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Sundance Fire Suspects Under House Arrest Pending Trial

MADERA COUNTY – The two Coarsegold teens charged with starting the Sundance Fire, that burned 13 acres along Road 420 on Sept. 13, appeared in court on Wednesday for a detention hearing. Both boys, ages 13 and 14, were ordered to be placed under strict house arrest with electronic monitoring, are only allowed to go to and from school under ...

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North Fork Mountain Lion Euthanized

NORTH FORK – A mountain lion that has repeatedly preyed on local livestock since last spring was euthanized overnight in the vicinity of Wyle Ranch Road near North Fork, according to Federal trapper Randy Partch. The lion’s remains have been transported to Fresno where authorities with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will perform tests including a necropsy. ...

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More Setbacks For Chukchansi Casino’s Reopening

MADERA COUNTY – With newly-hired employees furloughed, and the resignations in recent days of all three members of the Picayune Tribal Gaming Commission, the prospects for reopening the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino any time soon are looking bleak. The Tribe is now facing not only a lack of confidence from the National Indian Gaming Commission (NGIC), but also what ...

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Mountain Area Minors Arrested For Arson

MADERA – Two mountain area juveniles have been arrested by Cal Fire Battalion Chief Bernie Quinn, and are now booked in Madera County Juvenile Detention Facility. The pair are suspected of starting the Sundance Fire near Oakhurst that closed Road 420 and prompted the evacuation of dozens of residents on the afternoon of Sept.13. The District Attorney’s Office will file a ...

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Sheriff’s Crime Log Week of September 14

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally during the week of Monday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. Oakhurst theft from vehicle On Monday, Sept. 14 at 11:26 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to the Oakhurst sub-station regarding a theft of items from an unlocked vehicle. Report taken. Case to ...

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Third Chukchansi Gaming Commissioner Resigns

COARSEGOLD – As the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino tries to reopen their doors, problems continue between the Tribal Council and the Tribal Gaming Commission, as the last commissioner resigns. Last week, two of the three commissioners tendered their letters of resignation. Chairman Norman DesRosiers resigned on Sept. 14, followed three days later by Harlan Goodson. On Sept. 18, Lael ...

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Chukchansi Tribe Considers MOU, Gaming Commissioners Resign

MADERA COUNTY – The Madera County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday, Sept. 15, to approve a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the County and the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians. Agreement on, and adoption of an MOU is one of the steps required to get the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino reopened. On Aug. 26, Chief Operating ...

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CHP Offers Free Check Of Your Child Safety Seat

OAKHURST – Did you know that, according to CHP, critical misuse of child safety seats happens about 73 percent of the time? In honor of National Child Passenger Safety Week, the Oakhurst Area CHP is holding a Car Seat Check Up Event following the conclusion of the Heritage Days Parade on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. ...

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Poker Run For Children’s Museum Of The Sierra

Submitted by Paul Hill COARSEGOLD – The Coarsegold-based motorcycle club Sierra Shadow Casters (SSC) is hosting the Sierra Wind Poker Run on Saturday, Sept. 19, in support of the popular Children’s Museum of the Sierra in Oakhurst. Anyone who rides a street-legal motorcycle is invited to join in the fun for this worthy cause. A poker run is when a ...

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Sheriff’s Crime Log Week of September 7

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally during the week of Monday, Sept. 7 through Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. North Fork assault On Monday, Sept. 7 at 2:26 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to the area of Road 222 and Old Central Camp Road regarding a possible vehicle accident and physical ...

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