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Madera Co. Search & Rescue Recruiting Volunteers

MADERA COUNTY – To save a life would you hike into forbidden wilderness, ascend a mountain peak, crawl into an abandoned mineshaft, trudge through hot sand or plunge into racing white water rapids? Volunteers with the Madera County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue team do all that and more in their struggle to provide life-saving services to those in need.

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If We Can’t Find You, We Can’t Help You

MOUNTAIN AREA – Someone you love is suffering chest pains and is in need of immediate medical attention. You call 911 and anxiously await the arrival of paramedics. Every single minute counts, and could be the difference between life and death. But how much precious time could be lost if emergency responders can’t find your house? It may seem a ...

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Shots Fired At Deputy, Two Men Captured

MADERA COUNTY – The arrest of two Madera men who reportedly opened fire on a Sheriff’s deputy has led to the discovery of what was described as “an arsenal of stolen weapons,” some of which are linked to a residential burglary in Coarsegold.

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Toys For Tots Drive Heats Up

Editor’s note: the Toys for Tots big toy roundup previously scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, has been postponed one week to Dec. 14, due to weather. Read on for more information. OAKHURST – It may be cold outside, but the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation has thousands of ways to warm the hearts of local children of all ages.

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Warming Centers Scheduled In Mountain Area

MADERA COUNTY – As winter weather approaches, the County of Madera has established the following locations as Warming Centers in the mountain area during times of extreme winter cold. The centers will be open the days and times of the week listed below, while other centers may be opened on an “as need” basis and will be announced through the ...

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Dave Wolin Appointed To Sewer District Oversight Committee

OAKHURST – Oakhurst resident Dave Wolin was appointed to the MD22A Sewer District Oversight Committee by the Madera County Board of Supervisors at their regular meeting on Nov. 26. Wolin currently serves on the Oakhurst Community Advisory Council and Madera County Film Commission and chairs the Eastern Madera County Economic Development and Eastern Madera County Emergency Preparedness Committee.

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Area Christmas Bird Counts Scheduled

MOUNTAIN AREA – Bird lovers, photographers and any interested parties are invited to join the National Audubon Society’s 114th Christmas Bird Count (CBC). The CBC is an annual international bird census that began on Christmas Day in 1900. It now numbers more than 2,500 individual counts, and will be held throughout the area between Dec. 14, 2013, and Jan. 3, ...

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North Fork Chamber Pens 'Open Letter to the Community'

Submitted by the North Fork Chamber of Commerce Dear Eastern Madera County Residents and Business Owners, Mountain Area Chambers of Commerce organizations are comprised of volunteers who dedicate their time and expertise to revitalize our economy. We believe the quality of life we enjoy as residents parallels that warm, nurturing feeling families get when they visit Eastern Madera County.

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What Happens When Your Money Leaves The County?

Submitted by the North Fork Chamber of Commerce EASTERN MADERA COUNTY – On Monday, Dec. 2, the North Fork Chamber of Commerce released a letter encouraging residents to ‘Think Local First’ this holiday season and support local business. The letter, which cites data from a recent consumer study, describes how money spent locally helps build sustainable communities, and explains how ...

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December Audubon Features "Birds Of Brazil"

MARIPOSA – Brazil conjures up many images among Americans — Rio de Janeiro, the Amazon, tropical rainforests and abundant, exotic animals, especially its stunningly colorful birds. The largest country in South America, Brazil is home to a hugely rich diversity of avifauna — more than 1,800 species of birds, more than 200 of them endemic (found only there). Sixty percent ...

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