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Governor pays visit to health officials

Newsom tours health department

California Gov. Gavin Newsom stands with local public health Director Sara Bosse, right, as Bosse introduces department staff and partners. The governor stopped by the health department in Madera County on Monday. Submitted photoCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom stopped by the Madera County Public Health Department offices on Monday for a tour of facilities including the vaccination clinic. Madera County Health […]

Macaulay lays groundwork to run for supervisor

Bobby MacaulayLocal civic leader Bobby Macaulay announced that he has received approval from the State of California to explore a run for Madera County District 5 Supervisor, and is letting the community know he needs support in order to compete in the race for the seat currently held by Tom Wheeler. Macaulay has put together a team of local leaders […]

Wheeler sets next town hall meeting March 4

Tom WheelerMadera County District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler will hold his monthly town hall meeting on Thursday, March 4, online via Zoom. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. and the public may attend using the call-in number and meeting ID listed below. The focus of the meeting is jobs, workforce and employer resources. An introduction of county staff and guests […]

Senior, teen driving classes slated by CHP

California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Oakhurst will offer two safe driving classes — one for seniors and one for teens — on Saturday, Feb. 27. Both classes are free. From 10 a.m. to noon, CHP will hold the senior driver education class Age Well, Drive Smart. Designed to assist senior drivers (65 years of age and older) to continue to […]

Yosemite Bank parent company ranked 52 in ‘Forbes Best Banks’ for 2021

Shown is the Oakhurst branch of Yosemite Bank. The company recently received a top national rating.Shining in a national spotlight, Heartland Financial USA, Inc., the parent company of Premier Valley Bank and the Yosemite Bank division, has been named a Forbes Best Bank for 2021, ranking in at 52 out of 100. Forbes reported that Heartland Financial USA total assets […]

Help sought to gather Covid-19 info

In anticipation of expansions in Covid-19 vaccine eligibility from the state, Madera County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) is looking at ways to deliver those vaccines and is asking for the help of local employers in order to do so. “The bottom line is, we want to prevent hospitalizations and death,” said Sara Bosse, the county’s health director. “We are […]

Information being sought about man who was discovered dead following party


The Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is asking the public for information surrounding what authorities said is a “suspicious death.” MCSO said Martin “Junior” Tapia died on Dec. 4, 2020. “There is information Junior was at a party in the La Vina area of Madera County at the time of his death,” according to a statement released this week by […]

Man arrested on child sex abuse imagery count


A Madera County man was taken into custody this week on felony charges of possession and distribution of child sexual abuse imagery, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). Sheriff’s detectives received a tip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) through the Central California Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force program. The tip was regarding […]

Bigelow introduces pair of wildfire bills

Wildfires are the subject of two bills now in the legislature. File photoAssembly member Frank Bigelow has introduced two wildfire related bills, AB 910 and AB 912, to help prevent future catastrophic wildfires. “Last year, California faced its most destructive wildfire season,” said Bigelow. “The Creek Fire in my district alone burned over 300,000 acres. California cannot keep putting off […]

Forest officials planning many controlled burns

This is a map of the areas where officials are planning controlled burns in the region. Submitted photoSierra National Forest fire officials plan to implement their winter/ spring prescribed burning program within the Bass Lake Ranger District (BLRD). The projects are on Bass Lake Recreation Sites, Carmen Pasture, Cedar Valley, Creek Fire Double-gate, Ferguson Fire, Greys Mountain, Sugar Pine, Sonny […]

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