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What Time Is Mountain Time?

OAKHURST – Prompted by one of our readers, SNO staff logged onto Facebook and asked the fairly loaded question, “have you experienced ‘mountain time’ when it comes to such things as hiring contractors?” We wanted to know if area residents would recount stories of people showing up on time here in the foothills, or late, or not at all… and ...

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One Person Dead In Alleged Drunk Driving Crash

COARSEGOLD – A major accident on Highway 41 just north of Yosemite Springs Parkway has resulted in the death of one person, and major injuries to four others. At 10:14 p.m. on Monday, July 22, a call came in from Sierra Ambulance personnel of a three car accident on Highway 41. Ed Guzman, general manager at Sierra Ambulance, said his ...

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Lightning Sparks Several Fires

MADERA COUNTY – Several lightning strikes in the mountain area last night kept firefighters busy tracking down small blazes. The first call came in just after 7 p.m. on Monday, July 22, for a fire along Road 600 near Grub Gulch. There were two small fires in the area that crews had handled in short order.

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Mariposa Resident Gets Life In Prison

MADERA – Christopher Norris, 25, of Mariposa, was sentenced to life in prison for murder on Friday, July 19. In September, 2011, a Madera County Superior Court jury found Norris guilty of the first degree murder of Alonso Herrera.

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DUI Arrest After Crash On Road 426

OAKHURST – A two vehicle accident on Road 426 today sent both drivers to the hospital, and resulted in one being arrested for DUI. At 9:55 a.m. on Friday, July 19, Barbara Yates, 42, of Oakhurst, was westbound on Road 426 near Mountain View in a 2001 Porche. According to CHP, Yates allowed her vehicle to cross over the solid ...

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Judge Doubles Bail For Arson Suspect

MADERA COUNTY – Two Yosemite Lakes Park residents were back in court on Friday for bail review and to have a date set for their preliminary hearing. Their attorneys also argued to have their case heard in Sierra Superior Court in Bass Lake rather than in Madera. Kenneth Jackson and Alice Waterman were both arrested after a fire behind their ...

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Pot Grows Eradicated Near Mariposa

MARIPOSA – Several agencies working together were able to locate and eradicate two huge pot grows in Mariposa County this week. On Thursday, July 18, Mariposa County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted by law enforcement officers from the Mariposa County Probation Department, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ) Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) with ...

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Dedicated COPs Volunteer Retires From Duty

MADERA COUNTY – A banquet room filled with the sworn personnel and volunteers who make up Madera County Sheriff’s Office’s nationally recognized Citizens on Patrol (COP), paid tribute to a veteran volunteer on Wednesday, July 17. COP Everett Macy – radio ID V3 – was honored for more than a decade of service to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Macy’s ...

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Injury Accident Near El Cid

OAKHURST – A crash on Highway 41 this morning in Oakhurst was a rude disruption of a trip for a tourist from the United Kingdom. Steve Bomford, from the UK, was northbound in a rented 2013 Chevy Captiva just north of El Cid Restaurant at about 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, July 18.

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Nearly 10,000 Pot Plants Found At Fish Creek

MADERA COUNTY – Well before dawn on Wednesday, July 17, agents descended on a marijuana operation near Fish Creek, several miles above North Fork on Mammoth Pool Road. Agents with Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team (MADNET), sworn personnel with Madera County Regional SWAT Team, US Forest Service, Fish & Wildlife and Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) personnel completed a several ...

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