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Arson Hearing Enters 5th Week

MADERA COUNTY – The preliminary hearing for Kenneth Jackson and Allison Waterman on charges of arson and conspiracy, which has continued in fits and starts in Madera Superior Court, finally got some traction today. With jury trials that had been scheduled for the next two weeks in Department 2 having been settled outside of court, the arson hearing will now ...

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Cooking Is Leading Cause Of Home Fires

MARIPOSA – In observance of Fire Prevention Week Oct. 6 – 12, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.’ During this year’s fire safety campaign, CAL FIRE is helping to spread the word about the ...

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Sierra Ambulance Puts New Units In Service

MADERA COUNTY – You probably never give much thought to ambulances – that is until you need one, or see one go screaming by and wonder where it might be headed. Fortunately, the folks at Sierra Ambulance give a great deal of thought and attention to making sure their vehicles are always ready to go at a moment’s notice.

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Sheriffs Host Drug Take-Back Events

MADERA & MARIPOSA COUNTIES – Madera County Sheriff John Anderson and Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies are both offering the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs in a safe manner. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

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Felony Battery Conviction Draws Lengthy Sentence

MADERA COUNTY – Alfredo Morales, 32, of Hanford, was sentenced to a lengthy prison sentence this week for felony battery on a domestic partner and for causing the victim great bodily injury, according to Madera County District Attorney Michael Keitz. The evidence presented at trial, showed that deputies were dispatched to a residence in a south county area near Highway ...

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Fire Near Oakhurst Park Out On Arrival

OAKHURST – A fire that started behind the Oakhurst Community Park on Sunday, Sept. 29, may have put up a lot of smoke, but was quickly extinguished by those on the scene. Around 8 p.m., a full wildland fire dispatch was called up when reports came in of a fire burning near the river in Oakhurst. Those first on the ...

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Man Arrested After Brandishing A Gun

MARIPOSA – On Saturday, Sept. 28, just after midnight, a verbal fight broke out on 5th Street near Highway 140 in the town of Mariposa, leading to the arrest of one of those involved. The altercation was between two small groups of people. One group of Mariposa County residents were conversing outside of the Pizza Factory and the second group, ...

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North Fork Takes "Think Local First" Campaign County-wide

NORTH FORK – Madera County residents are being invited to participate in a quick, online survey to help frame the economic development of our communities. On Tuesday Oct. 1, the North Fork Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Fresno State University and Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation & Development Council(YSRC&DC), will launch its first ever county-wide research study to analyze consumer behaviors ...

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Wilderness Pot Grow Eradicated Near Bagby

MARIPOSA COUNTY – Another illegal marijuana grow was eradicated on Friday, Sept. 27, in the Hell’s Hollow area near Bagby in Mariposa County. Mariposa County Sheriff Deputies, assisted by Yosemite National Park Rangers and a Cal Fire Prevention Officer, descended on a garden which appeared to be tied to a Drug Trafficking Operation (DTO), possibly a Mexican-based Cartel.

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Camille Fisher and Kaitlyn Fisher

Submitted by the artists Camille Fisher and Kaitlyn FisherSierra Art Trails 2013 Catalog # 64 and # 65 Camille Fisher (artist #64) is a creative, bright and lovely 9-year-old student at Oakhurst Elementary School (OES). She incorporates color playfully into her work, which is greatly inspired by her love of the natural sciences and by many generations of artists in ...

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