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Annual Ceremony Honors Fallen Law Enforcement Officers

MADERA – On Tuesday, law enforcement agencies from around Madera County gathered to remember fallen officers in Madera County as well as to honor the memories of all of the law enforcement members who died in the line of duty in 2019 in California.Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s ceremony — the 13th annual — was a bit different, ...

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Supervisors OK First Reading of New Industrial Hemp Ordinance

MADERA — In a rare 3-2 split vote on Tuesday, the Madera County Board of Supervisors approved the first reading of a new ordinance regulating the growth of industrial hemp in the county. The updated regulations set the table for large-scale expansion of industrial hemp in the county, with some ag experts predicting the new “green” rush could lead to ...

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Mariposa’s ‘Double Rainbow Guy’ Dies at 57

MARIPOSA — The creator of one of the country’s most memorable viral nature videos has died. Paul L. Vasquez, the burly, bearded mountain man whose emotional, awestruck reaction upon seeing a double rainbow propelled him to internet stardom and turned him into a folk hero, passed away over the weekend. He was 57.Vasquez, who called himself Yosemitebear on social media, ...

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Organizers Seek Volunteers for Annual ‘Avenue of Flags’ Salute

OAKHURST — The Marine Corps League in Oakhurst together with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Association will be hosting the annual Avenue of the Flags for Memorial Day (May 25) at Oakhill Cemetery. “We are seeking veterans and their families to help us put the flags up at 7 a.m. and take them down at 16:00,” said Maryann Enciso, the ...

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Walking up a Dirt Road: Worman’s Mill to the Lone Sequoia

A little more mileage on my adventure took me up to the Lone Sequoia and it is called that for a reason. But it wasn’t alone. It was accompanied by snowplants, wildflowers and dogwoods getting ready to bloom. . . and gnats. Distance: 12.37 Miles (but you can go shorter or longer)Difficulty: Easy to ModerateElevation Range: 3,418′ to 4,619′Date: April ...

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Oakhurst Sewer Line Replacement Project Reaches ‘Cross-Over’

OAKHURST — Northbound lanes of Highway 41 between the Fresno River and Road 426 have been reopened to traffic, according to the latest update from the Madera County Public Works Department.“Traffic signals at SR 41/SR 49 and SR 41/Rd 426 intersections will remain on all-way flashing red as required by Caltrans to allow traffic to re-acclimate to the normal traffic ...

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North Fork Man Charged in Lee Homicide Makes Court Appearance

MADERA — A North Fork man charged in the July 2019 murder of prominent Mono tribal elder Gaylen Lee made another preliminary court appearance on Friday. Robert Eugene Moye, 47, appeared in Department 23 of Madera County Superior Court Friday afternoon to formally hear all of the charges against him. Moye was found competent earlier this year to stand trial ...

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Gov. Reviewing Proposal to Allow Sit-Down Dining in Restaurants

MOUNTAIN AREA — A trade group representing California restaurants has drafted a plan to allow the industry to reopen for sit-down dining. The new proposal would include a number of safeguards for diners and staff while avoiding possible requirements imposed in other states that customers have their temperature taken or the number of tables in the restaurant be dramatically limited, ...

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Webinar Spotlight’s Prescribed Burns for Property Management

MARIPOSA — UCCE Mariposa is offering a free online webinar series focusing on the use of prescribed burns as a vegetation and fire fuel management tool. The five-part series, which starts today (May 6), is free but requires registration. The webinars will be held online every Wednesday in May and the first Wednesday in June from 10 a.m. to 11:30 ...

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Letter: Sheriff Asks Governor to Allow Madera County to Reopen

MADERA — At their regular board meeting this week, Madera County supervisors authorized Madera County Sheriff Jay Varney to send a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom requesting more leeway be given to individual counties like Madera in terms of how quickly businesses are allowed to reopen. The sheriff, in his letter, reportedly argues that more rural counties, including Madera, should ...

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