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Yosemite National Park To Change Historic Names

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announced today that the names of several buildings and facilities within the park will be renamed to eliminate potential trademark infringement issues with the current concessioner of Yosemite, DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. (DNCY), a subsidiary of the Delaware North Companies. The name changes will impact several iconic buildings and ...

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Caltrans Repairing Potholes On Highway 41

MADERA COUNTY — Motorist have likely seen Caltrans crews out along Highway 41, most recently near Lucky Lane in Coarsegold, and may have experienced short delays due to the repair work. Recent storms have caused potholes to open up in the roadway, and crews are out working to do temporary repairs. According to Gloria Rodriguez, Public Information Officer for Caltrans ...

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Madera County Collects $82 Million In Property Taxes

MADERA COUNTY — Tracy Kennedy, Madera County Treasurer-Tax Collector, reports that over $82 million in property tax payments were collected and posted from the Dec. 10 property tax deadline. “All payments were posted and balanced by Thursday, Dec. 17,” says Kennedy. “That’s amazing given that we had a new electronic posting system that we had to become familiar with, together ...

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North Fork Mono Casino Project Moves Forward

MADERA COUNTY – It has been more than a year since a California ballot referendum delayed the groundbreaking on the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians’ planned casino on Highway 99 just north of Madera. The project is once again moving forward after the State of California chose not to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that the State has failed ...

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Two Deputies Sworn In, Three Promotions At Sheriff’s Office

MADERA COUNTY — Sheriff Jay Varney is pleased to announce the promotion of three Sheriff’s Office employees and the swearing in of two new deputy sheriffs. Joseph Wilder was promoted to Sergeant. He has been with the Madera County Sheriff’s Office since April of 2004, and had also been an Explorer with the Sheriff’s Office from 1997 until 2004. Rainbow ...

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Chukchansi Casino To Reopen New Years Eve

COARSEGOLD — More than 14 months after a federal judge ordered the closing of the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino over public and employee safety concerns, the doors will be reopened and employees will return to work, according to District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler. Thursday, Dec. 31, at 10 a.m. has been announced as the first day of business at ...

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Santas With Badges Save Christmas For Kids

MADERA COUNTY — A family who was about to spend Christmas Eve with no gifts under the tree had their holiday wish list filled by two officers with big hearts. At about 8 o’clock on Christmas Eve morning, Madera Sheriff’s deputy Josh Cushing responded to a residence located on Pickford Drive for a call for service. Once at the location, ...

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Sheriff’s Deputies Commit Random Acts Of Kindness

MADERA COUNTY — If you got pulled over by a Sheriff’s deputy today, you may have gotten a boost of Christmas cheer, rather than a citation. That’s what happened to Melinda Kerby of North Fork, who was on her way to bible study, when she was stopped for a burned out license plate light. Instead of a ticket, she was ...

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Judge Lifts Closure Order On Chukchansi Casino

FRESNO – Federal judge Lawrence O’Neill today lifted the injunction that closed the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino over a year ago. After months of negotiations on a memorandum of understanding with Madera County, and a settlement agreement with the National Indian Gaming Commission announced yesterday, Judge O’Neill handed down his ruling today in U.S. District Court in Fresno, removing ...

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Chukchansi Enters Into Agreement With NIGC To Reopen Casino

MADERA COUNTY — The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) has entered into a settlement agreement with Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians that will help move them forward toward reopening their Coarsegold casino. In October, 2014, the NIGC Chairman issued a notice of violation and temporary closure order for all gaming activity at the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino because the ...

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