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More Closures In Yosemite As Human Waste And Trash Pile Up, Say Officials

YOSEMITE – As the federal government shutdown drags on into the new year, Yosemite National Park remains open, however reports have been flooding in of people using the roadsides as bathrooms, discarding trash everywhere and endangering natural resources. Park officials announced today that there will now be limited access to the park along the Highway 41 corridor from the South ...

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Wind Advisory In Effect For New Year’s Eve

MOUNTAIN AREA — With trees already down throughout the region, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Wind Advisory for Yosemite National Park to Kings Canyon, including the Mariposa, Madera and Fresno County foothills, and the towns of North Fork, Oakhurst and Mariposa. The Wind Advisory is in effect through 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1. Winds are northeast ...

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Home Kitchens, Gender Identity, Rescued Rabbits: New California Laws For 2019

CALIFORNIA — Here are a handful of the hundreds of laws that go into effect on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019: FAMILIES Employment: lactation accommodation AB 1976 Requires employers to make private space available for women who are breastfeeding at work, other than a bathroom. The law previously required space other than a toilet stall. FOOD Food facilities: single-use plastic straws AB ...

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Sheriff’s Office Searching For Suspect In Sullivan Tire Break-In

OAKHURST – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect (or suspects) in connection with a break-in at Sullivan’s Tire Pros on Christmas Day. At about 1:45 p.m. on Dec. 25, deputies responded to an alarm call on the north end of the Enterprise Center on Highway 49 in Oakhurst. Upon arrival, deputies discovered that the front door ...

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Visitor Services Limited In Yosemite Due To Gov’t Shutdown

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park is open, however visitor services are limited due to the lapse in federal appropriations. During the government shutdown, national parks are working to remain as open and accessible to the American people as possible, say park officials. Unfortunately, Wawona Campground and Hodgdon Meadow Campground are closed due to impacts from human waste and public safety ...

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Oakhurst Man Accused Of Embezzlement Considers Plea Deal

MADERA – An Oakhurst man accused of embezzlement, grand theft, and contracting without a license was back in Madera Superior Court today to consider a deal from prosecutors. Marc Demasters, 38, was arrested on Nov. 29, following a months-long investigation by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives received several reports of fraud as far back as August 2018 regarding well ...

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What Happens In Yosemite During The Government Shutdown?

YOSEMITE – With the federal government shut down, you will still be able to visit Yosemite National Park, but there will be some areas and services that are not available. Visitor services in the park may be diminished or areas may be closed due to environmental, public safety, or other unknown factors. Also, road and weather information will not be ...

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Winter Weather Advisory For Christmas Eve

MOUNTAIN AREA — We’ll have some rain in the foothills and snow in the higher country around Christmastime, as a storm moves into the area by Monday afternoon and grows stronger into the night. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from Yosemite National Park to Kings Canyon from 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24 to 10 a.m. ...

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Closures Of Hiking And OHV Trails In Ferguson Fire Burn Area

NORTH FORK – Sierra National Forest (SNF) officials have announced the temporary closure of several trails in the Ferguson Fire burn area due to safety concerns with changing weather conditions. The closures include Hite’s Cove Trail, Savage Lundy Trail, and Hite’s Cove OHV Trail on the Bass Lake Ranger District (see map below). “The purpose of this Order is to ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log Through Dec. 16

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Dec. 10, to Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. Oakhurst assault On Monday, Dec. 10 at 12:41 a.m. deputies were dispatched to Victoria Lane regarding a possible verbal domestic. Upon arrival it was determined a male and female engaged in a verbal argument when ...

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