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County ‘Officially’ Opens New Tesoro Viejo Fire Station

MADERA — The county’s newest fire station had its formal grand opening celebration Thursday, July 11. But Madera County Station #7 — already nicknamed “Lucky 7” — officially went online last fall. Located at 4150 Town Center Blvd., just off Highway 41 and Tesoro Viejo Blvd. via the development’s roundabout, it’s the first new fire station to be built in ...

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Structure Fire Near North Fork On Pine Tree Lane

NORTH FORK – Crews are on scene of a structure fire burning near the east end of Pine Tree Lane in the Leisure Acres area. Just before 3:30 p.m., firefighters were called out to reports of smoke near Duke Road. The first unit on scene found one structure involved with spread to the surrounding vegetation. Cal Fire, Madera County Fire, ...

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Moye Formally Charged in Lee Homicide, Bail Set At $3.75 Million

MADERA — A 46-year-old North Fork man was formally arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Madera County Superior Court, charged with the Saturday night murder of Gaylen D. Lee, a widely respected Elder in the Mono Indian tribe. Lee, 70, died July 6 after being shot at his home just off Cascadel Drive (Road 233) in North Fork. Robert Eugene Moye, Jr., ...

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Service With Military Honors For Tommy Duane Chance

Tommy Duane Chance, 77, of Ventura, CA, passed away peacefully on June 12, 2019 in North Fork, CA after a long illness. Tommy was born on August 27, 1941 in Richmond, IN, but soon moved to Berkeley, CA, where he spent most of his adolescent and teen years. In 1959 and with a patriotism typical of Tommy, he joined the ...

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O’Keefe Murder Trial Now Set For August 12

MADERA — A formal trial date has finally been scheduled for Mary O’Keefe, accused of murder in the 2016 death of North Fork resident Bonnie Hale. On Tuesday, Madera County Superior Court Judge Dale Blea set O’Keefe’s trial for August 12. At this morning’s proceedings in Department 22, Judge Blea also received a brief update on the long-running case from ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log Through July 7

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, July 1 to Sunday, July 7, 2019. Oakhurst coroner’s case On Tuesday, July 2 at 10:56 p.m. a deputy responded to a coroner’s case on Nelder Heights Drive. Man Drowns While Boating On Bass Lake Coarsegold found property On Wednesday, July 3 ...

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Hodges Wins Top Logger Title At Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree

NORTH FORK — The 60th annual Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree turned the ‘Exact Center of California’ into a timber sports mecca over the post-July 4 holiday weekend as about 100 participants and more than 3,000 spectators converged on the North Fork Recreation Center Saturday and Sunday. During the two-day competition, a total of $10,000 in prize money was awarded as both ...

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Over The Garden Fence: It’s Hot Out There!

By Bob Labozetta —  What can home gardeners do to help their plants — veggies, landscape plants, shrubs and trees — survive the intense summer heat? Here are some do’s and don’ts of hot weather gardening: Don’t fertilize plants or trees during the hot summer months. The purpose of fertilizers — especially those high in nitrogen — is to help ...

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