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Coarsegold Post Office Closed After COVID-19 Exposure

COARSEGOLD — Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) confirmed on Friday that a U.S. Postal Service contracted mail carrier in Coarsegold has tested positive for COVID-19. At this time the source of transmission is under investigation, according to a press release issued Friday afternoon by county officials. As a result, the Coarsegold Post Office has been closed all day ...

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United Way Offering Area Residents Up to $500 for COVID-19 Relief

MOUNTAIN AREA — Residents in Madera County who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for relief funding from United Way of Fresno and Madera Counties. The nonprofit created the Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide area residents with up to $500 in emergency relief aid. People who have lost their jobs, are struggling with unexpected medical costs or ...

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‘Winter Storm Watch’ Issued for Mountain Area Through Monday

MOUNTAIN AREA — A Winter Storm Watch issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) in Hanford is in effect as forecasters say a pair of Pacific weather systems are set to arrive in the mountain area this weekend, bringing “significant late season snowfall” to the high country. The NWS weather advisory covers the Sierra foothills and mountain areas from Tulare ...

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PG&E Customers Getting $62 ‘California Climate Credit’ in April

MOUNTAIN AREA — Pacific Gas and Electric Company residential customers will receive the California Climate Credit on their bills during the April billing cycle. The credit totals $62.91 for PG&E residential customers receiving both natural gas and electric service. For natural gas-only residential customers the credit will be $27.18, and for electric-only residential customers the credit will be $35.73. This ...

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Sierra Tel Offering Free Internet to Students Impacted by Pandemic

OAKHURST — Local internet service provider Sierra Tel is offering mountain area students from low-income households free internet service in order to continue their studies online in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak and ongoing school closures. “In light of the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sierra Tel has created a program to assist households with low-income students enrolled ...

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2020 Bass Lake Fishing Derby Cancelled

BASS LAKE — The 2020 Bass Lake Fishing Derby has been canceled, according to a press release issued Wednesday. “We were really hoping to go through with the Fishing Derby this year but had to consider the health and safety of participants, Bass Lake and our mountain community,” said Michelle Miller, owner of Miller’s Landing Resort. “Even though this is ...

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Dept. of Corrections Implements New COVID-19 Protection Measures

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on Tuesday introduced additional measures to protect staff and inmates at the state’s institutions from the spread of COVID-19. The measures will increase both capacity and physical space at the state’s prisons, which will allow the department to increase physical distancing, and assist it with isolation and quarantine efforts for ...

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Officials: South Entrance to YNP Closing Overnight

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — National Park Service officials announced Tuesday afternoon that the South Entrance to Yosemite is now “closed to all entry nightly from 10 p.m to 6 a.m.” The entrance gate is staffed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and open during those hours to park employees, residents and property owners with proof of residency/employment. Yosemite National Park ...

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Assemblyman Bigelow: ‘Local Food Banks Need Your Help’

Pictures of food and other vegetables

YOSEMITE — Due to the Shelter-in-Place order issued by Governor Newsom, California’s food banks have experienced an increase in demand and a shortage of volunteers. The California Association of Food Banks, which represents 41 food banks, has estimated that food banks across the state will need $116 million for additional emergency food to satisfy the growing need because of the ...

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MCSO Detective Recovering; Shooting Suspect ID’d, ‘Critical’

OAKHURST — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office deputy injured in Thursday’s shooting in Oakhurst has been identified as Neil Cuthbert, a veteran of the department who works as a detective out of the Oakhurst substation. According to MCSO officials, Cuthbert has been released from the hospital and is “at home recovering after sustaining serious facial and head injuries.” Investigators now ...

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