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Supervisors Cancel Next Week’s Meeting; Table TOT-Hike Discussion

MADERA — Madera County’s Board of Supervisors held their regular meeting Tuesday — but the rapidly evolving coronavirus pandemic made the session anything but usual. The public portion of Tuesday’s meeting was somewhat abbreviated and relatively somber in tone given the nature of the COVID-19 crisis. The first decision supervisors approved was a motion to cancel next week’s regular meeting ...

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Lee Murder Suspect Ruled Competent to Stand Trial

MADERA — The North Fork man charged with murder in the July 2019 shooting death of prominent Mono tribal elder Gaylen Lee has been found competent to stand trial. Criminal proceedings were temporarily suspended earlier this year (Jan. 17) for Robert Eugene Moye, 47, after his court-appointed attorney questioned his client’s mental health. “At this point, I have concerns about ...

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County Responds to Report of Misconduct at Social Services

MADERA — Madera County officials have issued a statement regarding a report that surfaced earlier this week that a former Department of Social Services employee intentionally discarded more than 350 reports of potential child abuse taken in 2019. In a number of those cases, a follow up investigation was mandated by law given the alleged severity of the reported sexual ...

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Supervisors Postpone Debate of Ballot Measure to Hike TOT

MADERA — At their regular meeting today (March 10), the Madera County Board of Supervisors postponed a discussion about a potential ballot measure to hike the County’s Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) rate. Supervisors have been considering asking voters to approve the TOT hike as a means to fund stepped up wildfire prevention efforts within eastern Madera County. But at Tuesday’s ...

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New Cell Tower, Better Phone Service Coming to Oakhurst?

MADERA — The Madera County Planning Commission is set to review a request tomorrow (March 3) from a local company that wants to construct a new, 149-foot-tall “monopole” cell tower in Oakhurst. In their application to the County, the project proponent says the new tower would dramatically improve cell phone service in Oakhurst and surrounding areas. “The proposed installation of ...

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Update: Supervisors Debate Ballot Measure to Hike TOT

MADERA — Madera County supervisors continue to consider asking voters in November to OK raising Madera County’s Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) rate by at least 2 percent. At their regularly scheduled board meeting last week, supervisors planned to debate hiring a pollster to gauge county residents’ appetite for an increase in the TOT rate from its current 11 percent  — ...

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PG&E Donating Manzanita Lake Land for New County Recreation Area

NORTH FORK — Madera County will officially take ownership next week of a 140-acre parcel just north of Manzanita Lake. The densely thicketed forestland is being donated to the county by PG&E as part of a more-than-decade-old settlement tied to the utility’s 2004 bankruptcy filing. Madera County officials say they are grateful for the gift and now plan to develop ...

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$15M Biomass Project Shifts into High Gear in North Fork

NORTH FORK — Project proponents say plans are quickly moving forward and construction of North Fork’s long-anticipated, new 2-megawatt biomass plant should get underway “sometime this spring.” Project coordinator Greg Stangl, CEO of Phoenix Energy, confirmed this week his team is having meetings with “all the major vendors” in the next few weeks. “At the end of next week, I’ll ...

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New Club Wants to Help Axe Rare Disease, Save Local Boy

OAKHURST — Yosemite Axe Throwing and the Hamilton family are hosting a fundraiser on Feb. 9 to help save the life of seven-year-old Kalel Hamilton. Kalel, who lives in Ahwahnee, suffers from a terminal muscle wasting disease known as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. His father Rick’s marathon-running efforts to help raise funding for Duchenne MD research was featured in a recent ...

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Caltrans OKs Changes to Improve Traffic Flow in Hwy 41 Cone Zone

OAKHURST — After getting dozens of complaints last week about traffic problems on Highway 41 following the start of a months-long project to replace more than a mile of the town’s main sewer line, District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler and members of the County’s public works department met with officials from Caltrans and the project contractor to make some late ...

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