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Pay Now Or Pay Later – Fire Department In Crisis

To The Editor: On June 9, 2014, the reality of near non-existent fire protection in Madera County was on full display in Bonadelle Ranchos. The unimaginable happened… a family’s home burned just six lots away from County Fire Station 19. A single career firefighter, aided by two “paid call” firefighters, quickly responded. An aggressive attack on the fire was initiated; ...

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The Sewer Board Is Looking For A Few Good Men Or Women

Written by Dave Wolin – OAKHURST – You probably don’t often consider all that happens when you flush your toilet or throw the dinner remains down the garbage disposal. Well, if you live in the part of Oakhurst connected to the sewer plant, a very complicated system of pipes, pumps and machinery eventually transports all that to our sewer plant, ...

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Mikey Ward Goes To “World Series”

By Robin Ward – OAKHURST – The South County Colts is a travel baseball team managed by Mike Molina, Steve Gallegos and Pete Ramirez coaching. They were #1 in the nation as an AAA team and were moved to Majors this year. Since the move they are #6, but are working their way up quickly. The team is comprised mainly ...

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Hope from the Ashes

Story by AnnaRose Chaney OAKHURST – At the start of summer 2014, fires began plaguing the land and people of our community. For some, the flames were no more than distant spirals of smoke and ash that blackened the air and left the sky a bitter red. To others, the flames were omens of fear and chaos, and with them ...

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Climate Change Putting Local Birds At Risk

Guest Column contributed by Yosemite Area Audubon Society Even if you don’t consider yourself an expert birder, if you have traveled some of our back roads with an observant eye, you may have noticed that ground squirrel burrows sometimes house a family of Burrowing Owls. Their somewhat comical appearance and behavior make them easily recognizable. Our foothills area hosts a ...

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Turning Tragedy Into Treasure – The Gift Of Friends

This open letter to the community was submitted by Kim Moore My Easter Gift On March 31, 2013, Easter morning, I woke up at my usual time, 5:00 am, and got ready for work. I live in the foothills, so my day starts early. I am a nurse in the Emergency Department (ED) at Community Regional Medical Center. It was ...

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Fire Fee 2.0: Six Times Worse?

By George Runner – Member of the California State Board of Equalization, District 2 SACRAMENTO – Better late than never, California lawmakers seem to be waking up to the reality that the illegal “Fire Prevention Fee” they enacted nearly two years ago is a complete fiasco. Even so, they are refusing to repeal it. Instead they are scheming up ways ...

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Leave Yosemite The Way It Is

YOSEMITE – As the deadline for comment on the Merced River Plan approaches, concerned citizens are voicing their opinions with letters to the Park Superintendent. The comment period ends on Thursday, Apr. 18. Here is a comprehensive breakdown some of the concerns expressed by Wendy Brown-Barry and Kevin D. Barry in their letter to Don Neubacher.

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Are We Going To Water Down "Three Strikes And You're Out?"

Guest Columnist and District Attorney Michael Keitz has something to say about Proposition 36. As we approach the general election on November 6th, there are numerous initiatives to consider. Notable among them is Proposition 36, which is touted as a “reform” of the “Three Strikes and You’re Out” law. Remarkably, in 2004 a similar “reform” of Three Strikes was defeated ...

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