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MCSO Records, Business Offices Closed for President’s Day

OAKHURST — In observance of Presidents Day today, the lobbies of the Madera County Sheriff’s Office Valley (Madera) and Mountain (Oakhurst) records and business offices will be closed. As always, MCSO deputies and Communications Center personnel will remain available 24/7. For assistance, please call (559) 675-7770 (911 for emergencies).

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PG&E: Let Hearts Soar on Valentine’s Day, Not Metallic Balloons

SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is reminding customers that sparks – and not just the romantic kind – can fly on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) if improperly secured helium-filled metallic balloons come in contact with power lines. Metallic balloons have a silvery coating, which is a conductor for electricity. PG&E officials said this week that if ...

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CHP Conducting ‘Maximum Enforcement’ Speeding Crackdown

OAKHURST — The Oakhurst Area California Highway Patrol announced late this week that the agency is currently conducting a “maximum enforcement operation.” The initiative, agency officials explained, is a coordinated effort to reduce the amount of high speed drivers on Highway 41. “Our traffic enforcement is not meant to be a secret,” stated a CHP press release issued this week ...

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‘Fire Resilient Madera’ Workshop Set for Friday in Oakhurst

OAKHURST — Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation & Development Council will be hosting a “Fire Resilient Madera” workshop at the Oakhurst Library this week. The event takes place on Friday (Feb. 7) from 1 to 4 p.m. and all mountain area community members are invited to attend. The program, developed under the Madera Strategic Wildfire Mitigation Project, is meant to seek public ...

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Attention Employers: CalWorks Expands Subsidized New-Hire Program

MADERA — The Madera County Department of Social Services is currently recruiting public and private agencies in Madera County to participate in the CalWorks Employment Program (ESE). The Madera County Department of Social Services has launched a new subsidized employment program which reimburses employers for the wages of newly-hired employees from our program at varying levels during the first six ...

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MCSO Offers Active Shooter Response Training Saturday at YLP Clubhouse

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COARSEGOLD — The Madera County Sheriff’s Department is scheduled to conduct an ‘active shooter’ training session at the Yosemite Lakes Park clubhouse on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 9 – 11 a.m. The program, open to the public, is scheduled to last about an hour, with another hour reserved for Q&A. The training is intended to help participants protect themselves during ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log for January 7-13, 2020

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MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office reports taken locally from January 7-13,  2020. Coarsegold – Vandalism On Tuesday, January 7, at 7:25 a.m., a corporal was dispatched to Oonay Nation Road regarding vandalism. Some kind of substance was poured onto the porch of an apartment several days ago. No monetary damage. Documentation only at ...

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Winter Storm Warning Issued for Mountain Areas Above 4,000′

MOUNTAIN AREA — The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a Winter Storm Warning, in effect from 10 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 16) to 4 p.m. Friday for the Central and Southern Sierra. The warning includes mountain area communities above 4,000 feet in elevation. Heavy snow expected above 4,000 feet, according to NWS forecasters, with total snow accumulations of 4 ...

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MCSO Invites Public to Attend Swearing-in, Awards Ceremony

MADERA — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a swearing-in, promotional and special awards ceremony to recognize recent new hires and promotions within the department. The event will take place Thursday (Jan. 16) at 4 p.m. at MCSO headquarters, which is located at 2725 Falcon Drive in Madera. Among MCSO personnel to be recognized: Promotions: Ian Weaver, Sergeant Matthew ...

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Stomach Illness Report Spurs Yosemite Food Services Probe

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — The Associated Press is reporting that federal health officials are inspecting Yosemite National Park’s food service areas after at least a dozen people have fallen ill with stomach issues. The National Park Service and the U.S. Public Health Service confirmed late last week that they launched an investigation after employees and visitors reported the problems this ...

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