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COVID-19 Axes 2020 Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree

NORTH FORK – The board of directors of the North Fork Boosters Club announced last last week that the 2020 edition of the Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree, one of the mountain area’s most popular annual events, is being cancelled due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.“This is tough!” said a post on the Boosters Facebook page. “For sixty straight years ...

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Supervisors to Recognize CHP Officer’s Heroism at Angel Falls

MADERA — The Madera County Board of Supervisors plan to honor California Highway Patrol Officer Brent Donley this week (May 19), awarding a “Certificate of Recognition” after Donley saved a man trapped last weekend in a raging whirlpool above Bass Lake.Donley’s impromptu heroics took place at Angel Falls in the Sierra National Forest.On a hike while off duty last Saturday, ...

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Mariposa County Sees First COVID-19 Fatality

MARIPOSA — County health officials have reported the first local death from COVID-19.Health officials confirmed Friday morning that a 78-year-old Mariposa County woman died from coronavirus. The woman, who reportedly had underlying health conditions, contracted COVID-19 from a Stanislaus County nursing and rehabilitation center, health officials said. Mariposa County has reported a total of just 15 cases. All of the ...

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Sugar Pine Road Tree Work Begins: Expect Weekday Delays

MOUNTAIN AREA — Tree crews have started clearing hundreds of dead trees along Sugar Pine Road (Road 630). The work site is located off of Highway 41 between Oakhurst and Fish Camp. Intermittent road closures adjacent to the project began Thursday (May 14) and will remain in place from Monday through Friday, causing 20-minute delays for some motorists for at ...

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Martinez Responds to Gov’s Executive Order on Upcoming Election

Picture of an elephant, a donkey, and a ballot box.

MADERA  — Rebecca Martinez, Madera County clerk-recorder and registrar of voters, has responded to Governor Gavin Newsome’s executive order, issued on May 8, regarding the November 3 General Election. “The Governor’s action requires that all registered voters be issued a vote by mail ballot for the upcoming general election,” Martinez saaid. “This will be business as usual for Madera County ...

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Mariposa County Gets OK to Move to Phase 2.5

MARIPOSA — Mariposa County officials received word late Wednesday from the California Department of Public Health that the county’s “Roadmap to Reopen” has been approved and the county can now immediately move to Phase 2.5. ​​​​​​​What does Phase 2.5 mean for Mariposa County residents? To stay in Phase 2.5, the county must avoid the spread of COVID-19, so Mariposa County ...

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Governor OKs ‘Phase 2.5’ Re-openings for 16 Counties

MOUNTAIN AREA — More than a dozen counties in California can move further into stage two of the state’s four-phased reopening plan, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced this week — but Mariposa and Madera counties are not on the list. As of Wednesday afternoon, 16 of California’s 58 counties had been approved by the state to reopen schools, dine-in restaurants and ...

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Annual Ceremony Honors Fallen Law Enforcement Officers

MADERA – On Tuesday, law enforcement agencies from around Madera County gathered to remember fallen officers in Madera County as well as to honor the memories of all of the law enforcement members who died in the line of duty in 2019 in California.Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s ceremony — the 13th annual — was a bit different, ...

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Fighter Jet Flyover to Honor Front Line COVID-19 Fighters

MOUNTAIN AREA — Madera County residents will be treated to an aerial show of appreciation and gratitude this morning aimed at all of those involved in the front line battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.Four F-15C Eagle fighter jets attached to the 144th Fighter Wing out of Fresno will be performing a formation flyover throughout California beginning at 10 a.m. today ...

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Supervisors OK First Reading of New Industrial Hemp Ordinance

MADERA — In a rare 3-2 split vote on Tuesday, the Madera County Board of Supervisors approved the first reading of a new ordinance regulating the growth of industrial hemp in the county. The updated regulations set the table for large-scale expansion of industrial hemp in the county, with some ag experts predicting the new “green” rush could lead to ...

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