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Third Chukchansi Gaming Commissioner Resigns

COARSEGOLD – As the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino tries to reopen their doors, problems continue between the Tribal Council and the Tribal Gaming Commission, as the last commissioner resigns. Last week, two of the three commissioners tendered their letters of resignation. Chairman Norman DesRosiers resigned on Sept. 14, followed three days later by Harlan Goodson. On Sept. 18, Lael ...

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Chukchansi Tribe Considers MOU, Gaming Commissioners Resign

MADERA COUNTY – The Madera County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday, Sept. 15, to approve a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the County and the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians. Agreement on, and adoption of an MOU is one of the steps required to get the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino reopened. On Aug. 26, Chief Operating ...

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Missing Hiker Found Deceased In Yosemite

YOSEMITE – The body of missing hiker Timothy Nolan was spotted by park visitors on the afternoon of Sept.16, in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park. Unfortunately, he was found deceased. Yosemite National Park Rangers had been searching extensively for him since he was reported overdue from his hike. The large scale search effort included utilizing ground teams, dog teams, ...

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Wildfire Smoke Threatens Public Health

MADERA COUNTY – Smoke from the Rough Fire is affecting air quality throughout the San Joaquin Valley and the foothills, prompting air officials to issue a health cautionary statement. Strong high pressure is causing stagnant dispersion conditions resulting in widespread smoke impacts across Fresno, Madera, Merced, Kings, Tulare, Stanislaus, San Joaquin and the valley portion of Kern counties. Air officials ...

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Madera County Medication Take-Back Event

MADERA COUNTY  – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is hosting another Medication Take-Back event scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 26. This service to the public is scheduled twice annually, once in the spring and once in the fall. Sheriff Varney wants to remind the public of the importance of proper disposal of medications that are no longer needed. “Many prescription and ...

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Madera County Fire Department Facing Major Challenges

BASS LAKE – Cal Fire Battalion Chief Troy Cheek wasn’t sugar-coating the situation when he told the crowd in Bass Lake last week that the Madera County Fire Department is at a serious crossroads. At a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Aug. 27, Cheek addressed the nation-wide problem of lack of volunteers to staff local fire departments, and laid out ...

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Hillview Water Meeting Thursday At YHS

OAKHURST – An informal public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3 at the Yosemite High School cafeteria, to discuss the proposed water rate increase by Hillview Water Company (HWC). The meeting will be moderated by Moises Chavez , a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) analyst who will be gathering public input and explaining the CPUC’s ...

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Have A Voice In How Federal Dollars Are Spent

CLOVIS – If you would like to have a say in how federal dollars are spent on lands in Madera and Fresno Counties, you may be interested in becoming a member of the committee that has input in those decisions. The Fresno County and Madera County Resource Advisory Committees (RAC) are seeking applications from interested citizens who would like to ...

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Chukchansi Casino Hiring, Set For Reopening

COARSEGOLD – Nearly a year after its closure following an armed incident that led to 15 arrests and a closure order from a federal court, Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino is expected to reopen in the next few weeks, according to new Chief Operating Officer Christian Goode. While no specific date has been announced for reopening, Goode says some employees ...

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