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DA Will Oppose YLP Arsonist’s Latest Bid For Early Parole

MADERA — After serving less than seven years of a 20-year sentence, convicted arsonist Kenneth Jackson is once again being considered for early parole — and the Madera County District Attorney is going on the record with her opposition to Jackson’s release and asking Madera County residents to voice their opinions, as well. Jackson was arrested along with his wife Alice ...

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County Code Enforcement Officers On Lookout For ‘Bad Neighbors’

MADERA — What can a mountain area property owner do when a neighbor’s grass grows head high or a rusty old junker has been parked out front since the 1990s? Call the Madera County code enforcement department — or better yet, file a complaint online. Madera County receives hundreds of citizen-generated complaints a year, according to Joe Trujillo, the County’s ...

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Settlement Reached In Yosemite Historic Name Change Lawsuit

WASHINGTON — DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. (Delaware North), the United States of America, and Yosemite Hospitality, LLC (Aramark) have settled the lawsuit filed by Delaware North related to Delaware North’s former concession contract at Yosemite with the National Park Service (NPS), according to the NPS. The settlement, announced by the NPS on Monday, July 15, involves the ...

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Supervisors Expected To OK $730K in Improvements to Government Center

UPDATED: At the July 16 meeting, this project was pulled from the board of supervisors’ agenda to allow county officials to make some slight changes in project funding details. Madera County Deputy CAO Joel Bugey said Tuesday, July 16, that he expects the project to be back up for supervisor approval in early August. MADERA — The second and third ...

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Yosemite Drug Sets Opening Date In Coarsegold’s Historic Village

COARSEGOLD — Coarsegold is about to have its own local drugstore again. Yosemite Drug, a new, family-run pharmacy will open next month in the Coarsegold Historic Village across from Wild Fig Kitchen, according to the owners of the new business. “We’re going to do a soft open on Monday, August fifth and will hold our official grand opening on August ...

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County ‘Officially’ Opens New Tesoro Viejo Fire Station

MADERA — The county’s newest fire station had its formal grand opening celebration Thursday, July 11. But Madera County Station #7 — already nicknamed “Lucky 7” — officially went online last fall. Located at 4150 Town Center Blvd., just off Highway 41 and Tesoro Viejo Blvd. via the development’s roundabout, it’s the first new fire station to be built in ...

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Moye Formally Charged in Lee Homicide, Bail Set At $3.75 Million

MADERA — A 46-year-old North Fork man was formally arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Madera County Superior Court, charged with the Saturday night murder of Gaylen D. Lee, a widely respected Elder in the Mono Indian tribe. Lee, 70, died July 6 after being shot at his home just off Cascadel Drive (Road 233) in North Fork. Robert Eugene Moye, Jr., ...

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O’Keefe Murder Trial Now Set For August 12

MADERA — A formal trial date has finally been scheduled for Mary O’Keefe, accused of murder in the 2016 death of North Fork resident Bonnie Hale. On Tuesday, Madera County Superior Court Judge Dale Blea set O’Keefe’s trial for August 12. At this morning’s proceedings in Department 22, Judge Blea also received a brief update on the long-running case from ...

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Hodges Wins Top Logger Title At Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree

NORTH FORK — The 60th annual Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree turned the ‘Exact Center of California’ into a timber sports mecca over the post-July 4 holiday weekend as about 100 participants and more than 3,000 spectators converged on the North Fork Recreation Center Saturday and Sunday. During the two-day competition, a total of $10,000 in prize money was awarded as both ...

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