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Search For Missing Woman Ends In Tragedy

NORTH FORK – When North Fork resident Carolinda Bybee left home on Saturday, Jan. 11, she said she was going to visit friends. No one had seen her since, and the search for the 35-year-old spread across mountain roads and social media. This afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. Steve and Freda Bybee contacted SierraNewsOnline with very sad news. “Thank you all ...

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K9 Program A Success In Mariposa County

MARIPOSA COUNTY – A new K9 program, deployed by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office in mid-2012, has proven itself to be an important and valuable addition to the department, says Sheriff Doug Binnewies. “Our community recognizes the value of Police K9, and the enhanced service it provides,” says Binnewies, who hopes to expand the program in the coming years. The ...

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House Fire Sends One To Hospital

COARSEGOLD – A house fire just south of Coarsegold caused an estimated $50,000 worth of damage, and destroyed more than half of the residence. Just after 9:30 p.m on Wednesday, Jan. 15, firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire about 1/2 mile up Hogans Mountain Road off Highway 41.

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Debris Burn Ends With Call To Firefighters

COARSEGOLD – Today provided another testament to just how dry the conditions are in the mountain area, even though it’s mid-January. A debris burn on Rock Creek Road, just off Road 416 south of Coarsegold, ignited more than just a brush pile this afternoon, burning about 1/4-acre before firefighters got it under control. The call came in at about 3:23 ...

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Tom Wheeler New Chairman Of Board Of Supervisors

MADERA COUNTY – The gavel was passed during the regular meeting of the Madera County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Jan. 14, as North Fork resident and District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler took the seat as Chairman. Outgoing Chairman Max Rodriguez expressed his confidence that Wheeler would keep the momentum going and continue the progress made over the past year.

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Free Income Tax Preparation

MADERA COUNTY – Free income tax return preparation and electronic filing for both state and federal returns will be available again this year for mountain area residents of all ages, offered by the AARP Tax-Aide program. Tax returns are prepared free of charge by specially trained, certified and supervised volunteers. This year there are 14 volunteers working in Oakhurst and ...

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Don't Let Someone Steal Your Tax Refund

SAN FRANCISCO – Attorney General Kamala D. Harris kicked off Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week by issuing tips for Californians to follow to prevent tax-related identity theft as the annual tax compiling and filing process begins. Tax-related identity theft increases in January and commonly occurs when: -Thieves use stolen personal information to file tax returns in someone else’s name in ...

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Supervisor Wheeler’s 2014 Town Hall Schedule

MADERA COUNTY – District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler will once again hold a series of Town Hall meetings throughout Eastern Madera County in 2014 has announced the schedule for the coming year. Wheeler hosts these meetings to discuss the current issues faced by the County and its citizens, and encourages residents to take this opportunity to share their concerns and ...

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NWS Issues Reg Flag Warning

SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Hanford has issued a Red Flag Warning for very low humidities over the southern Sierra Nevada, in effect until 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 15. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and ...

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National AMBER Alert Awareness Day

SACRAMENTO – The California Highway Patrol (CHP) joins the U.S. Department of Justice in observing National AMBER Alert Awareness Day on Monday, Jan. 13. This special day was created to raise public awareness of the AMBER Alert program. The goal of the program, which can be found in every state in the nation, is to instantly spur the entire community ...

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