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Heavy Snowpack Damages Facilities In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — Due to the exceptionally heavy snowpack in Yosemite National Park and the subsequent extensive damage to many park facilities, officials have announced that there will be late seasonal openings to facilities throughout the park. Yosemite National Park experienced significant snowfall over the winter season. The March 1 snow survey showed that both the Merced and Tuolumne River drainages ...

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Supervisors OK Snow Line Liquor License, Oakhurst Bar Could Reopen By May

OAKHURST – Plans to reopen Oakhurst’s iconic Snow Line Depot took a giant step forward Tuesday when Madera County supervisors unanimously OK’d a so-called Letter of Public Convenience and Necessity required for the new owner to obtain a liquor license. North Fork’s Jennifer McMillan, who purchased the Snow Line in September 2018, is trying to bring the popular local watering ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log Through Mar. 10

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Mar. 4 to Sunday, Mar. 10, 2019. Coarsegold theft On Tuesday, Mar. 5 at 9:56 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to the 45000 block of Park Sierra Drive in regards to a theft. A report was taken for documentation only. Oakhurst possible ...

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Hillview Water Completes Major Upgrades, Customers Balk At Rate Increase

OAKHURST – Hillview Water has just completed major upgrades to its water system — but some of the company’s customers are having a hard time swallowing a new 10.2 percent rate hike just floated by the Oakhurst-based utility. The company’s recent upgrades — along with the proposed surcharge — were outlined in a letter sent to customers last week. The ...

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Sheriff Says ‘Dispute’ At Chukchansi Tribal Offices Was A Civil Matter

COARSEGOLD – While residents on Road 417 may have been concerned about today’s presence of law enforcement near the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino, the Madera County Sheriffs Office (MCSO) says the response was simply to assist with a civil matter involving a trespass. Deputies responded earlier today to reports of a dispute at the former tribal council offices for ...

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Expect Delays During Caltrans Culvert Repair On Highway 41

OAKHURST — Caltrans has announced that the one-way traffic control we’ve been expecting on State Route 41 is planned for the next two weeks, as part of a culvert repair project in cooperation with Agee Construction. The work was previously scheduled, then postponed due inclement weather. The following daytime one-way traffic control will be in effect, weather permitting: Beginning Monday, ...

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Funding Available For Projects On National Forest And Nearby Lands

CLOVIS – The Fresno/Madera County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is seeking applications for projects that would enhance forest ecosystems or restore and improve land health and water quality on the Sierra National Forest and other nearby lands. The RAC will recommend projects for funding in for both Fresno County and Madera County, made available through the Secure Rural Schools and ...

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Caller Impersonating Madera Sheriff Sergeant, It’s A Scam

MADERA COUNTY – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens about a man who has been making phone calls to residents throughout the county impersonating a sheriff’s sergeant regarding outstanding warrants. This is a scam! The Sheriff’s Office will never request funds or personal identifying information over the phone. If you receive a phone call of this nature, please ...

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