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Funding For Restoration Of Mariposa Grove Of Giant Sequoias

YOSEMITE — The National Park Service announced $15 million in support of 69 projects in 63 parks, including $1,165,000 for the Restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias at Yosemite National Park. This funding augments other National Park Service funds and a Yosemite Conservancy donation of $20 million to make the restoration project possible. This landmark restoration of the ...

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Yosemite Defends 22-Year Streak ACADEC Title

Submitted by Kristi Winter MADERA COUNTY — The 34th Annual Madera County Academic Decathlon competition begins on Friday, Jan. 29, as local high school students will compete in the interview and essay competitions at Madera County Office of Education. Yosemite High School, Chawanakee Academy, Chowchilla High, Liberty High, Madera High, Madera South High and will be competing to be named ...

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It’s Lady Beetle Season In The Sierra

BASS LAKE — “It’s that time of year when the ladybugs are moving on the creeks,” says area resident Paul Adelizi, who took advantage of a break in the rain to observe and photograph what he calls, without exaggeration, “an incredible sight.” Also called lady beetles and lady birds, the scientific name is Hippodamia convergens = convergent lady beetle. They ...

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New Passing Lane Construction On CA-41

MADERA COUNTY – Construction is underway now on both sides of CA-41, north of Highway 145 near the 22 Mile House, as a project eight years in the making finally gets its start. Caltrans spokesperson Gloria Rodriguez confirmed that construction has commenced to add passing lanes in both directions along 1.7 miles of State Route 41 just north of Highway ...

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Local Students Speak Out with “California Poetry Out Loud”

Submitted by Julia O’Kane of Madera County Arts Council – OAKHURST — Five area high schools participated last Saturday in a national program that emphasizes the literary arts and public speaking skills, Poetry Out Loud. Groups of students from Yosemite, Liberty, Madera High, Madera South High, Ripperdan, Endeavor, Glacier, and Mountain Vista high schools have been memorizing and practicing their ...

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Escape to Moss Landing

I have a personal goal of trying to have at least one adventure each week. Sometimes the adventures are big ones and sometimes they are pretty small ones, but they are adventures. The recent wet weather had me daydreaming about an adventure over at the coast and I had been watching for a break in the weather to escape. We ...

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Bass Lake Stolen Red Jeep Found!

BASS LAKE — Owners of a sporty red 1990 Jeep Wrangler stolen from their family cabin are rejoicing tonight, because their prized possession has been found and returned, worse for the wear but largely intact. On Monday, Jan. 18, Tammy and Mark Johnson drove from Hanford to stay in the cabin their extended family has owned for a decade, and found ...

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Caltrans Reopens Highway 41

MADERA COUNTY — Caltrans and CHP are still on the scene of a rockslide on Highway 41 between Highway 41 and Road 200, working to get the roadway reopened. The road was closed yesterday just before noon after several huge boulders crashed down into the northbound lane, causing one accident and forcing a detour. The tentative time for reopening will ...

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Double Murder Still Unsolved After 28 Years

NORTH FORK — For nearly three decades, the brutal murders of Velma Avdeeff and Stella Rea have remained unsolved – but not forgotten. Each year as the holidays come and go, the family wishes for only one thing – the answer to the question of who murdered these two women and why. The crime took place on New Year’s Day ...

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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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