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Mono Tribe To Pay Chukchansi To Mitigate Impact

MADERA COUNTY – The North Fork Mono Rancheria hopes to break ground on their new casino early next year. The 305-acre project is located adjacent to Highway 99, between Avenue 17 and 18, just north of Madera. Charles Banks-Altekruse, owner of CA Consulting, and Communications Team member for the North Fork Mono Rancheria, addressed a Town Hall meeting in Oakhurst ...

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Richard Farias Convicted Of Gross Vehicular Manslaughter

MADERA – Richard Farias, 57, of Madera, was convicted on two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter on Tuesday, Nov. 20, by a Superior Court jury. The jury also found Farias guilty of two additional felony counts of causing great bodily injury to another person while driving under the influence, and Farias’s prior conviction for driving under the influence and injuring ...

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Accident North Of 22-Mile House

An accident on Highway 41 on Friday, Nov. 16, at about 6:30 a.m., resulted in one vehicle being towed, and no injuries, according the the CHP. One vehicle was slowing to turn onto Road 8063, when it was struck from behind by another vehicle. Traffic was reduced to one lane while the accident was cleared.

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My Rural Fire Fee Petition Was Denied – Now What?

CALIFORNIA -The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) is reassuring those who have received notification that their Petition for Redetminiation has been denied, in regards to Assembly Bill 29, which has come to be known as the Rural Fire Fee. “Our lawsuit anticipates that everyone’s petition will be denied,” says the HJTA in an email to subscribers, sent out on Nov. ...

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CHP Mobilizes To Reduce Deadly Trend

SACRAMENTO – Motorcycles are fun and fast and easy on gas, but the number of motorcycle collisions resulting in death has increased in California recently, prompting authorities to address the problem with a year-long, lifesaving effort paid for by a federal grant. “Motorcycle awareness is a priority for the California Highway Patrol and a key to saving lives on the ...

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Will Madera County Privatize Water Districts?

By Guest Columnist Marc Sobel – Privatization – Change of Direction The Board of Supervisors were poised to privatize the Special Water Districts. At least that was the impression that was left after the Sept. 24 meeting. A special committee held its first meeting on Nov. 7, where about 80 people attended. After a staff presentation which posed a wide ...

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It's Okay To Burn But You Need A Permit

CAL FIRE transitions into winter preparedness, burning now allowed in Madera County – Cooler weather and recent rains have prompted the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) to transition into winter staffing levels as of Monday, Nov. 19, at 8:00 a.m. Unit Chief Nancy Koerperich says the transition to winter preparedness allows CAL FIRE ...

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Sheriff's New Service Offers Dignity To Seniors

MADERA COUNTY — With so many elderly people living alone these days, being able to check on their safety and welfare has become a concern for friends and relatives, and for the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. To address this growing concern, Sheriff John Anderson has launched a new program called “Elder Orphans.”

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