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Tribe Seeking $1.2M Grant to Expand Rancheria Fire Station

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NORTH FORK — The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians is applying for a $1.2 million federal grant to construct a 4,050-square-foot emergency services building adjacent to the North Fork Fire Station #11. The new facility, which could be operational by 2022, would provide living barracks for the fire station — and dedicated space for personnel from the Madera County ...

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Mental Evaluation Ordered for North Fork Murder Suspect

MADERA — Criminal proceedings were temporarily suspended late last week (Jan. 17) in the case of the North Fork man accused of murder in the July 2019 death of prominent Mono tribal elder Gaylen Lee. Robert Eugene Moye, 47, made another appearance in Madera Superior Court Friday morning for a hearing that was expected to be another preliminary step on ...

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New North Fork ‘University’ Debuts with ‘Meeting of the Minds’

NORTH FORK – North Fork University’s inaugural program — “Meeting of the Minds” — drew about 40 curious “students” to the STUDIO Friday night. The “class” featured a lively discussion from a round table of historical figures including Winston Churchill, Hawaiian Queen Lili’uokalani (local actress Cassandra Hepburn), Chinese philosopher Dr. Sun Yet-sun, painter Pablo Picasso and President Abraham Lincoln. The ...

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Federal Appeals Court to Hear Mono Casino Case

SAN FRANCISCO — The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear oral arguments next month in the appeal currently blocking efforts by the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians to build a casino near Madera. A court date has been set for Tuesday, February 11 at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 1 of the James R. Browning ...

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Wheeler Outlines Top Priorities for 2020

AHWAHNEE — District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler thinks 2020 is going to be “another up year” for eastern Madera County. “The last two or three years have been really good ones for us,” Wheeler said this week from his ranch in Ahwahnee. “Our budget’s been up. Our economy is up. Unemployment is low. We’re among the top ten counties in ...

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The History Mystery #82 – Do You Recognize These Women?

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NORTH FORK — This photo is courtesy of Rose Davis-Cobb, board member of the Sierra Mono Museum & Cultural Center, and features two Mono women who are extras in the movie “Deer Slayer.” Can anyone provide information on where the filming took place in the area of North Fork, Madera County? What were the names of other local extras? What ...

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2019: An Eventful Year for Eastern Madera County

MOUNTAIN AREA — From progress on major new public and commercial projects to prosecution of high-profile criminal cases, 2019 was an eventful year in eastern Madera County. As 2020 dawns, here’s a look back at some of this year’s key stories. North Fork’s new roundabout: After several years of heated debate, Madera County’s first public roundabout was approved by the ...

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North Fork Rancheria Awarded $5M Federal Grant to Build Tribal Housing

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NORTH FORK — The North Fork Rancheria’s Indian Housing Authority (NFRIHA) was awarded a $5 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Indian Housing Block Grant Program grant to support infrastructure for 25 new, low-income housing units. The grant award was officially announced last week. “Decent, safe and affordable housing is a scarce and valuable resource for our Tribe ...

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Shhh: Meditation Center ‘Quietly’ Nears 30th Anniversary

NORTH FORK — Nestled in the serenity of the Sierra National Forest outside North Fork, the amazing Burmese architecture of the Vipassana Pagoda stands out — even amid the natural splendor of the Central Sierras. Situated on 109 forested acres, the North Fork Vipassana Meditation Center — which will quietly mark its 30th anniversary next year — hosts students from ...

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