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Supervisors Consider Increase In Trash Fees

MADERA COUNTY — The Madera County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6, includes an agenda item that, if approved, will affect foothill residents and their pocketbooks when it comes to getting rid of trash. The Madera County Public Works Department / Municipal Services Division will ask Supervisors to consider a resolution to increase fees at Fairmead Landfill and the North ...

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Over $15 Million In Cal Fire Grants Aimed At Tree Mortality

SACRAMENTO – More than $15 million spread across 34 California counties will be used to remove dead and dying trees and thin fuels that could otherwise exacerbate wildfires, Cal Fire announced today. Agencies in Mariposa and Madera Counties are the recipients of more than $2 million from those grant disbursements, to be used for the removal of dead and dying ...

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Efforts Continue To Address Massive Tree Die-Off

SACRAMENTO – In response to the massive tree die off across California—which the U.S. Forest Service today estimated has killed over 102 million trees since 2010 — Cal Fire is continuing its work with federal, local, and utility partners to remove dead and dying trees that pose the greatest risk to public safety. “Although the epidemic tree mortality we are ...

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Witness Describes Night He Was Stabbed And Friend Was Killed

BASS LAKE — George Taylor-Windsor, 26, was in Bass Lake Superior Court today for his preliminary hearing on charges of murder and attempted murder in the Nov. 15 death of Jessica Nelson and the stabbing of Reid Kallenberg. Taylor-Windsor was arraigned on Nov. 17, and pleaded not guilty on all charges. Today in court, Kallenberg took the stand and said ...

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New Community Service Officer Joins Madera Sheriff’s Office

MADERA COUNTY — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office will soon be welcoming a new Community Service Officer (CSO) to the team. Kayla Serrato, 30, will step into her new assignment on Dec. 1, joining CSO Joann Evans who came on board in February 2002 and serves mainly Eastern Madera County. Serrato was born and raised in Merced, Calif., and is ...

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Madera Superior Court Returns To Bass Lake Full-Time

MADERA COUNTY – The return of full-time status at the Bass Lake Courthouse will be a welcome convenience to residents of Eastern Madera County. Effective Jan. 30, 2017, the Madera Superior Court, Bass Lake Division, will return to full-time status, holding court Monday through Thursday, according to District Attorney David Linn. Jury trials will once again be scheduled and heard ...

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Supervisors Approve Special Election For Public Safety Tax

MADERA COUNTY — The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today to hold a special election on Mar. 7, 2017, to put the proposed one-cent public safety tax before the voters of the unincorporated areas of Madera County. Revenues from the tax would be dedicated exclusively to funding the Madera County Fire Department and the Sheriff’s Office, split 80 percent to ...

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Madera County’s Newest Deputy Dog Wins Over The Crowd

NORTH FORK — Madera County’s newest K9 officer provided a demonstration last week for the group that helped to make his acquisition possible. On Wednesday, Nov. 9, members of the Friendship Circle at Grace Community Church in North Fork were honored with a special visit from Gastone, the 2-year-old Belgian Malinois whose purchase was made possible in part by the ...

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Downed Power Lines Close Highway 168 Near Prather

AUBERRY — Highway 168 near Prather has been closed in both directions for an estimated eight hours after a reported vehicle accident knocked power lines down across both lanes, according to CHP reports. The exact location is reported as near the Intermountain Nursery, and traffic is being diverted onto a detour route. Anyone traveling through the area should be prepared ...

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Assistant D.A. Angela Hill Receives Patriot Award

MADERA – Madera County Assistant District Attorney, Angela J. Hill, will be awarded the Patriot Award today at noon, from the United States Department of Defense, Office of Employers in Support of the Guard and Reserve. The Patriot Award is a selective award given to supervisors who show extraordinary support of employees participating in reserve service. The award will be ...

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