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Supervisors Vote To Drop Lawsuit Against High Speed Rail

Submitted by District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler Decision to Drop HSR Lawsuit Difficult but Necessary MADERA COUNTY – On Tuesday, the Madera County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to withdraw from the joint lawsuit against the California High Speed Rail Authority. The decision was split with Supervisors Max Rodriguez, Manuel Nevarez and myself moving to drop the suit. High Speed ...

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Brazen Bears Or Pesky Pigs? Call The Expert

NORTH FORK – You may think federal trappers are something out of a bygone era. But Wildlife Specialist Randy Partch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been trapping and dealing with errant animals for the past 24 years and shared some of his knowledge and experiences with residents at a Town Hall meeting in North Fork last week. “A ...

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Cal Fire Thanks Residents For Defensible Space

MARIPOSA – The Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) would like to say thank you to all the residents who have been working on your defensible space projects. While traveling in the Unit we have noticed your hard work in eliminating brush and pruning up trees. We are pleased you are taking advantage ...

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FBI Honors Madera County Sheriff's Lt. For Distinguished Service

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson is honored to announce that Lieutenant Darin McMechan has graduated from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. Lt. McMechan is a 26-year veteran of the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. For nearly three decades he has served the department in a number of highly skilled fields, among them, narcotics, SWAT, Search & Rescue, ...

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Wood Cutting Season Opens April 1

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Firewood cutting and gathering season on the Sierra National Forest is open from Apr. 1 to Nov. 30. To cut and gather firewood in the Sierra National Forest, you must obtain a woodcutting permit authorizing the permit holder to gather a specified amount of dead and downed wood for personal use from any portion of the ...

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Town Hall Meeting In North Fork

NORTH FORK – District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler will be holding a Town Hall meeting in North Fork on Thursday, Mar. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. Discussion topics will include updates on the 2012-13 County budget, the North Fork Volunteer Fire Station, the North Fork Bioenergy project, and general discussion of issues of interest to residents of District 5 ...

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Sheriff Provides Drop-Offs For Unwanted Medications

MADERA COUNTY – Anyone with unwanted medications will be able to drop them off when the Madera County Sheriff’s Office hosts the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) 6th National Take Back Initiative next month. The Sheriff’s Office will provide two drop-off sites on Saturday Apr. 27, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Wasuma 8th Grade Wins Academic Pentathlon

Submitted by Kristi Winter MADERA COUNTY – Wasuma Elementary School took top honors at the 2013 Academic Pentathlon on Saturday, Mar. 16, winning the 8th grade competition. The Ranchos Middle School also finished on top, defended their title and winning the 7th grade competition. More than 350 students participated in this year’s five-event academic competition, held over two days. Math ...

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Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

MARIPOSA – On Saturday night, Mar. 9, Californians will be turning their clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time. And when they do, The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) is reminding them to replace the batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. This minimal effort could mean the difference between life and ...

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Local Middle Schools Participate In Math Tournament

MADERA COUNTY – Madera County’s middle school students will be putting their minds to the test at this year’s 2013 Math Tournament. Students will take three tests: Individual Endurance, Circuit Training and Relay Race on Friday, Mar. 8, at the Madera Center. During the Circuit Training teams will be given 20 questions and 2 ½ minutes per question moving through ...

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