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PG&E Pleads Guilty to 84 Deaths Stemming from 2018 Camp Fire

BUTTE COUNTY — PG&E pleaded guilty Tuesday to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of unlawfully sparking the Camp Fire. The deadliest blaze in California’s history, the Camp Fire burned for 17 days in November 2018, scorching more than 150,000 acres, destroying of the town of Paradise and killing 85 people.As part of Tuesday’s court proceeding, which took ...

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Courts: ‘Zero Dollar’ Bail Policy to End This Week

SAN FRANCISCO — The Judicial Council of California voted Wednesday 17-2 to end the state’s controversial “zero dollar” bail schedule on June 20.The temporary measure allowed those accused of lower-level crimes to be released from jail without paying any bail. The Judicial Council said the measure was intended to curb the spread of COVID-19 in jails and surrounding communities but ...

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All Aboard! Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad Reopens

FISH CAMP – Let the summertime fun officially begin — the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, located only four miles from the south gate of Yosemite National Park, opens for the season today. Beginning Friday (June 12), visitors and train enthusiasts can once again ride the open-air “logger” on a one-hour excursion through the Sierra Nevada. The Thornberry Museum, onsite ...

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Yosemite Jazz Band Resumes Thursday Night Pizza Factory Gigs

OAKHURST — A summertime mountain community tradition — live jazz on the outdoor patio at the Pizza Factory — is set to swing back into action next week. “Our community needs the uplift soooo much right now,” says Berl Howell, one of the leaders of the iconic Yosemite Jazz Band, which will perform for the first time since the pandemic ...

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Beasore Rd Work Set to Begin; Chiquito Bridge to be Replaced

MOUNTAIN AREA — Construction work on Beasore Road above Bass Lake will begin on Wednesday (June 10), with paving planned to take place on the road beginning approximately one mile past the Upper Chiquito Bridge. Motorists can expect up to two-hour traffic delays during the project — “and a lot of construction equipment traffic traveling along Beasore Road,” said a ...

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Update: State Supreme Court Hears Mono Casino Appeal

SACRAMENTO — The California State Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday (June 2) in the long-running case known as the United Auburn Indian Community of the Auburn Rancheria v Newsom.While the Auburn Indians and a number of other California casino tribes continue to oppose the Mono’s 20-year effort to build a casino and hotel off Highway 99 near Madera, since ...

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Madera County Has New Top Administrator, Acting Sheriff

MADERA — Supervisors made it official Tuesday morning: Former Sheriff Jay Varney is now the County’s top day-to-day administrator.At the start of today’s (June 2) meeting, which was chaired by Supervisor Rob Poythress, the board formally appointed Varney to be the County’s new chief administrative officer. “He will take over as a strong leader,” said Supervisor Frazier. “Jay is exactly who ...

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Tourism Officials Voice Concerns with Yosemite Reopening Plan

MARIPOSA — Emphasizing that visitor safety remains their top priority, tourism officials of gateway communities in Madera and Mariposa counties are nonetheless voicing concern over planned new restricted access to Yosemite National Park.  “On May 18, Yosemite National Park leadership shared its draft reopening strategy with the region’s gateway communities. The proposal would limit daily access to 3,600 vehicles, 1,700 ...

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Update: Bass Lake’s July 4th Fireworks Show Canceled

BASS LAKE — It’s official: The 2020 July 4 fireworks show at Bass Lake has been canceled.After 24 hours of conflicting reports about whether the popular event will be allowed to take place this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bass Lake Chamber posted late Thursday on its Facebook page: “It’s with a lot of sadness that we’re announcing that ...

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