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People Make A Difference

Guest Columnist Susie Tomlinson invites everyone to “Keep Our Mountains Beautiful – Our country is a very special place. We have many natural resources, freedom, and opportunities. Despite these great attributes, many of us take them for granted. Recently I traveled to British Columbia, Canada on vacation. While traveling in B.C. I noticed that the people of this country value ...

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Recent Rain Doesn't Mean You Can Burn

Cal Fire lifts statewide outdoor burn ban – local bans still in effect. SACRAMENTO – California’s first significant rainfall of the season, combined with cooler temperatures, has allowed Cal Fire to lift the statewide burn ban effective Monday, Oct. 22. Cal Fire had suspended all residential burn permits and various types of outdoor burning within the 31 million acres of ...

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Burglary At Oakhurst Door And Millwork

OAKHURST — When the crew at Oakhurst Door and Millwork showed up for work on Monday, Oct 15., they were not really able to get to work. Someone had entered the business overnight and stolen their computers. “We’re pretty sure we know who did it,” said manager Marcus Leyva. “But we can’t prove it.”

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Sheriff's Office Investigating Double Stabbing

Two remain hospitalized after stabbing on Sunday night – MADERA COUNTY – The Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a double stabbing near the corner of Avenue 15 ½ and Watson Street, just east of the city of Madera. Sunday night, Oct. 21, Madera County sheriff’s deputies were called to a fight that broke out between an estimated 10 to 15 ...

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Nikki Johnson's Essay About Her Horse Indy

When Nikki Johnson’s parents told her that her rescue horse Indy couldn’t stay with them anymore, she was devastated. Nikki’s teacher encouraged her to write an essay about this very difficult situation, and Nikki wants to share it with everyone else. Here is her story.

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Body of Chowchilla Teen Found in Corn Field

Authorities believe it was murder MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson has launched a murder investigation after a teenager’s body was discovered in a corn field near Chowchilla. The remains of a decomposing body were found Monday, Oct. 15, in a field just off Avenue 14 near Road 9 in southwest Madera County. The victim was identified as Pete Rios ...

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Evans Named State's Law Enforcement Volunteer Coordinator of the Year

LODI – Joann Evans was honored Tuesday as California’s Volunteer Coordinator of the Year during the 13th annual Law Enforcement Volunteer & Coordinator Conference held in Lodi. Evans, Madera County Sheriff’s Department’s Community Service Officer, “was chosen to receive this prestigious award for her exemplary service to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement volunteers, and the citizens of Madera ...

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A Girl And Her Horse And The Rule Of Law

NORTH FORK — When Nikki Johnson brought home her new best friend, retired race horse Indiana Jones, she had no idea that it would spark such controversy in the neighborhood. The community of Cascadel Woods has been embroiled in a bit of an upset since “Indy” came to live at the home of Russ and Sandy Johnson. Their 11-year old ...

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