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Officials: ‘Drive-Through/Drive-In’ Events Banned over Easter Weekend

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — In advance of the Easter weekend, Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) Director Sara Bosse issued a directive this week regarding preventive measures mountain community members should be taking with regard to “public” events. In her directive, Bosse emphasized that so-called “drive-through and drive-in” events do not qualify for an exception to the current ban on ...

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Finance Director: Pandemic ‘Impacting’ County’s Budget

MADERA — The Madera County Board of Supervisors heard some sobering statistics this week about how COVID-19 is impacting County coffers. Joel Bugay, the County’s finance director, told supervisors at their Tuesday meeting that the pandemic will have “both short- and long-term financial impacts” for Madera County. “Revenue we had counted on potentially will not materialize,” Bugay said. At Tuesday’s ...

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Director: Children’s Museum of the Sierra to Close ‘Permanently’

OAKHURST — After 23 years of serving families and children throughout the mountains and central San Joaquin Valley, the Children’s Museum of the Sierra in Oakhurst on Tuesday announced the permanent closure of the popular facility. Museum Director Jim Elliott announced the unfortunate news in a press release late today. “We are extremely proud of our community museum,” Elliott said. ...

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New County Partnership Responds to Gov.’s ‘Project Roomkey’ Initiative

MADERA — In response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s Project Roomkey initiative, Madera County has formed a partnership to identify at-risk members of the community who may need shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic. The partnership consists of the Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), Community Action Partnership of Madera County (CAPMC), Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), Madera County Department of ...

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Rotary Offering Free Online Healthcare Training for Volunteers Wishing to Assist in Pandemic

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OAKHURST — Rotary International, through Volunteer Surge, is offering free, online training designed for volunteers who wish to assist professional healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic — either from their home or in the field. This free, online training program is open to any adult age 18+ and requires no special skills. The training is adapted from Certified Nursing Assistant ...

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Supervisors Meet Tuesday, 3 Via Teleconferencing

MADERA — The Madera County Board of Supervisors will hold their regularly scheduled board meeting tomorrow (April 7) — but Tuesday’s session is certain to be anything but “regular” as the board chambers at the County Government Center will be closed to the public due to COVID-19 — and the board will achieve a quorum via three supervisors videoconferencing into ...

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Highway 140 Reopens; Sandbags Available to Local Residents

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Highway 140 has reopened after authorities closed the road Sunday in advance of expected debris flow created by this weekend’s heavy rains. The closure ran from the Briceburg Grade to Cedar Lodge. Authorities said Monday that Mariposa County residents dealing with localized flooding caused by the storm can pick up sandbags at the Mormon Bar and Don ...

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CA Department of Aging, AARP Introduce COVID-19 Resource Card

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Aging, in partnership with AARP, is releasing the California For All Resource Card, a one-stop information guide on COVID-19 for ALL Californians – but especially designed for older adults. The Resource Card is a centerpiece of Governor Gavin Newsom’s “Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In.” campaign, which urges all Californians to help combat social ...

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Highway 140 Closed Sunday in Advance of Predicted Flooding

YOSMEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Park officials announced Sunday morning that Highway 140 will close today (April 5) at noon. The closure, in effect for the highway west of Yosemite, from Cedar Lodge to Yosemite Bug, is due to a forecast of heavy rain and debris flows in the area. Check https://roads.dot.ca.gov/ for updates. There is emergency access only for residents ...

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PG&E: ‘Working to Minimize Outages in Light of Shelter-at-Home Orders’

MOUNTAIN AREA — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) said Friday the utility remains focused and engaged on “essential projects to provide continuity of service during this critical time and for the safety of its customers and communities.” These essential projects, according to a press release issued by PG&E, involve “maintaining, repairing and upgrading the safety and reliability of its ...

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