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Updated Road Conditions Report

Highway 41 – R2, chains or 4wd with snow tires are required, all vehicles must carry chains. Highway 140 – R0, no chain requirements. Yosemite Valley – R0, no chain requirements. Highway 120 – R2, chains or 4wd with snow tires are required, all vehicles must carry chains. Mariposa Grove Road – temporarily closed. Hetch Hetchy Road – temporarily closed. For highways ...

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Winter Weather Blankets Mountain Area

NORTH FORK — Mountain area residents awoke Wednesday morning to a chilly, wintry landscape, with the season’s first dusting of snow creating challenging travel conditions but a scenic backdrop for the Thanksgiving holiday. Residents in the North Fork and O’Neals area reported more than an inch of the fluffy white stuff had fallen overnight but as Wednesday morning dawned, the ...

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Heavy Winter Weather Expected Over Next Few Days

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST– The National Weather Service is forecasting heavy winter weather for the Sierra National Forest (SNF) over the next few days. The weather system is expected to bring needed rainfall to the valley, and snow to the Southern Sierra, with snow levels falling to as low as 1500’ into the foothills. This weather is welcome for our environment, ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log for the Week Ending November 11

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MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office reports taken locally from Tuesday, November 5, to Monday, November 11, 2019. Ahwahnee Fraud Investigation On Tuesday, November 5, at 11:54 a.m., a cadet was dispatched to Liberty Drive in Oakhurst regarding a fraud investigation. Recommend case be closed due to a lack of investigative leads. Oakhurst Juveniles ...

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Detour Alert for Southbound Traffic on Highway 41 in Madera County

Detour alert!

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced a planned detour for southbound State Route 41 traffic due to paving operations. The following detour will be in effect: Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 13, and ending Friday, Nov. 15, southbound State Route 41 traffic between State Route 145 and Avenue 15 will be placed on a signed detour. The detour will take place ...

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SNF Seeking Public Input for 2020 OHMVR Grant Program

CLOVIS — The Sierra National Forest (SNF) is requesting public input for the California 2020 State Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program application cycle. Each year the State of California makes funding available through the OHMVR Grants Program. This Program provides financial assistance to eligible agencies and organizations (federal, city, county, nonprofit, etc.) who develop, maintain, ...

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‘All Clear’ for Now, PG&E Hoping to Begin Restoring Power Later Today

MOUNTAIN AREA — Daybreak delivered some guardedly optimistic news for the thousands of residents of eastern Madera County without power since mid-afternoon Sunday — high winds overnight had calmed and PG&E was inspecting power lines and preparing to turn power back on later in the day. Just after 7 a.m. this morning, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office sent out the ...

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Memorial Service for Paul Rotondaro Scheduled for Today

Firefighters will gather together today (Thursday, Oct. 10) to pay their respects to CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) Fire Captain Paul Rotondaro, who passed away on October 2nd, 2019 in Gustine, California. Captain Rotondaro started his career with CAL FIRE in 2006 as a Fire Fighter I in MMU, and worked through the ranks to Fire Captain. He will be ...

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Celebration Of Life For William J. Schlichting

Bill Schlichting

NORTH FORK — William J. Schlichting passed away August 21, 2019, with his family by his side. Bill lived in North Fork for 70+ years until recently moving to Fresno. After graduating from Sierra High school, Bill enlisted in the Navy and was a Korean War veteran. Once home from the Navy, he worked at the North Fork lumber mill. ...

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