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Bass Lake Courthouse Will Close, Safety Over Convenience Say Judges

OAKHURST – Judges, attorneys and interested citizens gathered last night at the Oakhurst Community Center to discuss the impending closure of the Bass Lake Courthouse. Though everyone was there to voice their opposition to the loss of the courthouse, it was apparent early on that the decision was final and would not be changed. Madera Superior Court Presiding Judge Joseph ...

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Sheriff’s Office Locates Missing At Risk Man

UPDATE: 2 p.m. Missing at risk adult Tyler Barr, Jr. has been safely located by Madera County Sheriff’s Detectives. He is being reunited with his family in Madera. Original article: MADERA COUNTY — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing at risk adult. Tyler Barr, Jr., age 23, was last heard from shortly ...

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Tree Mortality Work In Madera County Update October 24

Written by Sarah Bolton – OAKHURST – Blue Ridge Services, Inc., a waste and vegetation management company hired by Madera County to oversee the county’s tree mortality mitigation project, has been making consistent progress to remove dead and dying trees near county infrastructure. Blue Ridge Services (BRS) has sent Right of Entry forms to every private residence with dead trees ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log Through October 21

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Oct. 15, to Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. Coarsegold theft On Monday, Oct. 15 at 4:40 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to a business located within the 46000 block of Lucky Lane regarding a report of a theft. This case has been forwarded ...

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Campfire Restrictions Lifted On The Sierra National Forest

CLOVIS – The Sierra National Forest Bass Lake and High Sierra Ranger Districts have lifted Forest Order #05-15-18-14 Fire Restrictions, effective Oct. 22. Campfire permits are required on the Sierra National Forest for the use of campfires, charcoal fires or portable gas stoves outside of a designated recreation area even when there are no “fire restrictions” in place. These permits ...

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Cal Fire To Conduct Training Burn Near Yaqui Gulch

MARIPOSA – The Cal Fire Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) will be conducting a vegetation management training burn on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 24 and 25, on the Long Ranch located on Old Highway near Yaqui Gulch. The training will consist of burning four sections of annual grass, oak woodland and sparse brush, totaling about 95 acres and will take place between ...

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Public Comment Period On Madera Sheriff OES Emergency Plans

MADERA – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services is placing three County Emergency Plans out for public comment. The three plans are described as follows: Emergency Operations Plan: This plan is a framework document which outlines how the County will respond to an emergency. The EOP sets guidelines to manage a disaster in an effective, efficient, and timely ...

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Highway 41 Fires Started By Vehicle Malfunction

O’NEALS – Several fires that started along Highway 41 last Friday night serve as a good reminder to everyone that fire season is not over, and that keeping your vehicle in good working order is crucial to “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire.” Just after 11 p.m. on Oct. 19, crews responded to reports of three fires burning along the ...

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Earthquake Rattles Nerves Near Oakhurst

OAKHURST — Foothill residents may have been awakened last night by the jolt of an earthquake not far from Oakhurst, which was alternately described by readers as a crack, a boom, rolling, rumble, shock, shake and a jerk. We heard it was felt from Mariposa to Prather, if not farther. Now, the U.S. Geological Survey says that a 3.1 magnitude earthquake has ...

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