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Mariposa Man Arrested, Charged With Having Sex With A 13-Year-Old

MARIPOSA – Mariposa County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 24-year-old Mariposa man on charges that include unlawful sex with a minor. Miles Imamura was taken into custody on Friday, Mar. 1, outside the home of his alleged victim – a 13-year-old whose gender is not being specified by the Sheriff’s Office at this time. During the course of their investigation ...

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Half Dome Preseason Lottery To Open Next Week

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park officials announced today that the 2019 preseason lottery for Half Dome permits will open at 7 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, Mar. 13. All hikers are required to have permits to ascend the subdome steps and the Half Dome cables when the cables are in place. Park Rangers install the Half Dome cables each spring and ...

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Sierra NF Seeks Public Input On OHV Recreation Grant Proposal

CLOVIS – The Sierra National Forest (SNF) is requesting public input for the California 2018/2019 State Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program application cycle. As part of the grant process, the SNF is requesting public input or project ideas for what individuals and organizations would like to have included in this application cycle. This public feedback ...

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Foothills Flood Watch, High Country Storm Warning

MOUNTAIN AREA — Rain and snow return to the foothills and high country as the National Weather Service (NWS) issues a Flood Watch for the foothills and a Storm Warning for the Sierra above 7,000 feet. A moisture-laden weather system arrives Tuesday and persists until Thursday, and then yet another system brings unsettled conditions Thursday night into at least Friday. ...

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Wide-Reaching Power Outage Affects Thousands

MOUNTAIN AREA — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is reporting that a power outage stretching from Bass Lake to Ahwahnee and up to Wawona had initially affected more than 3,500 customers. PG&E said that nearly 2,000 customers were without power well into the evening. By about 9 p.m., fewer than 1,000 customers were still awaiting restoration of service. By ...

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Inmate Who Escaped From Mt. Bullion Camp Apprehended

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Law enforcement officials today arrested Joseph Speakman, an offender who walked away from the Mount Bullion Conservation Camp in Mariposa County on Mar. 1. At 1:55 p.m., Speakman was found hiding near a vacant cabin located in a rural area about three miles from the Mount Bullion camp, say officials. He was taken into custody without incident, ...

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Caltrans Culvert Repair On Highway 41 Postponed For Weather

OAKHURST — Caltrans has postponed construction on Highway 41 in the Oakhurst area that was scheduled to begin on Monday, Mar. 4. The work is now set to start a week later, on Monday, Mar. 11, and motorists should be prepared for traffic delays at that time as construction work gets underway. Caltrans, in cooperation with Agee Construction, says one-way ...

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Passing On Blind Corner Leads To Bad Crash And DUI Arrest

NORTH FORK – A driver is under arrest on suspicion of DUI after crashing his pickup off Road 274 and then leaving the scene. Just before 4:30 p.m. today, Steven Leon, 29, of North Fork was southbound in a 2003 Chevy Silverado on Road 274 along the north shore of Bass Lake. According to a witness who was right behind ...

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Officials Searching For Inmate Who Walked Away From Mount Bullion Camp

MARIPOSA — California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials are searching for a minimum-security inmate who walked away from the Mount Bullion Conservation Camp in Mariposa County today. CDCR officials say that inmate Joseph Speakman, 46, was last seen during an inmate count at 3:15 a.m. on Mar. 1. He was discovered missing at 4:20 a.m. and officers immediately ...

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But Wait, There’s More: Hydrologic Outlook

MOUNTAIN AREA — The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a Hydrologic Outlook for heavy rainfall and a threat of flooding next week, as new storms impact the Central California interior during the next seven days. There’s also a Winter Storm Warning for snow in the Sierra Nevada above 7,000 feet. Either way, there will be water this week. ...

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