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Annual Drawdown Begins At Bass Lake

BASS LAKE — Visitor and residents along Bass Lake will see water levels begin to drop in the coming weeks as water is released in the annual drawdown. Beginning Sept. 29, PG&E will be begin operation of the power houses at Crane Valley and along the river as they lower the lake level to provide water to downstream users. “The ...

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Your Home Can Survive A Wildfire – Here’s How

Here is a classic example of how Owner Mitigation + Firefighter Hard Work = Success. Though the official fire season may be winding down in the next few months, finger crossed, preparation to ensure that your home is fire ready and fire safe is an ongoing task that is best accomplished in the wet and cooler weather. This dramatic photo ...

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Supervisors Vote Unanimously Against A Pay Raise

MADERA COUNTY — The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously yesterday not to accept the pay increase recommended by staff, that would put them more in line with the salaries of supervisors in neighboring counties. District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler, who has supported the increase in the past, made the motion to deny the ordinance, stating that he had given it ...

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Supervisors Vote To Move Forward On Austin Quarry

MADERA COUNTY — After an emotional meeting lasting nearly 11 hours, the Madera County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to move forward with the Austin Quarry project, planned for the southwest corner of Highways 41 and 145. Today’s hearing was to consider two appeals of the Planning Commission’s July 19 decision to certify a Final Environmental Impact Report, approve two ...

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State Property Tax Postponement Program Reinstated

CALIFORNIA — The State Controllers Property Tax Postponement Program has been reinstated after being suspended by the Governor in 2009, according to the Madera County Tax Collector’s Office. The Property Tax Postponement program allows homeowners who are seniors, are blind or have a disability to defer their current year property taxes on their primary residence if they meet certain established ...

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Supervisors Hold Special Meeting On Austin Quarry

MADERA COUNTY — The Madera County Board of Supervisors are holding a special meeting on Monday, Sept. 12, at 9 a.m., with the only item on the agenda the fate of the proposed Austin Quarry. The Planning Commission voted 3-2 on July 19, to approve the conditional use permit for the Austin Quarry, a 671-acre site to be developed by ...

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Counterfeit Medications Pose Threat To County Residents

MADERA COUNTY – The sale of counterfeit goods, including dangerous medications, has been the focus of recent investigations and arrests in Madera County. The District Attorney is expected to file charges as early as Monday against two men arrested by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Thursday afternoon during the execution of state ...

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PG&E Replaces Power Lines On Highway 145

MADERA COUNTY — Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) crews will be replacing and upgrading approximately three miles of overhead power lines on Highway 145 from Highway 41 east to Road 206 this week. Work will take place on Thursday, Sept. 8, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., and will involve ten separate PG&E work crews, comprised of approximately 50 ...

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Sheriff Varney Welcomes New Citizens On Patrol Volunteers

MADERA COUNTY — Sheriff Jay Varney and the Madera County Sheriffs Office welcomed seven new Citizens on Patrol (COP) volunteers to the force on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Sheriff Varney administered the Oath of Office to Janice Guthrie, Lloyd Green, Jarrett Dean, Hal Parks, Chris Reese and John Arredondo during a graduation ceremony held at the Sheriff’s Office in Madera. Jon ...

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Madera Sheriff’s Office Mourns Loss Of Chuck Reiring

MADERA COUNTY — It’s with a heavy heart that Sheriff Jay Varney announces the passing of Retired Sergeant Chuck Reiring. Sgt. Reiring started as a reserve deputy with the Madera County Sheriff’s Office in 1971 before being hired as full time Deputy Sheriff in 1975. During his 32 years with the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Reiring worked as a ...

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