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Pilot Food Facility Grade Program Continues In Madera County

MADERA COUNTY – The Community and Economic Development Environmental Health Division is preparing to review the first round of public comments this spring for a voluntary trial rating program for food facilities in Madera County. Seven facilities are participating county-wide, including three foothill-area restaurants. In Oakhurst, South Gate Brewing Co. on Highway 49 and Pete’s Place on Highway 41 are ...

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New Attorney Joins D.A.’s Office

MADERA COUNTY – Newly hired Supervising Deputy District Attorney Angela Hill brings 15 years of experience as a prosecutor and private attorney to her new job in the Madera County District Attorney’s Office. Hill will supervise line level Deputy District Attorneys in all of the Madera County Superior Court departments. “Ms. Hills years of experience will significantly improve the functioning ...

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Judge Denies Motion For Contempt In Chukchansi Case

FRESNO – Federal District Court Judge Lawrence O’Neill today denied a motion for contempt filed by the Morris Reid Faction of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians against the Lewis/Ayala faction. In documents filed with the court, the Reid faction asked that the judge hold the Lewis/Ayala faction in contempt for issuing per capita payments to some tribal citizens, but ...

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Yosemite High Wins Again At Madera County Academic Decathlon

MADERA COUNTY – For the 22nd year in a row, Yosemite High School has won the Madera County Academic Decathlon. The competition for 2015 was held on Feb. 7 in Madera. The Academic Decathlon team from Yosemite High School will compete in the California Academic Decathlon State Finals on Mar. 20-22 in Sacramento. Yosemite High School scored 35,952.3 points out ...

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Success On Source-Kinsman Fuels Project Burn

Kinsman Flat burn 2015 - photo US Forest Service

NORTH FORK – A prescribed burn of over 60 acres near Kinsman Flats has been successfully completed, accomplishing the goals of reducing fuels near homes in the area, and improving habitat for wildlife. The Sierra National Forest, Bass Lake Ranger District, Fuels and Fire Management staff, ignited the burns on Thursday, Feb. 5 and Friday, Feb. 6, on the Source ...

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The Difference Between Life and Death

In two minutes you can ride an elevator to the top of the Empire State Building or make a pot of coffee. It’s also the amount of time it takes to get out of your house alive in a fire. Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once ...

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New CHP Commander Sets High Standards

MADERA COUNTY – The Oakhurst office of the California Highway Patrol has a new Commander. Lieutenant Jason Daughrity stepped into the job on Jan. 2 when Lt. Sandra Adams retired after serving in the post since 2003. Daughrity, 41, comes from a law enforcement family, and knew from a very early age that this was his calling. “I had a ...

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Madera County Gets New Look At State Capitol

Submitted by Kim Lawson OAKHURST – Madera County, also known as California’s Gateway to Yosemite, has a new look at the Capitol. At the heart of Sacramento, the California State Capitol Building, often referred to as the “People’s Building,” is home to both a museum and the state’s working seat of government. The Capitol serves as a Mecca for school ...

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2015 Academic Decathletes On Energy, Ingenuity And Innovation

MADERA COUNTY – The 33rd Annual Madera County Academic Decathlon competition begins on Friday, Jan. 30, when students from Madera County will compete in the interview and essay competitions at Madera County Office of Education. Yosemite High School has dominated the elite 10-event competition for more than two decades with Señor Steve Browning at the helm. The winner of Madera ...

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