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End of an Era: Fleming Out as Madera County CAO

MADERA — Madera County’s chief administrative officer resigned Friday amid escalating accusations by County employees of a hostile work environment at the County Government Center. Fleming’s resignation was announced Friday afternoon following a closed session of Madera County’s board of supervisors, which Fleming did not attend. “The board has approved Eric Fleming’s resignation agreement and release,” said Board Chair Brett ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log for the Week Ending December 9, 2019

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MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office reports taken locally from Tuesday, December 3, to Monday, December 9, 2019. Coarsegold Narcotics Found On Tuesday, December 3, at 5:19 a.m., a deputy was dispatched to Lucky Lane in the County of Madera regarding found narcotics. Narcotics were collected and submitted for destruction and report was written. ...

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Minarets FFA Participates in 2019 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge

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O’NEALS — Four students from Minarets High School recently participated in the 2019 Santa Cruz Forestry Challenge. The students were part of a group of 84 high schoolers from twelve schools from the coastal and Central Valley regions. The event was held Oct. 9-12 at Redwood Glen in Loma Mar. Minarets placed second out of twenty-one teams, with a score ...

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Wet Weather Delays Completion of NF Roundabout

NORTH FORK — Mother Nature has tapped the brakes on North Fork’s highly anticipated new roundabout. The recent series of storms — including a rare “bomb cyclone” — has forced contractors on the job to slow the pace of work, according to Ahmad Alkhayyat, Madera County’s director of public works. Construction of Madera County’s first public roundabout began in mid-June ...

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2020: Make-or-Break Year for North Fork Biomass Project?

NORTH FORK — Despite ongoing uncertainty surrounding PG&E’s bankruptcy and its potential impact on North Fork’s proposed new biomass plant, project proponents remain optimistic ground could still be broken as early as next year. Plans and permits are in place and equipment is ready for shipment but financing the complicated deal has yet to be worked out. Adding to the ...

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Marine Corps’ Toys For Tots Roundup This Saturday

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OAKHURST — Thanks to everyone who attended the Toys For Tots “Double Your Donation KickOff” at the Oakhurst True Value on Nov. 23. Donations included over 400 toys and almost $600 that will go to support toys for needy children in the Eastern Madera County area. But the 2019 campaign is not over yet! Past campaigns have benefited over 1,100 ...

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Help Grace Community Church feed North Fork this Christmas

NORTH FORK — Every year, Grace Community Church makes Christmas food baskets available for the residents of North Fork. Local residents in need of help can sign up in the Thrift Shop on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Nov. 19th through Dec. 17th and on Wednesday, Dec. 18th. Baskets will be given away on Saturday, Dec. 21. As costs increase for ...

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YARTS Offers Free Tickets for Mariposa County Residents

YOSEMITE – The Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) is offering up to four roundtrip tickets to Yosemite National Park to all Mariposa County households on days when regular service is provided. The tickets are free and are available while supplies last or until June 30, 2020. In addition, a child under 12 may ride for free with a ticketed ...

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Investigation Continues in Case of NF Man Accused in Lee Homicide

MADERA — Lawyers and investigators are still trying to coordinate a visit to the crime scene in the case of a 47-year-old North Fork man charged with murder in the July shooting death of prominent Mono tribal elder Gaylen Lee. Robert Eugene Moye Jr. made another appearance in Madera County Superior Court on Monday (Dec. 2) morning. Handcuffed and wearing ...

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