Madera County

Fresh snow in the Sierra (CBS)

There Are Too Many Trees In California Soaking Up Much Needed Water, UC Berkeley Study Says

Environmental scientists at UC Berkeley are saying that there are too many trees in the California’s forests. Scientists say that less trees would leave more rain water available to meet the state’s demand.

09/22/2014

Wildfire destroying a structure in the town of Weed in Siskiyou County. (CBS)

State Coordinating Response To Battle Massive Wildfires Throughout California

Officials with the California Office of Emergency Services near Sacramento are making sure local communities have all the resources they need to fight these fires, from staffing, to tankers, to shelters.

09/16/2014

(Madera County Sheriff)

Hundreds Flee Wildfires Near Sierra Nevada Foothills, Over 400 Homes Threatened

Two raging wildfires in California forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes, including one near a lakeside resort town that burned nearly two dozen structures, many of them homes.

09/15/2014

A farmworker picks lettuce in a field. (Hector Mata/AFP/Getty Images)

KCBS Cover Story Series: Central Valley Farm Jobs Dry Up With California Drought

The effect of the drought on California’s agriculture industry has eliminated jobs for many farm workers, both migrants and people who call the Central Valley home year round.

06/26/2014

Billy Ray Brown Jr., son of the owner of the local B and B Livestock auction, is accused of sending a horse called Lacey out of state to slaughter for human consumption. (Madera County Sheriff / CBS)

Auctioneer 1st Man Charged Under California Law To Protect Horses From Slaughter

They were called Lacey and Squirt, two professional rodeo horses and beloved pets. But they ended up sold for meat on someone’s dinner plate overseas. In a landmark case, a suspect has been charged with delivering at least one of them to slaughter.

06/05/2014

Marijuana

Football Field-Sized Marijuana Greenhouses Seized In Central Valley

Authorities in Central California say they have seized more than 500 full-grown marijuana plants from a sophisticated growing operation near Fresno.

05/22/2014

Drowning

Richmond Man Swept Over Waterfall In Sierra National Forest

A Richmond man died after he was swept over a waterfall in the Sierra National Forest south of Yosemite National Park while leading a group of campers to a swimming area on Saturday afternoon, a Madera County sheriff’s spokeswoman said.

08/13/2013

A Marijuana plant (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Agents Pull 15,000 Pot Plants In Sierra National Forest

Agents in Madera County have eradicated nearly 15,000 marijuana plants on two grow sites in the Sierra National Forest.

06/13/2013

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