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Identity Of Yosemite Accident Victim Released

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office on Monday confirmed the identification of a 21-year-old man who died in a July 31 accident at the base of Bridalveil Fall. Mariposa County Assistant Coroner Andrea Stewart identified the man as Lucian Miu, a Romanian tourist visiting the park. Miu sustained major injuries after a fall last Wednesday, according to ...

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Vehicle Overturns, Briefly Blocking Traffic on Highway 41

COARSEGOLD – An overturned vehicle briefly blocked traffic on Highway 41 this afternoon. Just after 1:30 p.m., CHP and EMS responded to reports of a vehicle accident near Highway 41 and Road 406, a few miles north of the Valero gas station near Rocky cut. According to CHP, the woman, age and name unknown, suddenly drove off the road and ...

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Tree Work Delays, Detours Traffic On Road 274

BASS LAKE — Residents and visitors traveling along the north shore of Bass Lake will want to be aware of traffic delays and temporary road closures as crews continue work to reduce the number of hazard trees along the route. The Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services, with the United States Forest Service and Madera County Road Department, have announced they ...

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Yosemite Commemorates World Ranger Day

YOSEMITE — The men and women who protect Yosemite were recognized Wednesday during a ‘World Ranger Day’ celebration held at the national park. Officials hosted the annual event to honor park rangers worldwide who’ve lost theirs lives in the line of duty. The ceremony also recognizes current park rangers who form the so-called ‘Thin Green Line’ in state and national ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log Through July 28

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, July 22 to Sunday, July 28, 2019. Oakhurst coroner’s case On Tuesday, July 23 at 5:11 a.m. MCSO was called to a coroner’s case on a resident in a home on Highway 49. The death appeared to be natural. Oakhurst found property ...

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Man Rescued After Fall At Willow Creek

BASS LAKE — A dip in the water turned into a trip to the hospital for a visitor to a creek near Bass Lake this weekend. Just before 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, the Madera County Sheriff’s Communications Center received a report of a subject who slipped and fell in the area of Angel Falls along Willow Creek near ...

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Lightning-Caused Fire Burning West Of Jackass Creek

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — Dozens of firefighters are currently on scene of a lightning-caused fire burning on the Sierra National Forest (SNF) along Beasore Road, according to the U.S. Forest Service. At 2:30 p.m. on July 22, the Bowler Fire was reported on the Bass Lake Ranger District of the Sierra National Forest. The Bowler Fire is a lightning-caused fire ...

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Flash Flood Watch For Parts Of The Central Sierra

MOUNTAIN AREA — A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for some of our local area, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), as isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms remain possible in the Sierra through Friday, July 26. A large area of high pressure maintains widespread triple digit heat across the San Joaquin Valley, West Side Hills and Kern County ...

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Red Cross Issues Heat Safety Tips As Temperatures Climb

FRESNO — It’s hot out there and the soaring temperatures can be dangerous. The American Red Cross has steps people can follow to help stay safe when it’s hot outside. NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS IN YOUR VEHICLE The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees. Other heat safety steps include: • Stay hydrated, drink plenty of ...

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Mountain Area Homeowners Battling Sky-High Insurance Rates

MOUNTAIN AREA — Even local insurance agents are calling it a “crisis” — the sky high price tag attached these days to homeowners insurance in large parts of eastern Madera County. Many area residents have recently been notified their homeowners insurance is going up — for some, by as much as 450 to 500 percent. And lately, according to local ...

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