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New $25M Oakhurst Campus Still ‘On Track’ to Open in 2022

OAKHURST — A small billboard just off Highway 49 is actually a sign of something huge about to happen on a quiet hillside just up the road. Call it a sign of the times — the single-most expensive public project in Oakhurst’s history — the new Oakhurst Community College Center campus — will soon start transforming a patch of prime ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log Through October 21

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MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Tuesday, Oct. 15, to Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. North Fork Illegal Dumping On Tuesday, October 15, at 8:20 a.m., a deputy was dispatched to the 57000 block of Road 225 in the County of Madera regarding a trash dump in private garbage bins. ...

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Bond Sale Still Stalling North Fork Biomass Project

NORTH FORK — Construction of a long-awaited biomass plant remains on hold as project proponents continue to grapple with financing issues related to PG&E’s bankruptcy. “We’re in no better or worse shape than we were several months ago,” said Greg Stangl, CEO of Phoenix Energy, one of the project’s developers along with the North Fork Community Development Council (CDC). The ...

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County: North Fork Roundabout to Open Before Thanksgiving

NORTH FORK — The future is coming to North Fork in a “round about” way. Construction of Madera County’s first public roundabout is on schedule and set to be finished later next month, according to Ahmad Alkhayyat, Madera County’s director of public works. “The currently expected completion date is prior to Thanksgiving, with the final traffic pattern going into effect ...

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Joint Investigation Started After Elections Officials Notice Registration Card Irregularities

MADERA — Madera County Registrar of Voters Rebecca Martinez and District Attorney Sally Moreno announced Friday (Oct. 18) that 12 felony counts have been filed against a Monterey County resident stemming from an alleged voter registration scheme during the 2018 Gubernatorial Election. “In July of 2018, my office received several registration cards that were distributed by April Atilano, EVP 2018,” ...

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Fatal Traffic Accident Briefly Closes Highway 41

COARSEGOLD — A fatal, solo-vehicle traffic accident briefly closed Highway 41 in both directions Friday afternoon. The accident occurred around 4 p.m. near Fast Tire south of Coarsegold. The accident, which involved a Ford Taurus, briefly shut down traffic in both directions on Highway 41 and led to longer delays for southbound motorists as the scene was cleared by CHP ...

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Madera County’s Sheriff’s Log Through October 14

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MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office reports taken locally from Tuesday, Oct. 8, to Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. Oakhurst: Vandalism On Tuesday, October 8, at 11:30 a.m., a deputy was dispatched to Oakhurst regarding vandalism. Report written and case closed. Oakhurst: Narcotics On Tuesday, October 8, at 12:27 p.m., a deputy was dispatched to ...

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Iconic Oakhurst Saloon Reopens as Snow Line Country Bar

OAKHURST –The Snow Line, one of the area’s most storied watering holes, has reopened. The tequila has been flowing since mid-September, says owner Jennifer McMillan, who purchased the iconic bar and grill property a year ago after it had been shuttered for a number of years. McMillan has rehabbed the Snow Line as an upscale country bar, complete with live ...

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O’Keefe Pleads Guilty in 2016 Homicide of Bonnie Hale

Rebecca Martinez and Sally Moreno announce today 12 felony counts of voter fraud.

MADERA — Mary O’Keefe has pled guilty in the 2016 murder of well-known North Fork resident Bonnie Hale. On Tuesday, Madera County District Attorney Sally Moreno confirmed the news while appearing before the Madera County Board of Supervisors. “The defendant pled to the homicide as well as a first-degree residential burglary and elder abuse on the victim, Bonnie Hale,” Moreno ...

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Chili Cook Off Spices Up Bandit Town

NORTH FORK — The North Fork Women’s Club held their annual chili cook off Saturday at Bandit Town — and the competition was hot and spicy. “We had 11 entrants this year in the chili competition. It’s one of our biggest cook offs ever,” said Vicki Young, whose been involved with the North Fork Women’s Club for more than a ...

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