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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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Sheriff And CHP Team Up To Catch Suspect

MADERA COUNTY – Reports of attempted witness tampering led both sheriff’s deputies and CHP officers to a home in Eastern Madera County where two men were arrested. One is a self-admitted white supremacist from Torrance, Calif., and the other is an Oakhurst man found to be in possession of methamphetamine, according the the Sheriff’s Office.

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Put The Brakes On Motorcycle Collisions

SACRAMENTO – Fatal collisions involving motorcyclists have been increasing in California over the past few years. ln an effort to change this disturbing trend, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) are hoping to save lives through a month-long motorcycle safety and awareness campaign during May.

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Jury Returns With Verdict In YLP Arson Case

MADERA COUNTY – After three months of testimony and five days of deliberation, the jury in the Kenneth Jackson/Alice Waterman arson and conspiracy trial has reached its verdict. Jackson was found guilty on 21 counts of arson, one count each of assault on a peace office and resisting arrest. Waterman was found guilty on 6 counts of arson. Both defendants ...

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Parolee Jailed For Theft And Narcotics

MADERA COUNTY – A Coarsegold man on parole for vehicular manslaughter in Arizona, is behind bars facing felony narcotic charges and vehicle theft. Brandon Carl Whetten, 36, remains jailed on a no-bail hold after his arrest on Monday, Apr. 28, during a mountain probation search at his home on Wells Road.

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