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Burglars Snatch Cash, Condiments from Denny’s

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OAKHURST — Two people entered Denny’s restaurant in Oakhurst early Monday morning but they weren’t there for the Grand Slam breakfast. According to a report from the Madera County Sheriff’s Department, the burglars apparently had some help getting inside the closed eatery when they entered at 6:22 a.m.“It appears to be an inside job, as the door to gain access ...

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Busy Sunday: Authorities Respond to Two Search and Rescue Calls

MOUNTAIN AREA — Pandemic or not, it was a busy afternoon Sunday in the high country for Madera County first responders.The activity started around 4 p.m. when MCSO’s Dispatch Center received a call regarding a 35-year-old woman from Colorado who was involved in a climbing accident on the southern face of Shuteye Peak. She reportedly had been climbing with a ...

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Madera County Extends COVID-19 Health Order Until May 31

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health Officer Dr. Simon Paul has extended until May 31 the County’s Health Order to “monitor, test and treat” febrile respiratory illness — coronavirus — for health care providers, county employers and county residents. Dr. Paul issued the initial Order on March 19 and extended that Order on Thursday. The directive includes guidelines ...

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After COVID Pause, Forest Service ‘Moving Forward’ with Prescribed Burn Operations

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — After a temporary halt prompted by COVID-19, the Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region is “moving forward with prescribed fire operations as conditions and resources permit,” according to a press release issued Friday by the agency.Previously, the region had postponed prescribed fires to reduce potential smoke impacts to communities while public health officials considered the interactions of smoke ...

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Report: Sierra Snow Pack Levels Below ‘Normal’

SACRAMENTO — The latest –and final — seasonal state snow pack survey confirmed that California had a drier-than-normal winter. The snow measured just one-and-a-half inches deep at Phillips Station in the Sierra east of Sacramento, and the water content was equivalent to just a half-inch, which is 3 percent of the May average for the location, state Department of Water ...

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Mariposa County Reports ‘Cluster’ of Dozen New Cases

MARIPOSA– Mariposa County health officials reported a “cluster” of a dozen new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county on Thursday.The first two cases were reported in the morning and involved a man and a woman, both 57 years old, who contracted the virus through person-to-person transmission. The cases are “directly related” to Mariposa County’s first confirmed case of coronavirus reported ...

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Forest Service Extends Closure of Recreation Sites through May 15

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES – The U.S. Forest Service announced Thursday that most of its developed recreation sites in California, including those in the Sierra National Forest in eastern Madera County, will remain closed through May 15.The order does not close trails, trailheads and general forest areas; these areas remain accessible for public use. Information on individual recreation sites and opportunities are ...

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Health Department’s New System Speeds Up COVID-19 Tests

MADERA — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) has received its first order of testing cartridges for its GeneXpert molecular testing system, which will allow for more rapid COVID-19 testing beginning today. Rapid tests will now provide results “within one hour,” according to MCDPH officials.MCDPH Director Sara Bosse has been advocating aggressively for Cepheid, the producer of the cartridges since ...

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Closure Order Remains in Place for Recreation Sites in Sierra National Forest

CLOVIS — The Closure Order issued on March 25 for all developed recreation sites across the Sierra National Forest remains in effect through Thursday (April 30) — and will “likely stay in place through the middle of May.” Additional details regarding the timeline for lifting the Closure Order “will follow later this week,” according to a press release issued today ...

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Governor Outlines Four-Step Plan to Reopen Economy, Schools

SACRAMENTO — At a press conference Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom and California Department of Public Health Director Dr. Sonia Angell outlined a broad plan to reopen the state’s economy in four phases, including the limited reintroduction of in-room dining for restaurants and gradual restarts of other non-essential businesses like manufacturing, childcare facilities, retail, gyms and hair salons. Newsom did not ...

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