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Landscape Stategies Help Conserve Water

Turning off your sprinklers after rain falls is the first step to take this spring to conserve water, but there is much more to do in the coming months, according to Chuck Ingels, UC Cooperative Extension advisor in Sacramento County. “Landscape irrigation represents well over half the water use in the average household,” Ingels said. “There are many proven ways ...

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LinkedIn Leads Deputy To Owner Of Stolen Ring

MADERA COUNTY – Ten minutes and an internet search helped a Madera County Sheriff’s deputy reunite a Tennessee man with a treasured ring stolen more than a decade ago. Deputy Matthew Kutz decided to do some digging to see if he could locate the rightful owner of a 24-karat gold Championship Ring, seized in a recent probation search in Madera.

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Woman Rescued, Dog Swept Away

MARIPOSA COUNTY – On Monday, Mar. 17 at about 6 p.m., a report came in to 911 of a vehicle partially submerged in the Merced River with a female occupant stranded inside. Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Swift Water Search and Rescue Unit, along with partner emergency services, including Fire and Rescue, responded to the scene about one mile ...

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Man Arrested After Harassing Girl Scout

OAKHURST – A Mariposa man spent the weekend behind bars after he was arrested for harassing a 13-year-old Girl Scout outside a grocery store in Oakhurst. Deputies were dispatched to a shopping center off Highway 49 on Friday, Mar. 14, with reports of an intoxicated subject harassing customers, including a young girl trying to sell Girl Scout Cookies.

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North Fork Murder Case Goes To Trial

MADERA COUNTY – A North Fork couple accused of murder were in Madera Superior Court on Monday, Mar. 17, for the conclusion of their preliminary hearing on the charges. Marc McMurrain, 35, and Jennifer McMurrain, 33, were arrested in early September 2013 after the body of Marc’s brother, Christopher Garrity, 29, was discover stuffed into a trash can on a ...

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Sierra Art Trails Call To Artists

Submitted by Kathy Marks MADERA COUNTY – Sierra Art Trails is kicking off our 2014 activities with a Call to Artists for our first Spring Special Exhibit, “Valley View – Yosemite Trails, Currents, and Visions.” The exhibit is presented in association with the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Yosemite Grant, signed into law by Abraham Lincoln in 1864, and will ...

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Foothills Take Top Honors In Madera County Math Tournament

MADERA – Coarsegold Elementary School 7th grade and Oak Creek Intermediate School 8th grade teams won the Madera County Academic Pentathlon Math Tournament on Friday, Mar. 14. Oak Creek Intermediate School placed third in the 7th grade competition, and Wasuma Elementary School’s 8th grade team placed second. Coarsegold, Oak Creek and Wasuma brought home 10 of 18 awards, with 14 ...

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Bomb Squad Detonates Dynamite

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The Merced Police Department Bomb Unit was called to a scene in the Pendola Gardens area on Thursday, Mar. 13, when law enforcement received a report from a citizen about a box of possible explosive materials. The report was made at approximatly 8:45 a.m. Thursday morning, and the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office responded to investigate.

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North Fork Man To Stand Trial For Molestation

NORTH FORK – A North Fork resident charged with child molestation appeared in Madera County Superior Court on Friday, Mar. 14, for a preliminary hearing on the charges. Edward Lyons, 85, was arrested on Feb. 28, and appeared before Judge Dale Blea yesterday as prosecutors presented the evidence against him.

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Town Hall Meeting In Raymond

RAYMOND – District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler will be hosting another in his series of Town Hall meetings on Thursday, Mar. 20, this time in Raymond. Wheeler will be designating a portion of the meeting to a Raymond community discussion in order to learn more about the specific challenges and needs of this part of his district. Other meeting topics ...

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