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County Supervisors Signal Readiness To OK Industrial Hemp Production

MADERA COUNTY — The Madera County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, July 2 voted 4-to-1 to direct the County’s agricultural commissioner to begin crafting an ordinance to regulate the cultivation of industrial hemp in Madera County. “This is a cash crop that Madera County can really make some money on,” said Supervisor Tom Wheeler. “People have been using [hemp] since ...

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Cal Fire Warns Of Dangers As 4th Of July Approaches

SACRAMENTO – Fourth of July is synonymous with sun, fun, barbeque and fireworks. Cal Fire reminds everyone to do their part to have a safe holiday and help prevent wildfires and injuries caused by fireworks. Two out of five fires on the 4th of July are caused by fireworks, more than any other cause of fires. Most of these incidents ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log Through June 30

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, June 24 to Sunday, June 30, 2019. Coarsegold narcotics  On Monday, June 24 at 6:37 p.m. a deputy was dispatched to 46000 block of Lucky Lane regarding found narcotics. An item was recovered and booked for destruction. The case was closed. North ...

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Holiday Campfire Safety Helps Prevent Wildfires

CLOVIS — Will you be celebrating our nation’s independence over the 4th of July holiday weekend with a visit to the Sierra National Forest? Activities such as camping, backpacking and picnicking in the great outdoors often include the enjoyment of a campfire to provide warmth on cool evenings or for roasting marshmallows and basking in the glow of the flames ...

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Vegetation Fire Near Millerton Lake

FRIANT — Just before 10 a.m. today firefighters were called to the scene of a vegetation fire burning on the Bass Lake Ranger District in the vicinity of Road 206 near Millerton Lake. The first engine on scene reported the fire at approximately 5 acres with the potential for 100 acres. Crews from Cal Fire and Madera County responded to ...

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Supervisors Expected to OK Permit, Fee Schedule Hikes

MADERA — Madera County supervisors are expected this week to OK a 2.7-percent across-the-board increase to the fee schedule the County charges for everything from development fees and building, grading and water well permits to fees for regular planning review services and commercial building valuations. At their meeting on Tuesday, July 2, supervisors will hold a public hearing on the ...

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Today’s Actions Affect Tomorrow’s National Forests And Local Communities

By Dean Gould, Forest Supervisor, Sierra National Forest and Rachel Smith, Acting Forest Supervisor, Sequoia National Forest/Giant Sequoia National Monument —  SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — The Sierra and Sequoia National Forests cover nearly 2.5 million acres and almost half of the state’s population lives within a four-hour drive of these forests. Even if you don’t visit one of these forests, ...

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Yosemite’s Tioga Road Opens To Unrestricted Traffic

YOSEMITE — Officials in Yosemite National Park have announced that the Tioga Road will open to unrestricted vehicular traffic on Monday, July 1, at 8 a.m. From now until the full opening Monday morning, vehicular access will continue to be available from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will continue to be no stopping ...

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Cal Fire Plans Training Burn For Long Ranch

MARIPOSA COUNTY — The Cal Fire Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) will conduct a vegetation management training burn on Friday, June 28 on the Long Ranch located on Old Highway near Yaqui Gulch. The training will consist of burning 38 acres of annual grass, oak woodland and sparse brush. The purpose of the burn is to train firefighting personnel in firing strategies ...

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Undersheriff Tyson Pogue Graduates From Elite FBI Academy Program

QUANTICO, Va. — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) announces the graduation of Undersheriff Tyson Pogue from the 276th Session of the FBI National Academy-Quantico in Quantico, Virginia. Undersheriff Pogue is an 18-year veteran of MCSO and currently serves as second in command. Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program offers ten weeks of advanced, executive-level leadership ...

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