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Mariposa’s ‘Double Rainbow Guy’ Dies at 57

MARIPOSA — The creator of one of the country’s most memorable viral nature videos has died. Paul L. Vasquez, the burly, bearded mountain man whose emotional, awestruck reaction upon seeing a double rainbow propelled him to internet stardom and turned him into a folk hero, passed away over the weekend. He was 57.Vasquez, who called himself Yosemitebear on social media, ...

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Oakhurst Sewer Line Replacement Project Reaches ‘Cross-Over’

OAKHURST — Northbound lanes of Highway 41 between the Fresno River and Road 426 have been reopened to traffic, according to the latest update from the Madera County Public Works Department.“Traffic signals at SR 41/SR 49 and SR 41/Rd 426 intersections will remain on all-way flashing red as required by Caltrans to allow traffic to re-acclimate to the normal traffic ...

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North Fork Man Charged in Lee Homicide Makes Court Appearance

MADERA — A North Fork man charged in the July 2019 murder of prominent Mono tribal elder Gaylen Lee made another preliminary court appearance on Friday. Robert Eugene Moye, 47, appeared in Department 23 of Madera County Superior Court Friday afternoon to formally hear all of the charges against him. Moye was found competent earlier this year to stand trial ...

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Update: Suspect in Custody Following ‘Barricade Situation’

OAKHURST — A suspect has been taken into custody after he barricaded himself inside an apartment in the 48900 block of River Park Road. According to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, just after 5:30 p.m. Thursday, MCSO deputies responded to a domestic violence call at the River Park Apartments in Oakhurst. Edward “Tom” Becker, 26, of Oakhurst, reportedly had assaulted ...

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Miami Mountain Fire Lookout Volunteer Meeting Cancelled

NIPINNAWASEE — The Miami Mountain Fire Lookout Volunteer Meeting scheduled for Saturday (May 9) has been canceled “due to social distancing measures,” according to Franny Adams, U.S. Forest Service fire prevention technician with Patrol 52.“At this time we will not be allowing new volunteers to staff this year, but if things do get better we will reassess,” Adams added. “We ...

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Filing Deadline for Business Property Statements Extended Due to COVID-19

MADERA — The Madera County Assessor’s Office announced this week that the deadline for county businesses to file their business property statement has been extended until May 31. Those statements were originally due this week but on Wednesday (May 6) Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order extending the deadline for California business owners due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those ...

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Letter: Sheriff Asks Governor to Allow Madera County to Reopen

MADERA — At their regular board meeting this week, Madera County supervisors authorized Madera County Sheriff Jay Varney to send a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom requesting more leeway be given to individual counties like Madera in terms of how quickly businesses are allowed to reopen. The sheriff, in his letter, reportedly argues that more rural counties, including Madera, should ...

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New Principal Named at Rivergold Elementary School

COARSEGOLD — Yosemite Unified School District has hired Virginia (Gini) Pierce-Cummings to be the new principal of Rivergold Elementary School. The announcement was made by YUSD Superintendent Glen Billington Tuesday afternoon. Pierce-Cummings, who will begin her new position in July, replaces longtime Rivergold Principal Bob Rose, who is retiring. “Gini comes to us from Madera Unified School District where she ...

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Eminent Domain Action Postponed in Midtown Connector Project

Update: After Madera County Community Development Director Matthew Treber told supervisors Tuesday morning that County officials and the private landowner were still negotiating and hoped to able to reach an agreement soon, the Madera County Board of Supervisors postponed for one week (until May 12 regular meeting) any further action on the proposed eminent domain proceeding detailed in the story ...

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Report: Mountain Area Home Sales Stayed Strong Through April

OAKHURST — Mountain area home sales remained relatively robust during the first four months of 2020, according to Ed Bailey, of Ed Bailey Realty in Oakhurst. “Our mountain area home sales were better during the first trimester — January through April — of this year than last year,” Bailey reported this week. During the first four months of the year, ...

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