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Chawanakee Unified Breaks Ground On New TK-8 School

MADERA COUNTY, CA – More than 100 educators, school leaders, students, business and community leaders celebrated the official groundbreaking on Thursday, Feb. 1, of Hillside School, Chawanakee Unified’s newest school, planned to open in the 2018-19 school year to serve students in transitional kindergarten through 8th grade. “We are thrilled to welcome Hillside School to our Chawanakee Unified family,” says ...

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Hornick Challenges His Boss For Madera Co. District Attorney

MADERA COUNTY — The race for Madera County District Attorney heats up as a third candidate announces his intentions to run in the June 5th primary election. Paul J. Hornick, Senior Deputy District Attorney, says the D.A.’s office continues to struggle with leadership and leadership-related issues under incumbent David Linn. “As a veteran and former Platoon Leader, it was no ...

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District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler Elected LAFCO Chairman

MADERA COUNTY — Last night, at a monthly Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), Supervisor Tom Wheeler, a longtime serving board member, was entrusted by his peers with a 4-0 vote (one absent) to serve as the 2018 Chair. LAFCO is an autonomous agency that is responsible for coordinating logical and timely changes in local government boundaries and to implement the ...

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Supervisors Support Widening Of Highway 99 To Six Lanes

Madera — During their regular board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 23, the Madera County Board of Supervisors approved a letter in support of the Madera County Transportation Commission (MCTC) Trade Corridor Enhancement Program Grant Application request for funding for the construction phase widening State Route 99 from four lanes to six lanes from Avenue 12 to Avenue 17 in the ...

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Cal Fire Lifts Burn Permit Requirement For Mariposa County

MARIPOSA — Cal Fire Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) has announced that the burn permit requirement in Mariposa County has been lifted as of Monday, Jan. 22, at 8 a.m. Open burning will be allowed on “Permissive Burn Days” as established by Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District, without a Cal Fire burn permit. Permits are still required in Madera County. MMU would ...

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Cal Fire Provides Funding For More Hazard Tree Projects

SACRAMENTO – Residents of the Central Sierra will soon see more crews on county roadways as new funding from Cal Fire helps with the removal of hazard trees. Six million dollars have been awarded in a one-time grant to aid high-priority counties impacted by California’s historic tree mortality. Cal Fire’s Local Assistance for Tree Mortality (LATM) Grant Program will provide ...

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County Recommendations For Yosemite Unified School District

OAKHURST — In a recent letter to the president of the Yosemite Unified School District Board of Trustees, the Madera County Superintendent of Schools (MCSOS) changed the certification of the district’s First Interim report for the current fiscal year to negative, assigned a fiscal adviser, and outlined requirements the district must follow in a timely manner, in order to recover from ...

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Bobby Kahn Named SCCCD Board President

MADERA — Bobby Kahn has been elected board president of the State Center Community College District (SCCCD). Kahn was voted in at the board’s December meeting. Deborah Ikeda was elected vice president and Richard Caglia was elected secretary. SCCCD is governed by a board of seven trustees. The executive committee is joined by trustees Miguel Arias, John Leal, Ronald H. ...

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Madera County Collects Over $86 Million In Property Taxes

MADERA COUNTY — Madera County Treasurer-Tax Collector Tracy Kennedy reports that over $86 million in property tax payments were collected and posted following the Dec. 10 property tax deadline. All payments were posted and balanced by Friday, Dec. 15. “That’s amazing,” says Kennedy, “given that we had an extra day for taxpayers to make their payments on Monday, December 11; to ...

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Supervisors Reorganize For 2018, Commemorate 125th Anniversary

MADERA – The Madera County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today to appoint District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler to serve as the 2018 Chairman of the Board. District 1 Supervisor Brett Frazier will serve as pro tem. The first board meeting of the year is typically a reorganization meeting, with annual formalities on the agenda. Tuesday’s meeting was no different, ...

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