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Supervisors Expected to OK Permit, Fee Schedule Hikes

MADERA — Madera County supervisors are expected this week to OK a 2.7-percent across-the-board increase to the fee schedule the County charges for everything from development fees and building, grading and water well permits to fees for regular planning review services and commercial building valuations. At their meeting on Tuesday, July 2, supervisors will hold a public hearing on the ...

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Celebration Of Life For Katherine Lea Jones

Katherine Lea Jones of Oakhurst, California passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at the age of 84. ‘Kathy,’ as she was known to her friends, was born in Oklahoma on July 28, 1934. She grew up in Tulare County, California, and graduated from Dinuba High School in 1952. Kathy was a resident of Oakhurst for 57 years. After a ...

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Celebration Of Life For James “Jimmy” Trimble

Sunday June 16th. Father’s Day. It began as a great day for many of us, until the news began to filter out that Jimmy Trimble had been killed instantly in a motorcycle accident near his home away from home in Baja, Mexico. Jimmy was a well-loved and deeply respected member of the foothill community for many years. James Trimble was ...

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Today’s Actions Affect Tomorrow’s National Forests And Local Communities

By Dean Gould, Forest Supervisor, Sierra National Forest and Rachel Smith, Acting Forest Supervisor, Sequoia National Forest/Giant Sequoia National Monument —  SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — The Sierra and Sequoia National Forests cover nearly 2.5 million acres and almost half of the state’s population lives within a four-hour drive of these forests. Even if you don’t visit one of these forests, ...

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After 20 Years In Business, Bear Paw Quilts Closing For Now

OAKHURST — After two decades of trading stitches and stories, Bear Paw Quilts & More – Oakhurst’s only specialty sewing and fabric store – is shutting its doors. Local seamstresses, quilters and other needle-and-thread hobbyists are hoping the closure is not permanent. “The store will be closed after Saturday [June 29], at least until a new buyer steps in,” says ...

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Undersheriff Tyson Pogue Graduates From Elite FBI Academy Program

QUANTICO, Va. — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) announces the graduation of Undersheriff Tyson Pogue from the 276th Session of the FBI National Academy-Quantico in Quantico, Virginia. Undersheriff Pogue is an 18-year veteran of MCSO and currently serves as second in command. Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program offers ten weeks of advanced, executive-level leadership ...

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County Warns Taxpayers Of Bogus Solicitation Of Fees For Documents

MADERA COUNTY — Madera County Clerk-Recorder Rebecca Martinez is cautioning local residents who may receive what appears to be a bill for copies of recorded documents – including deeds, deeds of trust and other documents associated with buying a home, refinancing a mortgage or paying off a mortgage – that these documents are recorded and are open to public inspection. ...

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Underwater Robotics Team Wins ‘Guts And Glory’ Award

OAKHURST — Glacier High School’s underwater robotics team Altum Operations has resurfaced following an elite international ROV competition in Kingsport, Tenn., last weekend — as winners of the ‘Guts and Glory’ Award. There were, 70 teams and 810 students from 19 countries competing in the event, held June 20 – 22. Altum Operations was recognized for their amazing ability to ...

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Conversations With Nature At Timberline Collective

OAKHURST — Stop by Timberline Gallery during the month of June to see a unique collection of local artists’ work, gathered together as ‘Conversations with Nature.’ Artists include Sandra Lee Scott, Karen Tillson, Deborah Pepin, James Osteen, Vivian Helena and Merylyn Whited. Sandra Lee Scott Pastels, mixed media, alcohol ink After a 40-year career in the mental health field, Sandra ...

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Mt. Bullion Crew Clears ‘Fire Fuel’ Around Oakhurst Community Center

OAKHURST — The Mt. Bullion Fire Crew is conducting a weed abatement and fire-safety operation this week around the Oakhurst Community Center and Oakhurst Little League fields. The two-day (June 25-26) operation is being supervised by Captain Gordon Dulcich. During Tuesday’s cleanup at the OCC, the fire crew was called away twice. “They had to drop all of their weed ...

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