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PG&E Warns of Potential COVID-19 Phone, Email Scams

SACRAMENTO — During the COVID-19 outbreak, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is alerting customers to be aware of potential scam phone calls or emails threatening to shut off power if a payment is not made. Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, PG&E’s Corporate Security department has received several reports regarding scammers requesting payment on past due utility bills immediately with ...

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MCSO Modifying Operations in Response to COVID-19

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that it would be modifying its operations in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. “In an effort to do our part to help contain COVID-19 and curtail potential exposures, we are modifying our lobby/front office protocol at the Madera Sheriff’s Office and Oakhurst Substation,” said MCSO’s Facebook post. “The purpose is ...

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COVID-19 Shutters Children’s Museum; Imperils Facility’s Future

OAKHURST — The board of directors of the Children’s Museum of the Sierra has made the decision to close the popular facility in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Given the current health crisis in the world, and in an ongoing effort to curtail the possible spread of coronavirus between people, the Children’s Museum of the Sierra will close until ...

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Bass Lake Resorts Postpone Opening Day to April 10

BASS LAKE — Two popular local resorts have opted to postpone opening this season due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. Miller’s Landing and The Forks Resort both announced Thursday their opening day will now be April 10. “In the best interest of our employees, customers and our community, we have decided to postpone opening day to Friday, April 10,” ...

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Oakhurst Wireless Store Burglarized Overnight

OAKHURST — An overnight burglary at a local wireless business shattered the early morning quiet — and the store’s front window. Surveillance cameras captured the crime and now authorities are hoping someone might recognize the thief. In the pre-dawn hours Wednesday morning, Madera County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ryan Lutz responded to the Oakhurst Verizon Wireless store regarding a report of ...

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COVID-19 Forcing County to Modify Some Essential Services

MADERA — Prompted by concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the Madera County Community and Economic Development Department has began to implement changes to its menu of services. “At this time Planning and Building/Fire Safety is evaluating essential services to determine appropriate staffing and we are considering implementing an appointment-only protocol,” said a post on the County’s Facebook page. “For ...

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Supervisors Cancel Next Week’s Meeting; Table TOT-Hike Discussion

MADERA — Madera County’s Board of Supervisors held their regular meeting Tuesday — but the rapidly evolving coronavirus pandemic made the session anything but usual. The public portion of Tuesday’s meeting was somewhat abbreviated and relatively somber in tone given the nature of the COVID-19 crisis. The first decision supervisors approved was a motion to cancel next week’s regular meeting ...

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YNP Hotels, Restaurants Closing Due to COVID-19

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Concern over spread of COVID-19 is shuttering all hotels and restaurants in Yosemite National Park, including the historic Ahwahnee Hotel. Park concessionaire Aramark announced late Monday that all park facilities will be closing Tuesday for at least the rest of the month. Roads and trails will remain open throughout the park. The impacted facilities include the ...

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Lee Murder Suspect Ruled Competent to Stand Trial

MADERA — The North Fork man charged with murder in the July 2019 shooting death of prominent Mono tribal elder Gaylen Lee has been found competent to stand trial. Criminal proceedings were temporarily suspended earlier this year (Jan. 17) for Robert Eugene Moye, 47, after his court-appointed attorney questioned his client’s mental health. “At this point, I have concerns about ...

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McClintock Blasts Coronavirus Recovery Act as Dow Plunges

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WASHINGTON — Congressman Tom McClintock (R-California, 4th District) has issued a statement sharply critical of H.R. 6201 — the so-called “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” passed by the House in the early hours Saturday morning (March 14). The response came as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 2,997 points Monday — tallying its largest single point drop in history. McClintock, ...

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