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Cal Fire Suspends Campfires & Outdoor Smoking On SRA

MARIPOSA – Due to the “extreme menace of wildfire and its potential to destroy life, property and natural resources,” Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) Chief Nancy Koerperich has suspended certain activities within the State Responsibility Area (SRA), including campfires and outdoor smoking. Due to current and predicted fire weather, the lack of precipitation, the dryness of vegetation, and the increased fire activity, ...

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PG&E Offers Debris Removal At Epicenter Of Tree Mortality Crisis

SAN FRANCISCO — As woody debris piles up from dead trees killed by drought and bark beetle infestation, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has launched an expanded debris management program to support its customers in 10 counties severely impacted by California’s growing tree mortality emergency. PG&E is offering the expanded debris removal program to customers in Kern, Tulare, Fresno, Madera, ...

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Mono Tribe Clears Final Hurdle To Conduct Class III Gaming

NORTH FORK – The Tribal Council of the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians announced today that Acting Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Lawrence Roberts has “issued Secretarial Procedures,” meaning that effective today, July 29, the Tribe can conduct Class III Gaming on their trust land located in the County of Madera. Though they are not ready ...

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North Fork Biomass Plant Begins Accepting Logs

NORTH FORK — The North Fork Biomass Disposal Facility has now begun accepting hazard log biomass to help address the tree mortality issues in Madera County. On Friday, July 22, the Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation and Development Council (Y/S RC&D Council) initiated the soft open of the facility at the North Fork Mill Site, which will store and process hazardous logs ...

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Search & Rescue Graduates 29 New Team Members

MADERA COUNTY — After months of rigorous training, both in the field and in the classroom, 29 new volunteers have graduated from the Madera County Search & Rescue Academy, and joined the ranks of those ready to respond. During a swearing-in ceremony at the main Sheriff’s Office in Madera on Friday, 24 graduates raised their right hand to take the ...

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County Planning Commissioners Approve Austin Quarry

MADERA COUNTY — It was standing room only as supporters and opponents of Vulcan Materials’ proposed Austin Quarry packed the Board of Supervisors chamber and the overflow areas last night ahead of the Planning Commission’s vote on the project. When the 6 p.m. meeting finally adjourned well after midnight, the Commission voted 3-2 to approve the 671-acre project, planned for ...

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Things You Need To Know About Tree Removal

CALIFORNIA —  Removing dead and dying trees has become part of every property owner’s reality, and there are important things you need to know before proceeding with any tree removal project. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) has issued these guidelines and answers questions about what you need to know before you remove — or hire ...

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Robert Brosi, DDS, Honored With Crystal Tower Award

MADERA COUNTY — Robert Brosi, D.D.S. will receive the Crystal Tower Award for his exemplary partnership with schools in Madera County at the 13th Annual Business and Education Shareholders’ Luncheon on Tuesday, Aug. 30. Also being honored with the Crystal Tower Award is Madera Agricultural Services. Robert Brosi, D.D.S. was nominated for the Crystal Tower Award by Jeanne Ratchford, secretary at Yosemite ...

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County Conducts Online Auction For Unsold Parcels

MADERA COUNTY – The Madera County Treasurer-Tax Collector office will conduct an online tax sale, reoffering unsold parcels from the previous online tax sale conducted on May 23. The online tax sale reoffer will be held July 30 to Aug. 2, at www.bid4assets.com. This is an opportunity for any bidders who may have been interested in a parcel previously to ...

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Applications Available To Run For School Board

MADERA COUNTY — While the eyes of the country may be focused on Washington D.C., note that important local elections will take place during the presidential general elections, held on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Among them, a total of five school board trustees in two Madera County districts will be up for re-election, and now is the time for any ...

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