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Rental Market Being Squeezed By Home-Sharing Apps Like Airbnb

OAKHURST – The success of Airbnb and other home-sharing websites has created “a serious shortage” of long-term rental properties in Eastern Madera County, say those familiar with the rental market. On a scale of one to ten, Rhonda Salisbury, CEO at Visit Yosemite | Madera County, thinks the problem is “at least a seven or eight.” “But we’re not unique,” ...

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New North Fork Water Treatment Plant Plan Moving Forward

NORTH FORK — A plan to build a new water treatment facility to service the North Fork area continues to flow forward. “We’ve been making pretty good progress,” says Ray Gutierrez, an engineer in Madera County’s Public Works Department, which is overseeing the project known as the North Fork Consolidation Plan. A joint venture between the Chawanakee Unified School District ...

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Greenlight For Roundbout? Local Businessman Says Bad Idea

NORTH FORK — Supervisors are expected to vote next month on a plan to create Madera County’s first public roundabout. The circular intersection in which traffic flows in one direction around a central island could be built at the junction of Roads 225 and 274 in North Fork. The project has been the subject of many presentations and public meetings ...

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Madera County Tree Mortality Update April 11

Written by Sarah Bolton – MADERA COUNTY – Hello Madera County residents and welcome to the Tree Mortality Community Column. Our company, Blue Ridge Services (BRS), is partnering with Madera County to oversee and implement their tree mortality mitigation project. Tree cutting teams have cut down 2,874 trees in total. Contractor Elming Enterprises has completed projects on Hangtree Lane. Central ...

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Madera County Seeking Applicants for 2019-2020 Grand Jury

MADERA – Interested in investigating complaints of misappropriation and malfeasance around Madera County? If so, the deadline to apply for the 2019-2020 grand jury is April 22. California’s Constitution requires every county in the state maintain a grand jury to “investigate citizen-generated complaints or concerns.” To be eligible, a person must be 18, a U.S. citizen and a Madera County ...

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Developer Withdraws Sky Ranch Road RV Park Proposal

OAKHURST – A controversial proposal to build a large RV and camping park off Sky Ranch Road has been withdrawn just days before the plan was set to be voted on by the board of supervisors. County officials confirmed late Friday the developer on the project pulled the current proposal, which included a request for a General Plan Amendment that ...

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County Hatches Plan to Combat Pigeon Problem

MADERA – Madera County has a pigeon problem. Hundreds of the birds have taken up residence in and around the downtown Government Center and its open-air parking structure. The large pigeon population creates a health hazard as their droppings can spread disease. The bird feces can also cause damage to the buildings, and the materials used to build their nests ...

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Madera County Donates Land For New EMC SPCA Shelter

AHWAHNEE – Madera County is giving 75 acres in Awhawnee to the Eastern Madera County SPCA to help the organization complete its new, no-kill animal shelter. On Tuesday, the board of supervisors OK’d the donation of 75.33 acres of “surplus” county land to EMC SPCA. The organization’s president said the donation will allow the nonprofit to secure additional funding for ...

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David Linn Drops Lawsuit Against County And Board Of Supervisors

MADERA – The Madera County Counsel’s Office has announced that former District Attorney David Linn has voluntarily dismissed his lawsuit against the County “and all individually named defendants, including the members of the Board of Supervisors.” Linn filed suit in August 2018 against the County of Madera, the Board of Supervisors, the County’s Chief Administrative Officer and two contracted County ...

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Free Income Tax Prep For All Ages, Provided By AARP

MADERA COUNTY – Free income tax return preparation and electronic filing, for both California state and federal returns, will be available again this year for mountain-area residents, offered by the AARP Tax-Aide program. Tax returns are prepared onsite by specially trained and certified volunteers, and then filed electronically the same day. Tax help is offered to persons of all ages ...

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