of new devices designed to reduce environmental pollution. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is currently accepting applications for its Burn Cleaner Program. The program provides incentives to ...

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Girls Sign Up For Softball

MOUNTAIN AREA – Are you ready for some softball? Online registration is now open for Yosemite Girls Softball League (YGSL), and all girls ages 5 – 15 are invited to participate. No experience is required and Opening Day is March 14 at Yosemite High School (YHS).

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First Day Of MASS Season Finally Here

Hey Instructors! Are you ready for some fun? This Friday, January 9th, will be the start of the 2015 ski season. The weather should prove to beautiful with just enough snow to keep the beginning students happy. The cooler temperatures have allowed the snow to maintain a decent texture. The maintenance experts at Badger Pass due a great job keeping ...

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Are You Cut Out To Be A Forest Fire Lookout?

MOUNTAIN AREA – From atop the mountain perch overlooking a vast expanse of green, eyes are carefully trained to spot the early tell-tale signs of forest fire. A wisp of smoke triggers a series of actions that can mean the difference between safety and catastrophe.

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Fire Management Officer Joe Reyes Retires

Sierra National Forest Fire Management Officer Joe Reyes Retires Clovis, CA– As people move on from the Forest, they take with them an inestimable amount of knowledge and experience gained through the years spent with the agency. Joe Reyes, or Chief 1 as he is also known, began his career 35 fire seasons ago in 1980. Joe has been the ...

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Iconic Dispatcher Hippy Mike Retires

Clovis, CA – December 23, 2014. We arrived at the Sierra Emergency Command Center (ECC) to greet a relaxed Hippy Mike, aka Mike Walsh, in the break room fixing up a pot of coffee. He guided us back to Forest Service control room with rows and panels of computer monitors and banks of equipment which included an enhanced “911” system, ...

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Sierra National Forest Bids Farewell To Friends

CLOVIS – As people move on from the Sierra National Forest, they take with them an inestimable amount of knowledge and experience gained through the years spent with the agency. In the past few weeks, several of those folks have moved on to the next chapter of their lives, leaving very big shoes to fill.

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