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Audubon Program Features UCM Natural Reserve

MARIPOSA – The University of California at Merced now boasts a newly designated natural reserve. Last month the UC Board of Regents approved the formal addition of UC Merced’s Vernal Pool and Grassland Reserve to the university’s Natural Reserve System. At 756,000 acres, it is the largest university-administered reserve system in the world. The new UCM reserve, one of 39 ...

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Cal Fire Lifts Burn Restrictions

EASTERN MADERA COUNTY – Due to the recent rainfall, CAL FIRE has lifted the burn suspension for the State Responsibility Area within Eastern Madera County as of 12 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30. Hazard reduction burning in Eastern Madera County will be allowed with a valid San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District permit. The following guidelines are required when ...

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Help Finish The Fight Against Cancer

Letter to the Editor from Tami Michel Thanks to your support, the American Cancer Society is leading the way in the fight to end cancer, from discovering lifesaving cancer breakthroughs to helping people with cancer receive the support and resources they need to get well and stay well. Every year, the Society provides more than 16,500 cancer patients rides from ...

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Six Arrests In Operation Mountain Sweep

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson has announced the successful completion of another Operation Sweep, conducted Wednesday, Jan. 29, in Eastern Madera County. Sheriff’s deputies teamed up with agents from State Parole and the Madera County Probation Department early yesterday morning, completing this month’s operation shortly after 3 p.m.

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Embers Spark Fire Near North Fork

NORTH FORK – A fire that threatened a home near North Fork today was another reminder of just how dry conditions are. A homeowner on Wild Rose Lane, just off Douglas Ranger Station Road, did what she would normally do in a normal winter – she took her woodstove ashes and dumped them on the ground out by the pen ...

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Fatal Crash On Highway 140

MARIPOSA – A head-on collision on Highway 140 just north of Mariposa has resulted in the death of a Mariposa man. At 3:44 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, Stephen Ward Wells, Jr., 78, from Mariposa, was westbound on Highway 140 in a 2000 Ford Explorer just west of Grosjean Road when, for unknown reasons, he allowed his vehicle drift into ...

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Local Drought Emergency Declared In Madera County

MADERA COUNTY – The Board of Supervisors today voted unanimously to declare a local drought emergency in Madera County, following Governor Brown declaration of a statewide emergency on Jan. 17. The resolution will allow the County to apply for state and federal assistance in dealing with the economic hardships expected to result from the ongoing drought.

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Arson Trial Begins In Madera County Court

MADERA COUNTY – The trial of Kenneth Jackson and Allison Waterman on arson and conspiracy charges got underway today in Madera County Superior Court. Both have been behind bars awaiting trial for over six months. Jackson and Waterman were arrested on June 25, 2013, after dozens of suspicious fires in the Yosemite Lakes Park (YLP) community of Coarsegold.

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Three Teens Nabbed After Wreaking Havoc In YLP

Trio Also Faces Arson Charges for Setting Fire COARSEGOLD – Three Coarsegold teenagers were arrested late last night after vandalizing the Yosemite Lakes Park Clubhouse over the weekend, and setting fire to stolen property. The three teenagers, one age 14, the other two age 16, were booked into Madera County Juvenile Hall on multiple felony charges, including commercial burglary, felony ...

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Michael Keitz Seeks Re-Election As DA

MADERA COUNTY – District Attorney Michael Keitz has announced his plans to seek another four-year term. Keitz says he is optimistic about the future, although the recent recession, countywide budget cutbacks, and the early release of inmates through prison realignment has brought unprecedented challenges to his office. “Crime did not go down during the recent economic recession, in fact, it ...

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