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Relay For Life Gears Up For 2014

OAKHURST – Wanted! Team Captains, committee members, sponsors and survivors for Relay For Life 2014, scheduled for May 17-18. This year’s event will be held at Yosemite High School. The first Team Captain meeting of the new year will be Monday, Jan. 13, at 5:30 p.m. at Oakhurst Medical Group. Immediately following that meeting, at 6:30 p.m., there will be ...

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Jury Selection In Arson Trial A Lengthy Process

MADERA COUNTY – Finding a panel of 20 citizens who are able to commit to a trial anticipated to last anywhere from three to six months is no easy task. Kenneth Jackson, 40, and Allison Waterman, 47, have been in custody awaiting trial in connection with a series of suspected arson fires in the Coarsegold area since late June, 2013.

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Flu Is On The Rise In California

MADERA COUNTY – Influenza activity is increasing in California, including Madera County, according to the Madera County Public Health Department. Many areas are reporting patients who are critically ill with influenza, including healthy young adults. The primary strain of influenza circulating so far is the H1N1 strain, which emerged during the 2009 pandemic. This strain causes more illness in children ...

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Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park – What's Next?

Submitted by Brittany Dyer AHWAHNEE – Residents of Eastern Madera County have been anxiously awaiting the opening of what is sure to be a favorite destination for hikers, bikers, horseback riders and families looking for the perfect place to picnic and recreate. Now, the opening of the Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park is just around the corner. Just how much time, ...

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Did You Overpay Your Property Taxes?

MADERA – Staff has been busy at the Madera County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office processing property tax payments, including a surprising number of over-payments by many taxpayers. “We collected over $79 million, consisting mostly of first installments and some second installments of property taxes,” reports Madera County Treasurer-Tax Collector Tracy Kennedy Desmond.

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Shop Local Inspires Mountain Bucks

OAKHURST – There’s a new currency in town, expected to become a valuable asset to consumers and local vendors alike. Mountain Bucks Gift Certificates are easy-to-use and designed to keep shopping dollars in Eastern Madera County. Anyone can purchase Mountain Bucks gift certificates, available from the Oakhurst Area Chamber Office with payment in cash or by check. The certificates can ...

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The History Mystery #13

This month’s History Mystery features this barn. We obtained this picture of a barn located somewhere in Madera County while working on a Historical Preservation project with the Madera County Library. We are looking for the location of the barn, the name of the ranch where it was located, who built it, is it still standing or any other information ...

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Work Begins On Road 425B Bridge

OAKHURST – Construction crews are starting phase one of the project to replace and widen the bridge at Road 425B and Road 426. The $1.4 million project will be completed in two phases to allow traffic to continue to access Road 425B at this location during construction.

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Hazard Burning Allowed, Permit Required

MARIPOSA – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) has announced that effective Friday Dec. 6, hazard reduction burning in Eastern Madera County will be allowed with a valid San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District permit. The following guidelines are required when conducting a hazard reduction burn:

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Madera County Supervisors Forgo Salary Increase

MADERA – In light of the sacrifices made by Madera County employees during difficult fiscal times, the Board of Supervisors has elected to forgo an automatic 1.4 percent salary increase. The automatic increase stems from County policy that ties the Supervisors’ salaries to those of state Superior Court Judges. Last month, the Judicial Council of California announced that judges would ...

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