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‘Contact Tracing’ Task Force Limiting COVID-19 Spread

MADERA — A newly formed “contact tracing” task force appears to be making a big difference in limiting the spread of COVID-19 in Madera County. The task force is made up of a coalition of local agencies including the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, health department, District Attorney’s Office and Madera County Probation. Madera and Chowchilla P.D. also have members on ...

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Update: Supervisors Postpone Hemp Ordinance Discussion

MADERA — Discussion of a proposed set of new County regulations spelling out how large-scale industrial hemp farming could be rolled out in Madera County was pulled from the Madera County Board of Supervisors’ agenda Tuesday morning — but not before District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler blasted the effort so far as “too slow” in developing and, as currently written, ...

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Mountain Area Home ‘Sold’ Prices Rise in First Quarter of 2020

MOUNTAIN AREA — Local Realtor Ed Bailey of Ed Bailey Realty in Oakhurst reports that January-through-March 2020 home sales increased significantly compared to sales activity during the same period in 2019. Forty six mountain area homes were sold in Q1 2020, Bailey reported, compared to 36 sales during the same period last year. The median purchase price was $315,875, increasing ...

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Mariposa County Currently Holding Supply Drive for Needed Items

Picture of mini shopping cart full of toilet paper.

MARIPOSA — Due to the recent pandemic, Mariposa County residents have found themselves in need of various sanitary products, including such things as: Toilet paper Disinfecting spray Disinfecting wipes Hand sanitizer If you have any of these types of items to spare, please donate them today. Mariposa HHSA will be in charge of distributing the donated items, along with food ...

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District Attorney’s Office, Courts Adapt to ‘Changing World’

MADERA — This past week marked a sign-of-the-times milestone for the Madera County District Attorney’s office — on Thursday (April 2) a prosecutor from the DA’s office made the department’s first online court appearance. Under “normal” circumstances, deputy district attorneys must physically go to court to handle cases. However, during this unprecedented pandemic, the Madera County Superior Court is taking ...

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2020 Bass Lake Fishing Derby Cancelled

BASS LAKE — The 2020 Bass Lake Fishing Derby has been canceled, according to a press release issued Wednesday. “We were really hoping to go through with the Fishing Derby this year but had to consider the health and safety of participants, Bass Lake and our mountain community,” said Michelle Miller, owner of Miller’s Landing Resort. “Even though this is ...

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Walking up a Dirt Road: Hartman Cutoff

Do you have a favorite dirt road that you like to walk on? I stayed close to home for this one and I feel weird calling this a hike because it was more of a brisk walk up a dirt road lined with pretty wildflowers and singing birds. Distance: 11.82 Miles (but you can go shorter or longer) Difficulty: Easy ...

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Local Groups Partner for Mountain Area COVID-19 Food Drive

OAKHURST — This week the Eastern Madera County Rotary Club, the Mountain Area Youth Organization, The Manna House, the Soroptimist Club, The Elderberry House, Larry Smith and his crew from Custom Design Construction and the Madera County Board of Supervisors partnered with Madera County Food Bank Director Ryan McWheter and his team to have food both available for pickup — ...

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Bass Lake Resort ‘Reinvents’ Business During Coronavirus Crisis

BASS LAKE — It’s no secret the hospitality industry has been hit extremely hard by the COVID-19 crisis. Direct health concerns as well strict restrictions and directives from health officials, including social distancing, sheltering in place and closing the area’s main attraction – Yosemite National Park — has resulted in a significant drop in all tourism-related business. In just the ...

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