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Madera County SAR Teams Train For Winter Rescues

MADERA COUNTY — Madera Snow Search and Rescue volunteers, ‪Madera Sheriff OHV‬, ‪‎Madera County Sheriff deputies‬ and two Sierra National Forest officers conducted snow training Saturday, Jan 16. The teams trained on snowmobiles, tracked ATVs, tracked UTVs and a snow cat. Teams also conducted GPS and avalanche beacon training. Training started off at 8 a.m. and it rained on the ...

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Sandbags Available At These Locations

SIERRA FOOTHILLS — With more rain on the way, some residents of the foothills are asking where they can get sandbags to help protect their property. The Madera County Office of Emergency Services has a comprehensive list of places where sand is available. For complete information, visit http://madera-county.com/index.php/office-of-emergency-services and click on “Countywide Sandbag Locations.” Please note that some locations have ...

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Hiking From Indian Flat to the Old Hite Mine

In 1861, a young prospector by the name of John Hite headed out from Coulterville on a prospecting trip with a sack of flour and a few provisions.  Over 3 million dollars were made in the mine that he claimed called the Hite Mine above the South Fork of the Merced River. I have been wanting to visit this actual ...

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Yosemite National Park To Change Historic Names

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announced today that the names of several buildings and facilities within the park will be renamed to eliminate potential trademark infringement issues with the current concessioner of Yosemite, DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. (DNCY), a subsidiary of the Delaware North Companies. The name changes will impact several iconic buildings and ...

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Madera Sheriff Recruiting Citizens On Patrol

MADERA COUNTY — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is currently recruiting for Citizens on Patrol. Applications will be accepted until Monday, Jan 25. Citizens on Patrol is a cooperative effort of the Sheriff’s Office and community participants and is designed to enhance the quality of life in Madera County. Citizens on Patrol members are a uniformed volunteer unit of the ...

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Explorer Academy Introduces Law Enforcement Career

COUNTY — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office just completed their second annual Explorer Academy with 32 Explorers participating, including candidates from the Madera County Fire Explorers, Fresno Sheriff Explorers, Madera Police Department Explorers, and Madera Sheriff Explorers. This four day academy is designed to provide a basic foundation for a career in law enforcement. With these graduates having completed the ...

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Popular El Portal Road Re-Opens

YOSEMITE — Good news for travelers and others this evening, as the the El Portal Road (continuation of Highway 140) in Yosemite National Park will re-open at 6 p.m. today to all vehicular traffic. The road has been closed since the morning of Thursday,  Jan. 7, due to a rockfall that blocked access to Yosemite Valley via this popular route. ...

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4-Vehicle Crash Blocks Highway 41

COARSEGOLD — A crash involving four vehicles blocked Highway 41 this morning just south of Yosemite Springs Parkway. At about 8:45 a.m., a 38-year-old Coarsegold woman was northbound on Highway 41 in a 2007 Toyota Prius, and had slowed to a stated speed of about 30 mph and signaled to turn left onto Road 207. According to CHP at the ...

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Mariposa County Family Loses Everything In House Fire

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Just after 3 a.m. this morning, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a structure fire in the Greeley Hill Area of Mariposa County. Mariposa County Fire Stations 24, 26 and 31 were dispatched along with Cal Fire to a two-story home, located in the 6700 block of Greeley Hill Road, ...

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CHP Helicopter Rescues Woman From Nevada Fall Trail

YOSEMITE — During the evening of Jan. 2, California Highway Patrol Helicopter 40 (H40) was requested by Yosemite National Park search and rescue personnel (YOSAR) to assist with a first-light hoist rescue of an injured person. The victim was 63-year-old Sue Hopley from Palo Alto, Calif., who was hiking the Nevada Falls trail. Due to ice formation on the granite, ...

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