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Letter to the Editor: Why I’m Against Measure L

Weighing heavy on the hearts and minds of Measure L opponents is the question, Are our brave fire fighters being used as emotional pawns in a sensational money grab? They march to the siren song of promise that things will get better.. .but do they have enough knowledge of the political history of the Board or the County, the Measure ...

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Letter To The Editor: Red Flags About Measure L

To the Editor: Both supporters and opponents of Measure L agree there is a need for improved safety—fire and Sheriff’s protection—in Madera County. They differ on how to fund this improved safety. Supporters want a 1% sales tax in the unincorporated parts of Madera County. Opponents contend there is enough money already in the County budget but it is being ...

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Painting Workshop With Trowzers Akimbo

NORTH FORK — Have you dreamed of becoming a proficient painter in oils, acrylics, watercolor, or pastels? Here is your chance to learn from an accomplished artist. Trowzers Akimbo will give expert instruction in your medium, at the Artists’ Loft in the North Fork Studio. All levels of proficiency are welcome — even beginners are great for this workshop. “We may ...

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Treating Migraines: More Ways to Fight the Pain

FDA Consumer Update Thought there was no hope for treating your migraine headaches? Don’t give up. Adults who don’t tolerate migraine drugs well might find relief from a prescription device. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has allowed the marketing of two such prescription devices: the Cerena Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator and the Cefaly transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation device. Both devices ...

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Nina Farley-Bates Is Healing Minds In Oakhurst

OAKHURST — A licensed clinical social worker with 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist is helping to heal minds at Adventist Health / Community Care in Oakhurst. Nina Farley-Bates is a native of Kingsburg who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Fresno. After earning her degree, she went on to earn a Master of Social ...

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New Zen Center In Oakhurst

Submitted by Bodhi Oak Zen Center — OAKHURST — The Silver Creek Center has a new sign: “Bodhi Oak Zen Center.” Downstairs, on the far left corner, Suite 1-I is a small center dedicated to the study of Zen meditation and mindfulness. Zen is a Japanese word that simply means “meditation,” but in the United States, “Zen” has an exotic ...

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Minarets Expansion Includes Solar, Farrowing, Softball

By Samantha Clay and Hannah Flanagan —  O’NEALS — Minarets High School has started expanding again with many new solar panels, a farrowing house at the farm, and a brand new softball field. There are so many different advantages coming from these new additions, we are all very excited for the future of our young school. Minarets High School has ...

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Minarets Key Club: It’s About Giving Back

By Jazmin Neri, Claudia Vazquez, and Marissa Alvarado —  O’NEALS — Minarets Key Club is part of a larger service organization that has supported millions of lives around the world since founded in 1925: Kiwanis. We and other students are part of this high school club, learning lifelong skills and experiences to take with us into the real world. We’re committed ...

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Bree Is Back From Teaching In Thailand

By Bree Lewis — Before recently, I had never been out of the country, not even to Mexico, or even on a plane for that matter. So, when I received an email saying “Volunteer in Thailand this Winter Break for Only 500 Dollars,” it was like winning a fake free cruise on one of those pop-up links: you never actually ...

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Minarets Varsity Boys Soccer In Playoffs

By Shane Hogg — O’NEALS — For the first time in its history, Minarets High School boys varsity soccer team has qualified for playoffs. The game will be at Minarets on Wednesday, Feb. 15 vs. Frazier Mountain at 5 p.m. This year’s team finished the season in second place in the West Sequoia League, the highest finish in its history. The ...

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