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Million Dollar Pot Bust In O'Neals

O’NEALS – Agents with the Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team (MADNET) today uncovered a vast illegal marijuana growing operation hidden on 40 acres of private land in the foothills of Eastern Madera County. Greenhouses – some nearly the size of a football field – dotted the landscape. Each garden contained hundreds of fully budded plants, and a nearby shed was ...

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Relay For Life Exceeds Expectations

OAKHURST – Relay for Life returned to its roots at Yosemite High School (YHS) the weekend of May 17-18. The community turned out in droves to support the 24-hour event, raising an unexpected amount of money for such a comparatively small population.

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New Air Tankers On Board For Fire Season

WASHINGTON – In the face of what is shaping up to be a catastrophic fire season in the Southwest, the U.S. Forest Service is adding four additional aircraft to its next-generation firefighting fleet, bringing the total amount of aircraft to 21 large airtankers (with opportunities to add additional aircraft, if needed) and more than 100 helicopters. The new aircraft will ...

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Stolen Horse Sold For Slaughter, Another Arrest Made

MADERA COUNTY – A second arrest has been made in a case of horse theft in Madera County. The Madera County Sheriff’s Office AG Crimes Investigation Unit has been able to confirm that one of the horses allegedly stolen by Summer Tex in 2013 was in fact shipped out of state for slaughter. Billy Ray Brown, Jr., 45, of Madera, ...

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Sheriff Anderson Issues Two Fraud Alerts

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson is issuing fraud alerts concerning two scams that continue to prey on Madera County citizens. In one case, a senior citizen lost nearly $5,000. First scam – If you receive a call on your cell phone displaying a series of numbers, sometimes 10 zeroes (0000000000), or a strange combination of numbers, do NOT answer.

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Dennis Fairbanks – Candidate For Sheriff

MADERA COUNTY – Dennis Fairbanks is running for Sheriff of Madera County and not, he says, because he needs the job. Rather it’s because he’s confident he has workable plans and ideas that he wants to implement – something he says sets him apart from others seeking the office. Fairbanks and his wife of 40 years, Patty, are realtors at ...

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ArtsFest Celebrates Art In Madera County

MADERA – The first Madera County ArtsFest will be held on Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free family-friendly event will promote art in Madera County in a carnival-type atmosphere. Madera County Schools Foundation and Madera County Office of Education are hosting the event at Madera County Office of Education.

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Keitz And Cal Fire Discuss Arson Investigation

COARSEGOLD — Over 60 people gathered in the Yosemite Lakes Park Clubhouse on Monday evening, May 12, to hear from District Attorney Michael Keitz and Cal Fire investigators about the recent prosecution and conviction of two YLP residents on charges of arson and conspiracy. “We were here last summer to talk to you about the fires in the area,” said ...

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Fire On North Dome In YLP

YOSEMITE LAKES PARK – Residents returning home late this afternoon were greeting with a sight that had become all to familiar last summer – smoke rising above the community of YLP. At about 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, firefighters responded to a report of a fire on North Dome, which is tucked away on the back side of YLP ...

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