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Man Featured In Crime Stoppers Captured

NORTH FORK – A 20-year-old man featured in Crimes Stopper’s Most Wanted last month is behind bars after being captured this afternoon in North Fork. Kyle Thomas Clarkson was among six fugitives featured on Crime Stoppers in March. He was wanted for possession of a controlled substance and making terrorist threats.

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Woman Survives Crash With Witness's Help

BASS LAKE -The quick action of three passing motorists may have saved the life of a North Fork woman who crashed into the Willow Creek canyon this morning. At about 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6, Sophia Ruiz, 18, was westbound on Road 274 approaching the bridge at Willow Creek when she lost control on the wet road.

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Wildfire Is Coming – Are You Ready?

SACRAMENTO – Drought conditions have led to a significant increase in wildfire activity and to ensure Californians are ready, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. has declared May 4 -10 as “Wildfire Awareness Week.” CAL FIRE is reminding residents during Wildfire Awareness Week of the dangers posed by wildfires and the simple steps that should be followed to prepare for and ...

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Firefighters Fill The Boot For Muscular Dystrophy

MADERA COUNTY — Oakhurst and Coarsegold Firefighters Cal Fire Local 2881 will hold a “Fill-the-Boot” to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Central California Chapter. Firefighters will Fill the Boot Saturday, May 24, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Highway 41 & 49 intersection in Oakhurst, and and Highway 41 & Road 415 intersection in Coarsegold. ...

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Outdoor School Is Cool For Kids

FISH CAMP – For the second year in a row, students of the Bass Lake Unified School District got the chance to attend a special field science camp at the Jack L. Boyd outdoor school, Camp Green Meadows. The weather was chilly in late March, but hearts were warmed by the new alliances formed between kids, educators, and mother Earth.

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Trial Date Set In Molestation Case

MADERA COUNTY – A North Fork man accused of unlawful sexual contact with a minor was back in count today for a bail review hearing and to set the date for trial. Ed Lyons, 85, was arrested on Feb. 28 and was held to answer on 9 counts of child molestation after a preliminary hearing on Mar. 14. An amended ...

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Defendant Sentenced In Smalz Deaths

MADERA – The Madera man responsible for the deaths of Gary and Laura Smalz in May, 2012, was sentenced today in Madera Superior Court. On Feb. 19, Gary Ragsdale, 43, entered a plea of “no contest” to one count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and one special allegation of personally inflicting great bodily injury in the commission of a ...

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County Welcomes Twenty-Three New Firefighters

OAKHURST – The Oakhurst Community Center was filled with the friends and families of Madera County’s volunteer firefighters on Sunday, Apr. 27, as current members were honored for their service and new volunteers were welcomed to the ranks. For over 25 years, Paid Call Firefighters (PCFs) in Madera County have been recognized with a luncheon, prepared and served by Cal ...

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New Volunteer Firefighters Training Day

NORTH FORK – With the shortage of volunteer firefighters across the country, it was encouraging to see some 35 new recruits participate in a training day at the North Fork Mill Site on Apr. 13. The day’s trainees included students from Glacier High who completed the EMT training earlier this year, young people from the Explorer program and even a ...

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Break The Silence On Mental Illness

MADERA – May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the Madera County Workforce Investment Corporation invites the community to attend a free Brown Bag Lunch Series on the subject. “Break the Silence & Reduce the Stigma” includes three one-hour workshops designed to educate, and to create a dialog around serious mental health issues including depression, anxiety and bi-polar disorder. All ...

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