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Hillview Water Completes Major Upgrades, Customers Balk At Rate Increase

OAKHURST – Hillview Water has just completed major upgrades to its water system — but some of the company’s customers are having a hard time swallowing a new 10.2 percent rate hike just floated by the Oakhurst-based utility. The company’s recent upgrades — along with the proposed surcharge — were outlined in a letter sent to customers last week. The ...

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Sheriff Says ‘Dispute’ At Chukchansi Tribal Offices Was A Civil Matter

COARSEGOLD – While residents on Road 417 may have been concerned about today’s presence of law enforcement near the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino, the Madera County Sheriffs Office (MCSO) says the response was simply to assist with a civil matter involving a trespass. Deputies responded earlier today to reports of a dispute at the former tribal council offices for ...

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New $25M Oakhurst Community College ‘On Schedule,’ Could Open In 2022

OAKHURST – The new $25M Oakhurst Community College Center is quickly taking shape. Late Friday, college officials released an updated project timeline that could have students in classrooms as early as fall of 2022. According to Darin Soukup, director at the Oakhurst Community College Center, construction is now slated to start late next year — and be completed in the ...

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Storms Delay Emergency Repairs Of Road 800, Elderly Residents Cut Off

RAYMOND – Emergency repair work on Road 800 north of Raymond has been halted by the latest series of storms battering the area, creating increasing problems for both anxious area residents and county officials. Work crews had to be pulled from the reconstruction sites yesterday because of the ongoing heavy rains in the area. “We’ll get the work going back ...

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Sky Ranch Residents Step Up Opposition To Planned RV Park, Circulating Petition

OAKHURST – A plan to build an RV and camping park along Road 632 in Oakhurst could pose “life threatening impacts” to area residents, according to a new petition being circulated this week by people living in the Sky Ranch Road neighborhood. The petition drive comes after a Feb. 12 meeting in Oakhurst where Madera County Planning Commissioners OK’d plans ...

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