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Are You Prepared For Public Safety Power Shutoffs During Fire Season?

FRESNO – As wildfire season approaches, residents need to be aware of and prepared for the possibility that their power will be shut off – sometimes for several days – as a safety precaution. California’s three largest energy companies have announced a coordinated wildfire safety and awareness campaign to prepare Californians for the threat of extreme weather and power outages ...

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“California Wildfires Have Changed, Together We Must Adapt”

SACRAMENTO – Once again California’s wet winter created a sizable crop of new grass growth, but don’t let the wet weather fool you as the abundant grass dries. It is fuel for wildfires. Now is the time to act to prevent wildfires. Governor Gavin Newsom declared May 5-11 “Wildfire Preparedness Week” to urge homeowners that “California Wildfires Have Changed, Together ...

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Supervisors To Vote Tuesday On North Fork Roundabout

MADERA – The Madera County Board of Supervisors will decide at their regular meeting Tuesday whether to approve a $1.97-million dollar contract to build Madera County’s first public roundabout in North Fork at the intersection of Roads 225 and 274. The controversial project has been in the planning stages for nearly three years and would be funded, in large part, ...

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Head Start Offers Free Preschool, Enroll Now For 2019-2020

OAKHURST – Head Start programs will be closing for the summer break very soon, but there is still time to complete an application locally for your child to enroll in the upcoming 2019-2020 program year. The Oakhurst center will close on May 17, and the North Fork center closes on May 23. You may still apply over the summer in ...

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Red Cross Offers Online Course And App For Pet First Aid

FRESNO — With pets being valued members of the family, it is more important than ever that families are trained in pet first aid. The American Red Cross offers an online training and app to get owners up to speed. The Cat and Dog First Aid online course and Pet First Aid App are available for pet owners, pet-sitters and ...

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‘Wine And Cheese In The Garden’ Returns To North Fork School

NORTH FORK – Wine and Cheese in the Garden is returning Sunday, May 5, as Chawanakee Educational Foundation hosts their annual spring fundraiser in the North Fork School garden. Come enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres in North Fork School’s organic garden from 2 to 5 p.m. Hansel Kern and Kern Family Farm volunteers will be giving guided tours of a ...

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Hey, There’s A Bear In The Garden

NORTH FORK — Depending on your perspective, there was either a bear in Sue’s garden today or a Sue in the bear’s backyard. Sue and Larry Langley live in the shadow of Peckinpah Mountain on a beautiful swath of land which she has carefully cultivated with natives over the many years they’ve been here. Today dawned with beauty, just like ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log Through Apr. 28

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Apr. 22 to Sunday, Apr. 28, 2019. Raymond coroner’s report On Monday, April 22 at 4:23 p.m. a deputy was dispatched to the 33000 block of Road 613 in regards to a welfare check. Upon arrival, the subject in question was located ...

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Madera Sheriff Warns Of The Latest Phone Scams

MADERA COUNTY – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office has been made aware of several phone and email scams circulating throughout Madera County. Though specific details may vary, these scams typically contain one or more of the following characteristics: Requesting people provide or confirm their Social Security number Informing people they are eligible to receive a financial grant/payment, but must pay ...

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New North Fork Water Treatment Plant Plan Moving Forward

NORTH FORK — A plan to build a new water treatment facility to service the North Fork area continues to flow forward. “We’ve been making pretty good progress,” says Ray Gutierrez, an engineer in Madera County’s Public Works Department, which is overseeing the project known as the North Fork Consolidation Plan. A joint venture between the Chawanakee Unified School District ...

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