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Tree Mortality Work In Madera County Update Dec. 14

Written by Sarah Bolton – MADERA COUNTY – Hello Madera County Residents! Welcome to the Tree Mortality Community Column. Our company, Blue Ridge Services (BRS), is partnering with Madera County to oversee and implement their tree mortality mitigation project. We want to highlight one of our tree mortality safety officers, Kevin J. Kenyon. Kevin has lived in the Oakhurst/ Coarsegold ...

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Cal Fire Transitions into Winter Preparedness, Reduces Staffing

MARIPOSA – Cooler weather and recent rains have prompted the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) to transition into winter staffing levels as of Monday, Dec. 17, at 8 a.m. The transition to winter preparedness allows Cal Fire to release some seasonal firefighters, reduce staffing on fire engines and close certain wildland fire stations. ...

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Early Morning Fire Destroys Home In Yosemite Lakes Park

COARSEGOLD – A woman in Yosemite Lakes Park has lost her home to an early morning fire, but both she and her cat were able to escape without injury. At 1:46 a.m., firefighters were called out to a home in the 29000 block of N. Lilley Way for reports of a structure fire. Cal Fire engines 4295, 4284 and 4255 ...

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Two Separate Crashes Snarl Traffic Near Black Hawk Lodge

COARSEGOLD – Three vehicles were involved in two separate accidents that brought traffic to a stop on Highway 41 just south of Yosemite Springs Parkway this afternoon. Just after 2:30 p.m., a northbound Toyota Highlander, driven by a resident of Mariposa, slowed to make a left turn onto Road 207. That vehicle was rear-ended by a Scion hatchback driven by ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log Through Dec. 9

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Dec. 3, to Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. Coarsegold narcotics found in traffic stop On Monday, Dec. 3 at 5:33 a.m. a deputy conducted a traffic stop in the area of Road 415 and Mill Creek Way for a vehicle that passed another ...

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Delays On Wawona Road For Ferguson Fire Repairs

YOSEMITE – Motorists headed into Yosemite on Highway 41/Wawona Road should be prepared for delays as work begins along the Ferguson Fire burn area. Weather permitting, crews will begin repairing the Wawona Road between Chinquapin Junction and the Rostrum on Monday, Dec. 10. During the project there will be single-lane traffic control with up to 30-minute delays, and park officials ...

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Free Admission Days To National Wildlife Refuges

ARLINGTON, VA. – Across America, national wildlife refuges offer unparalleled opportunities to experience the great outdoors amid scenic beauty. And they do it on awe-inducing landscapes that range from Oregon’s rocky cliffs to Texas lagoons, from Maine wilderness to woods and fields inside the city of Philadelphia. Thirty refuges that normally charge entrance fees will offer free admission on these ...

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Oakhurst Schools On Lockdown As Deputies Locate And Arrest Teen Suspect

OAKHURST – A teenage boy was taken into custody after an incident that prompted a lockdown on three Oakhurst school campuses this afternoon. At about 12:30 p.m., School Resource Deputy Melanie Hopper was advised by staff at Yosemite High School of a disgruntled male student on campus who may be armed with a weapon. Deputy Hopper responded to the student’s ...

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Emergency Repairs To Highway 140 In Ferguson Fire Burn Scar

MARIPOSA COUNTY – With a break in the weather, brief as it may be, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is seizing the opportunity to make ongoing emergency repairs and engage in rehabilitation work on State Route 140 in the Ferguson Fire burn scar. The work is taking place from Briceburg to the Yosemite National Park boundary. The Ferguson Fire ...

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DUI Arrest After Pickup Crashes Into RV On Highway 41

COARSEGOLD – A Coarsegold man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after he crashed into the back of a motorhome on Highway 41 yesterday afternoon. At about 5:10 p.m., Justin Henry, 28, was southbound in a 1995 Ford F-150 approaching Serpa Canyon Road, according to CHP. Bobby Dowell, 79, also of Coarsegold, was southbound ahead ...

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