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Work Begins On Road 425B Bridge

OAKHURST – Construction crews are starting phase one of the project to replace and widen the bridge at Road 425B and Road 426. The $1.4 million project will be completed in two phases to allow traffic to continue to access Road 425B at this location during construction.

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State Parks Begins 150th Year With New Year's Day Hikes

SACRAMENTO — This New Year’s Day 2014, California State Parks will commemorate their 150th Anniversary with several First Day Hikes planned across the state. On Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014, 31 state parks will offer 38 different hikes, including hikes in the redwoods, the deserts and along the coast and beaches, as well as a paddle hike, and other activities.

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Sheriff's Office Seeks Public's Help In Death At Rock Creek

MADERA COUNTY – As the investigation continues into the death of a 17-year-old Simi Valley girl who died at Rock Creek Campground, Sheriff John Anderson is asking for the public’s help. The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who may have seen 20-year-old Scott Jacob Mason, 18-year-old Jacob Patrick Banaga or the victim, 17-year-old Tara Maguire, between Saturday Dec. ...

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Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over

SACRAMENTO – As Californians ready for their holiday travels, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) plans to make sure yours aren’t ruined by a drunk driver. CHP is set to begin its annual Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP). The two-day holiday enforcement effort is designed to help ensure the safety of the motoring public during a time when celebrations are in ...

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Crash Blocks Highway 41, Driver Arrested

COARSEGOLD – A day of fishing and drinking came to an abrupt end when said fisherman headed for home and smashed his pickup into a rock outcropping on Highway 41, snarling traffic during the evening commute. Leonard Cox, 75, of Clovis, had spent the day snagging trout and catfish in one of the private ponds near Indian Lakes.

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Hazard Burning Allowed, Permit Required

MARIPOSA – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) has announced that effective Friday Dec. 6, 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 conducting a hazard reduction burn:

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Fire Spreads From Burn Pile On Road 426

OAKHURST – When a burn pile was lit off by a resident on Road 426, the fire didn’t confine itself to the pile of leaves and debris. Just after 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18, engines responded to a report of smoke just west of Oak Ridge Drive near the Llama Ranch on 426. The fire spread to adjacent vegetation ...

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Teenager Dies At Rock Creek, Two Men Jailed

MADERA COUNTY – A Search & Rescue mission launched Monday at noon took a tragic turn just before midnight that night, when SAR volunteers located the body of a 17-year-old Simi Valley girl. Her two male companions are now behind bars facing felony charges. Scott Jacob Mason, 20, of Simi Valley, and Jacob Patrick Banaga, 18, of Visalia, were booked ...

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Madera County Supervisors Forgo Salary Increase

MADERA – In light of the sacrifices made by Madera County employees during difficult fiscal times, the Board of Supervisors has elected to forgo an automatic 1.4 percent salary increase. The automatic increase stems from County policy that ties the Supervisors’ salaries to those of state Superior Court Judges. Last month, the Judicial Council of California announced that judges would ...

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