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Longtime Leader at Devils Postpile National Monument Retiring

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN — Deanna Dulen, longtime superintendent of Devils Postpile National Monument, has announced that she is retiring from the National Park Service at the end of May. Dulen started her career in 1979 as a seasonal firefighter with Olympic National Forest — a job that sparked her passion for the great outdoors and public service. She’s also worked as ...

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Madera County Gets Greenlight to Move to Stage 2.5

MADERA — Madera County has approval from the state to move to Stage 2.5 on the governor’s Roadmap to Re-opening. Local health officials submitted documentation to the state on this week (May 19) confirming the county’s ability to meet the readiness criteria set by the governor — and the County’s “attestation” was approved by the state Wednesday morning.At a press ...

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SNF Extends Closure Order to June 4; Opens Some Day-Use, Picnic Sites

MOUNTAIN AREA – The Sierra National Forest announced Wednesday (May 20) that most developed recreation sites within the National Forest will remain closed through June 4, 2020.  The Closure Order does not apply to trails, trailheads and general forest areas — and officials said “dispersed camping remains available and open for public use.” “Information on individual recreation sites and opportunities ...

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Supervisor Wheeler to Host Zoom Town Hall Wednesday

MOUNTAIN AREA – District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler will hold a virtual Town Hall meeting on Wednesday (May 27). The meeting, which will be conducted on Zoom, will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.The details for tuning into the online meeting are available at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85279998965 (Meeting ID: 852 7999 8965)Supervisor Wheeler is asking that constituents submit questions in ...

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Varney Leaving Sheriff’s Job to Become County’s Top Administrator

MADERA — Madera County Sheriff Jay Varney is trading his badge and uniform for a suit, tie and fourth-floor office at the Madera County Government Center. The surprise announcement introducing Varney as Madera County’s new top administrator took place at a press conference held Wednesday morning at the Madera County Government Center. “Throughout my career, I have been a results-oriented, ...

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Oakhurst CHP Resuming VIN Inspections

OAKHURST — The California Highway Patrol has announced that beginning this week, the Oakhurst area office’s VIN officers will be accepting appointments for VIN (vehicle identification number) inspections. Mountain area residents in need of a VIN verification may call the CHP office (658-6590) Monday through Friday during regular business hours to schedule an inspection. “We will have safety protocols during ...

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Madera Supervisors Postpone Final Vote on New Hemp Ordinance

MADERA — The Madera County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday delayed a final decision on whether to approve large-scale expansion of industrial hemp in the county.The final vote on the new ordinance was scheduled for today’s meeting but the board made some last-minute changes, including increasing the maximum allowable size of fields from 50 to 80 acres — and decreasing ...

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Newsom Eases Standards, Says State Could Move to Phase 3 in Early June

NAPA — California will loosen key standards for counties seeking to reopen their economies faster, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday.All but five of California’s 58 counties — including Madera County — will qualify for a variance from the statewide stay-at-home order through the new rules, though not all may choose to seek one, the governor said. Madera County officials sent ...

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State Supreme Court to Hear Mono Casino Case Early Next Month

NORTH FORK — Mono tribal officials are hopeful the last remaining legal barriers may soon be removed in the tribe’s nearly 20-year effort to build a casino and hotel off Highway 99 near Madera.On June 2, the California Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case of United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria v Newsom. ...

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Fresno Man Dies in Weekend Drowning Accident at Angel Falls

BASS LAKE — A Fresno man died Sunday afternoon (May 17) while trying to cross Willow Creek near Angel Falls.The Madera County Sheriff’s Office confirmed late Sunday afternoon that Marcos Moreno, 30, of Fresno, drowned in what was initially reported to be a “medical” rescue off Road 274 at Willow Creek.The accident happened around 12:30 p.m. above Bass Lake.Law enforcement ...

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