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YLP Arsonist Again Denied Parole

MADERA — A serial arsonist who terrorized Yosemite Lakes Park six years ago has once again been denied parole. Earlier this month (Sept. 9), Kenneth Jackson’s petition for early release was rejected by the Board of Parole Hearings. Jackson was arrested along with his wife Alice Waterman on June 25, 2013, following a month-long investigation into a rash of suspicious ...

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Crash on Hwy 41 Sends Motorcyclist to Hospital

COARSEGOLD — A crash involving a car and motorcycle Sunday sent a 42-year-old man to the hospital with multiple injuries. The accident occurred shortly before noon along Highway 41 and Morava Road near the Coarsegold Mini-Storage. According to eyewitness accounts, the vehicle, a 2002 Dodge Stratus being driven by a 92-year-old man, turned into oncoming southbound traffic on Highway 41 ...

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Fast-Moving Blaze Guts Structure, Car in YLP

YOSEMITE LAKES PARK — A fast-moving fire at a property on North Dome Drive scorched a garage, house and car before firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze Friday afternoon. The cause of the fire, which broke out about 3:30 p.m. at 31207 North Dome Dr., remains under investigation. The fire is believed to have started in the garage near ...

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Tenaya Lodge’s Long-Time GM Announces Retirement

Yosemite Valley

YOSEMITE — The long-time general manager of Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite in Fish Camp, Paul Ratchford, will retire at year’s end after serving in the resort’s leadership role twice for a total of 16 of the past 27 years. For the last eight years, Ratchford has overseen the full renovation of all 302 lodge and cottage rooms plus its Jackalopes ...

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Victims ID’d in Double Fatal After Car Plunges into Bass Lake

BASS LAKE – An early morning crash on Road 222 near the Forks Resort claimed the lives of two eastern Madera County residents. “The occupants of the submerged vehicle discovered this morning in Bass Lake were pronounced deceased at the scene,” said the Madera County Sheriff’s Office in a release posted on the agency’s Facebook page. CHP identified the accident ...

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Official: Satellite Government Center to Open in 2020

OAKHURST — With escrow now closed and renovation efforts well underway, county officials said this week the new Satellite Government Center in Oakhurst should be open for business early next year. “We’re really happy to be able to bring government services to the people of Oakhurst,” Mary Anne Seay, special projects manager for Madera County, told supervisors at Tuesday night’s ...

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Fresno State Professor Hosts Emotional Tribute to Gaylen Lee

FRESNO — Family, friends and former colleagues gathered Monday night (Sept. 9) at the Peters Auditorium on the Fresno State campus to remember Gaylen D. Lee, a prominent Mono Indian tribal elder who was killed July 6 in a shooting near his home in North Fork. Longtime CSUF anthropology professor Dr. John Pryor organized the tribute to Lee. “Gaylen was ...

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Annual Classic Car Show Motors into Oakhurst

OAKHURST — A rainbow of rolling stock took center stage Saturday at The 17th Annual “Run For the Gold Classic Car Show.” From a vintage, jet-back 1965 Cadillac convertible to a 1926 Ford Coupe, nearly 100 rare, collector cars and trucks were on display this weekend at Oakhurst Community Park. Auto enthusiasts traveled from across California to show their vehicles ...

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Hiking up to Lower Dana Lake

We had planned on visiting all 5 or so of the Dana Lakes then heading up to Dana Plateau to exit but that didn’t happen as planned. We did make it to the lower lake after hiking up through the boulders to hike under the brightly colored mountains and rocks below towering Mount Dana. Where: Ansel Adams Wilderness, Inyo National ...

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Volunteers Pitch In to Clean Up Oakhurst River Parkway

OAKHURST — Several dozen community members rolled up their sleeves Saturday to take part in the “Great Sierra River Clean-Up.” The event was held from 9 am to noon by the banks of the Fresno River and along the Oakhurst River Parkway in the area adjacent to Oakhurst Community Park. Participants removed hundreds of pounds of litter and debris from ...

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