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Madera County Seeking Applicants for 2019-2020 Grand Jury

MADERA – Interested in investigating complaints of misappropriation and malfeasance around Madera County? If so, the deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 grand jury is April 22. California’s Constitution requires every county in the state maintain a grand jury to “investigate citizen-generated complaints or concerns.” To be eligible, a person must be 18, a U.S. citizen and a Madera County ...

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Developer Withdraws Sky Ranch Road RV Park Proposal

OAKHURST – A controversial proposal to build a large RV and camping park off Sky Ranch Road has been withdrawn just days before the plan was set to be voted on by the board of supervisors. County officials confirmed late Friday the developer on the project pulled the current proposal, which included a request for a General Plan Amendment that ...

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YLP Arsonists Back In Court For Resentencing

MADERA – The case of Kenneth Jackson, 46, who was sentenced to 30 years and 8 months in prison on Aug. 8, 2014, for 21 counts of arson, was back before a judge this morning for resentencing after the Fifth District Court of Appeal reversed 8 of the convictions due to “insufficient evidence.” Jackson was arrested along with his wife ...

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Highway 140 Reopens Between Mariposa And Yosemite

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) reopened State Route 140 through the Ferguson Fire burn scar at approximately 9 p.m. last night. The road was preemptively closed due to an incoming storm at approximately 6 p.m. on Wednesday and remained closed for three hours for public safety as heavy rains moved through. This closure stretched for approximately ...

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Highway 140 Set To Close Through Ferguson Fire Burn Area

MARIPOSA COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is planning a preemptive closure of State Route 140 in and near the Ferguson Fire burn scar beginning at approximately 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 27. Caltrans says the closure is due to an ongoing storm that could impact the roadway, and the closure is scheduled for the sake of public ...

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It’s Rattlesnake Season; Here’s What You Need To Know

CALIFORNIA — As the warm weather returns, humans are not the only species coming out to enjoy the sun. Snakes, too, can be found basking in the sun’s rays. As KMPH reported on Friday, a 17-year-old girl remained at Valley Children’s Hospital after being bitten on the foot by a rattlesnake while hiking at Millerton Lake on Monday. Although most ...

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County Hatches Plan to Combat Pigeon Problem

MADERA – Madera County has a pigeon problem. Hundreds of the birds have taken up residence in and around the downtown Government Center and its open-air parking structure. The large pigeon population creates a health hazard as their droppings can spread disease. The bird feces can also cause damage to the buildings, and the materials used to build their nests ...

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Madera County Donates Land For New EMC SPCA Shelter

AHWAHNEE – Madera County is giving 75 acres in Awhawnee to the Eastern Madera County SPCA to help the organization complete its new, no-kill animal shelter. On Tuesday, the board of supervisors OK’d the donation of 75.33 acres of “surplus” county land to EMC SPCA. The organization’s president said the donation will allow the nonprofit to secure additional funding for ...

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Road 800 Repairs Finished Ahead Of Schedule And Under Budget

RAYMOND – Repair work on Road 800 north of Raymond was completed late Monday and the road has reopened, according to Madera County Public Works Director Ahmad Alkhayyat. The sparsely traveled county road was completely washed out in several places during an early February storm, including one 15- by 20-foot chasm where several large culverts were ripped out. Alkhayyat said ...

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One-Way Traffic Control On Highway 140 To Yosemite

MARIPOSA COUNTY — If you’re headed toward the park, take note that Caltrans has announced intermittent one-way traffic control on eastbound and westbound Highway 140 from Slate Gulch near Midpines to Yosemite National Park. The crews will be out on the road for slope repair and clearing. Work will occur as follows: One-way traffic control will take place during work ...

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