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Senior Center Welcomes Trick Or Treaters

OAKHURST – The early area-forecast for Halloween on Friday, Oct. 31 is looking like rain, so that may have parents of littler kids scrambling to find the perfect way to get their trick or treat on without getting soaked. Fortunately, for the second year in a row, the Sierra Senior Center will be open in Oakhurst to welcome young costumed ...

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D.A. Lawsuits Did Not Cost Taxpayers Any Money

This is in response to Supervisor Tom Wheeler’s recent letter to the editor. Unfortunately, there continues to be misinformation and inaccurate reporting in the media, which has distorted the truth about lawsuits filed against me and the County of Madera. To begin with, no fault or liability was ever found as a result of the lawsuits. As has been the ...

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Linn Doesn't Know How To Prosecute A Case

Running the office of district attorney of any county is not stting in a court room presenting evidence to get a convitction. The hard part is putting a team together to do that job at the higest level. That type of leadership and guidence comes from years of successes and oh yes failures. This job includes contacts with the Board ...

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Winners Of Student Art & Poetry Contest

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Conservancy and The Ansel Adams Gallery once again sponsored a Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest in September. The park received a record 230 submissions from local community schools. Artwork was divided into categories and winning pieces were selected by park staff and park partners. The result is a terrific show that’s open ...

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State Decathletes Meet In Madera

MADERA COUNTY – Academic Decathletes from throughout California will attend Madera County Office of Education’s Academic Decathlon Lecture Day on Thursday, Oct. 23. Valley experts will lecture on six subject areas to more than 450 students from throughout the state.

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Clarification Of Misconception On Sheriff's Candidates

A recent letter, regarding the two candidates for Madera County Sheriff, Chief Jay Varney and Undersheriff Michael Salvador, warrants some clarification. The letter states: “Mr. Varney lacks the experience needed in managing a large department.” While serving as Chief of Police of the City of Chowchilla, Chief Varney also served as Acting City Administrator for approximately 2 years and recently ...

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Chukchansi Employees Scheduled To Reclaim Belongings

COARSEGOLD – Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino employees have been advised they can pick up personal belongings left behind when the Casino abruptly shut down on Oct. 9, following an armed conflict between rival factions of the tribe. A notice appeared on the Casino’s social media today, captioned, “Attention Chukchansi Gold Team Members.” Employees were notified that they can pick ...

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Defective Air Bags Require Immediate Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, and General Motors vehicles to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata-manufactured airbags. One death in California has been linked to defective air bags, according to an attorney for the man who died in September, 2013.

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The Devastation Of The Harlow Fire

OAKHURST – The Oakhurst Library will be hosting a presentation about the infamous Harlow Fire on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The most disastrous fire to strike the Madera and Mariposa Counties, the Harlow Fire of July, 1961, burned over 43,000 acres and destroyed the towns of Ahwahnee and Nipinnawasee. It was the fastest burning fire in ...

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Library Talk Shines Spotlight On Grand Jury

OAKHURST – Everything you always wanted to know about Grand Juries will be revealed on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Oakhurst Branch Library in the common room. Organizers plan to host local judges, the current District Attorney for Madera County, and other experts, for a presentation entitled, “What is the Grand Jury?”

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