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Supervisors OK $708K ‘Build Out’ at Government Center

CHOWCHILLA — At their Aug. 6 ‘On the Road’ board meeting, held Tuesday evening at Fairmead Elementary in Chowchilla, Madera County supervisors approved a $708,600 plan to “build out” about 3,600 square feet of unfinished space on the third floor of the Madera County Government Center. The so-called “tenant improvements” will result in the creation of new office space for ...

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Red Cross Issues Heat Safety Tips As Temperatures Climb

FRESNO — It’s hot out there and the soaring temperatures can be dangerous. The American Red Cross has steps people can follow to help stay safe when it’s hot outside. NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS IN YOUR VEHICLE The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees. Other heat safety steps include: • Stay hydrated, drink plenty of ...

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Mountain Area Homeowners Battling Sky-High Insurance Rates

MOUNTAIN AREA — Even local insurance agents are calling it a “crisis” — the sky high price tag attached these days to homeowners insurance in large parts of eastern Madera County. Many area residents have recently been notified their homeowners insurance is going up — for some, by as much as 450 to 500 percent. And lately, according to local ...

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Power Outage Knocks Out Electricity To Thousands In Eastern Madera County

MOUNTAIN AREAS — Two separate power outages knocked out electricity to more than 16,000 PG&E customers in eastern Madera County on Tuesday afternoon. The dual shutdowns happened just before 2 p.m. and reportedly impacted utility customers in the Coarsegold, Ahwahnee, Oakhurst and Wawona areas. Shortly after 3 p.m., PG&E confirmed that power had been restored to 14,000 customers in the ...

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Post-Ferguson Fire Construction On Highway 140 Complete

MARIPOSA COUNTY — Caltrans recently completed a $5.4 million project rehabilitating eastbound and westbound Highway 140 (SR-140) in the area of the Ferguson Fire scar. Caltrans says the work was needed after the Ferguson Fire burned through the region during the summer of 2018. The project included replacing 17 culverts (underwater drainage systems) and performing 12 miles worth of hazardous ...

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MCSO Honors Search & Rescue Volunteer George Stillman

MADERA COUNTY — A local hero was recognized by the Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) as George Stillman retired from Madera County Search and Rescue last week after 18 years of volunteer service. “Affectionately known as ‘SAR George’ by other team members, he has served in a variety of capacities throughout the years,” said MCSO in a public statement. “He ...

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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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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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