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CHP Ramps Up Efforts To Reduce Impaired Driving

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is launching a new education and enforcement campaign to reduce the number of crashes caused by impaired drivers in California. Efforts associated with the yearlong Safer Highways Statewide grant will continue through September 30, 2021. The Safer Highways Statewide grant provides the CHP with funding to conduct additional driving under the influence ...

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California Fire Update

CALIFORNIA – Oct. 27, 2020 – Firefighters across California continue to be on high alert as Red Flag Warnings due to strong winds persist today over much of the State. Over 5,000 firefighters are battling 22 wildfires in California. Yesterday, firefighters responded to 42 new wildfires, even under Red Flag Warning conditions, all but three have been contained. Fanned by ...

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Cicely Muldoon is Yosemite National Park’s New Superintendent

WASHINGTON – Oct. 27, 2020 – The National Park Service has selected Cicely Muldoon, a 35-year veteran of the National Park Service, as the new permanent superintendent of Yosemite National Park. Muldoon has been serving as the acting superintendent since January. “Cicely is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding and compassionate leaders across the National Park Service. I’m ...

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Oakhurst Vote Center to Remain Open During Public Safety Power Shutoff

Madera, CA – The Madera County Registrar of Voters has announced that the Oakhurst Vote Center will remain open during all public safety power outages.  PG&E has notified County officials that the public safety power shutoff throughout Eastern Madera County will likely last through midday Tuesday. “We always have a contingency plan in place,” explained Rebecca Martinez, Madera County Clerk-Recorder and ...

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Hiking and Wandering Above Helen Lake Along the Kuna Crest

Do you ever hike a familiar trail and wonder what is hiding just over the next ridge? I sure do and had some time to explore the terrain above Helen Lake along the Kuna Crest.Where: Yosemite National ParkDistance: 11.16 MilesDifficulty: Moderate to StrenuousElevation Range: 9,596′ – 11,348′Date: October 19, 2020Maps: Falls Ridge, June Lake Topographic QuadsDog Hike? NoI had been ...

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Disaster Declaration Offers Federal Aid to Creek Fire Victims/Survivors

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – An Oct. 16 federal disaster declaration opens the nation’s aid process to Creek Fire survivors. If you or anybody you know has suffered loss or damage from the Creek Fire you/they may be eligible for federal assistance if you have uninsured losses and live in Madera or Fresno County. This declaration is also referred to as Disaster ...

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Madera County Moves Closer to Red Tier

MADERA COUNTY – On the Way to Red: Madera County Must Meet the Criteria for One Additional Week Before Moving into the Red Tier For the first time since the introduction of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, Madera County meets the state’s criteria for the red tier. Based upon the information released Oct. 20,2020, Madera County’s adjusted case rate ...

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Advisory: Public Safety Power Shutoff for Mariposa County

MARIPOSA – Oct. 23, 2020 – PG&E has notified the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event that is currently forecasted to affect areas of Mariposa County. This event is anticipated to begin on the afternoon of Sunday Oct. 25 and last through the evening of Tuesday Oct. 27 or Wednesday morning Oct. 28 before ...

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PG&E Expecting Public Safety Power Shutoff Due to Extreme Fire Weather for Madera County Mountain Communities

MADERA COUNTY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES – Oct. 23, 2020 – PG&E has notified the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event that is expected to affect areas of Madera County Mountain Communities. The PSPS is in response to the National Weather Service issuing a red flag warning for extreme fire weather for portions of the Sierra ...

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