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Power Outage in Yosemite Valley to Last into Next Week

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Park officials announced Friday that power went out in Yosemite Valley on Thursday evening (June 25). The cause of the outage was “downed power lines,” according to a brief press release. Power is expected to remain off in the area until Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.“On Monday, contracted crews will begin repairs, which will take two ...

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Madera Man Drowns at Hensley Lake

MADERA COUNTY — A 27-year-old developmentally disabled Madera man died in an apparent drowning accident Thursday afternoon at Hensley Lake.The Madera County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim as Carl Jefferson.“We received the call at 4:31 p.m. of a caregiver reporting a dependent adult missing near Hensley Lake,” said Deputy Sarah Jackson, MCSO public information officer. “We immediately sent deputies ...

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Hospital Staffer in Mariposa Tests Positive for COVID-19

MARIPOSA — A John C. Fremont Healthcare District clinical staff member with patient contact has tested positive for COVID-19 — the first case of a hospital worker testing positive. “This individual is not one of the eight staff members that were potentially exposed from the two positive cases identified at the District earlier in the week,” said a release issued ...

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COVID Spike Spurs Yosemite to Close Popular Campgrounds

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Park officials are reversing course two weeks after reopening and now say they will hold off on allowing visitor use of half a dozen popular park campgrounds until at least August 1.The decision comes after a spike in new coronavirus cases across the state since the Memorial Day weekend. Late Tuesday evening, park officials issued this ...

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Crews Douse Vegetation Fire North of Coarsegold

COARSEGOLD — Local CAL FIRE crews mobilized Monday afternoon to fight a vegetation fire that sparked in the hills just off Highway 41 at Morava Road.An air tanker and helicopter were also used to extinguish the brush fire before it could threaten any structures. Madera County Fire Chief Matt Watson estimated Monday’s blaze at about 10 acres. “We’ve got the ...

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MCSO Identifies Man Who Died after Jumping into Bass Lake

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BASS LAKE — The man who died Saturday afternoon at Bass Lake after being pulled out of the water in a nonresponsive state has been identified as Logan Traver Meleskie, 63, of Sacramento.The incident occurred at 3:30 p.m., according to Deputy Sarah Jackson, MCSO’s public information officer.Meleskie and his family were at Bass Lake on a boating excursion. “Their boat ...

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Judge Approves PG&E’s $58 Billion Bankruptcy Settlement Plan

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge on Friday OK’d a $58 billion plan by the nation’s largest utility to reemerge from 18 months of bankruptcy protection that began after Pacific Gas & Electric’s outdated equipment sparked California wildfires that killed more than 100 people, wiped out entire towns — and led the company’s leaders to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter ...

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Madera County Awarded $200K Grant for New ‘Mobile’ Library

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MADERA — At this week’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Madera County Library officials announced that their application for a grant from the California State Library’s “Bringing the Library to You Mobile Library Grant” program has been awarded $206,000. Library officials plan to use the grant award to purchase a new vehicle that will be customized to function as a mobile ...

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Governor Issues Statewide Mask Order

SACRAMENTO — A new, statewide order was put in place Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom requiring face masks be worn in most public settings, particularly those indoors. Newsom said he’s implementing the order in an effort to maintain the progress made in reopening the state’s economy. “Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered – putting at ...

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SNF Increasing Public Access, Opening More Facilities

MOUNTAIN AREA — The Sierra National Forest (SNF) is increasing forest access for the public by opening additional developed recreational opportunities across the forest, including twenty-three campgrounds that will open today (June 18). “Visitors are encouraged to check the Forest website and social media pages for the most up-to-date information on what is open so that you can plan your ...

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