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Today’s Actions Affect Tomorrow’s National Forests And Local Communities

By Dean Gould, Forest Supervisor, Sierra National Forest and Rachel Smith, Acting Forest Supervisor, Sequoia National Forest/Giant Sequoia National Monument —  SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — The Sierra and Sequoia National Forests cover nearly 2.5 million acres and almost half of the state’s population lives within a four-hour drive of these forests. Even if you don’t visit one of these forests, ...

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Undersheriff Tyson Pogue Graduates From Elite FBI Academy Program

QUANTICO, Va. — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) announces the graduation of Undersheriff Tyson Pogue from the 276th Session of the FBI National Academy-Quantico in Quantico, Virginia. Undersheriff Pogue is an 18-year veteran of MCSO and currently serves as second in command. Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program offers ten weeks of advanced, executive-level leadership ...

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County Warns Taxpayers Of Bogus Solicitation Of Fees For Documents

MADERA COUNTY — Madera County Clerk-Recorder Rebecca Martinez is cautioning local residents who may receive what appears to be a bill for copies of recorded documents – including deeds, deeds of trust and other documents associated with buying a home, refinancing a mortgage or paying off a mortgage – that these documents are recorded and are open to public inspection. ...

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Living In The Foothills — A Unique Environmental Workshop

OAKHURST — “The beauty and challenges of the foothills make it a ‘unique’ place to live,” says Jeannie Habben, a Coarsegold resident for 27 years and the new Deputy Director of Water and Natural Resources for Madera County. On Saturday, June 29, Habben will present a workshop at the Oakhurst Branch Library that will address the challenges to living more ...

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Tourism Grants Awarded To Local Non-Profits

OAKHURST – Visit Yosemite | Madera County has awarded $20,000 in grant money to five Madera County nonprofit tourism partner businesses. Each organization applied for the 2019 VYMC Tourism Improvement Grant to enhance visitor experience and was awarded up to $5,000. “A boost in local tourism produced additional funding, so we thought a great way to spend it was to share ...

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Celebration Of Life For Charles “Chuck” Walling, Jr.

Loving brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather Charles “Chuck” L. Walling Jr. passed from this life on April 4, 2019. Chuck was preceded in death by his older sister Jean Marie Peoples (Walling), his wife Helen Walling and his granddaughter Maegan Walling. He is survived by his four sons, nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Chuck was born in Tulsa, Okla. ...

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Strategic Wildfire Mitigation Includes Major Fuel Break Project

NORTH FORK — Several fires in the last few years, including the Courtney Fire (2014), Railroad Fire (2017), and Mission Fire (2017), posed significant risks to public health and safety and destroyed homes and infrastructure. In many cases, defensible space and thinned areas made the difference in preventing further high severity fire and economic loss. The Madera Strategic Wildfire Mitigation ...

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Welcoming Summer On Solstice, Longest Day Of The Year

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE — Here we go! This is your cue to start celebrating. Summer officially kicks off at precisely at 8:53 a.m. PDT on Friday, June 21, with solstice, marking the point during the year when the sun takes its most northerly path across the sky. Sunrise on Friday will be at 5:41 a.m. and sunset at 8:07 p.m. Summer ...

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ArborWorks Branches Out In Oakhurst

OAKHURST — “We have a lot of people working in this area and really want to be involved in the community,” says Chriso Lee, director of operations for ArborWorks Inc., a tree care company that in just the past few years has become one of the area’s largest employers. Every day, the company sends dozens of crews out around the ...

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North Fork Town Hall Meeting At Rancheria Community Center

NORTH FORK — District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler will host a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, June 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. in North Fork. On the evening’s agenda will be updates from the North Fork Rancheria, Cal Fire and Madera County Fire, and the Sheriff’s Office. Also making presentations will be Nichole Mosqueda of Camarena Health, Stephanie Anagnoson ...

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