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Life And Death Of A Mountain Lion

by Kellie Flanagan COARSEGOLD — Not long after sunset on a cold December night, a call was made from Deadwood Lookout to wildlife specialist Randy Partch. “The lion is in the trap,” said the homeowner. For Partch, a trapper contracted annually by Madera County, this was good news. He’d just set the lion’s trap that morning, after five goats were ...

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The Elephant In The Room

By Steven Schumaker — We have all experienced some sort of loss. Maybe you lost your money or maybe you and a friend got in a fight. Small or big we have all lost something. Loss is a part of our lives whether we like it or not, and we are never going to be able to stop it no ...

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“They Took Everything!” Jeep Stolen, Family Cabin Pillaged

By Kellie Flanagan BASS LAKE — Stepping up to the door of her family cabin at the lake, Tammy Johnson didn’t realize anything was wrong, at first. The door was slightly ajar, and she had a fleeting thought that perhaps the rental agency she uses hadn’t closed it tightly, and then, Tammy stepped inside and stopped cold. “I walked in ...

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O’s Badger Sports Bulletin: Rivalry In Full Swing

By Yosemite High School Athletic Director Rusty Oetinger This week the YHS Basketball and Soccer teams took on their closest rivals. In the past, the Sierra rivalry has been a storied one with a lot of rich history, but this generation of Badgers are writing a new chapter with their Minarets rivalry. As well as playing our rivals, the Girls Soccer ...

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Hiking From Indian Flat to the Old Hite Mine

In 1861, a young prospector by the name of John Hite headed out from Coulterville on a prospecting trip with a sack of flour and a few provisions.  Over 3 million dollars were made in the mine that he claimed called the Hite Mine above the South Fork of the Merced River. I have been wanting to visit this actual ...

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Minarets Senior Plays In Blue-Grey All-American Bowl

Submitted by Lainie Walker O’NEALS — One of our own mountain community boys, Minarets High senior Mason Ellis, will playing in the Blue-Grey High School All-American Bowl this weekend. The game will be steamed live on Impax Football Network from the Jacksonville Jaguars’ EverBank Field at 12:30 EST. Mason will be sporting his high school number “3” at the wide ...

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National Dress Your Pet Day is January 14

January 14 is National Dress Your Pet Day and Sally has been preparing for this big day for quite some time. In case your dog or cat hasn’t chosen their outfit for the big day, Sally wanted to help give you some ideas. I did quite a bit of research for this blog and learned that people not only dress ...

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Rock Like A Shriveled Pea

By Kellie Flanagan — Something catches my eye. Turning to see, it’s my toddler in the driver’s seat of the Honda CRV. She’s managed to reach the gas pedal with her chubby little foot, and we’re already on the freeway before I realize what’s happening. Wind blowing through her hair, she’s tooling along in the fast lane like it’s riding ...

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Scientists Take On One-Size-Fits-All Diets

By Virginia Eaton — The advertising blitz around diets as we approached the New Year was overwhelming. I am inundated with diets, dieting techniques, do-and-don’ts, and lists of foods “you should never eat.” My go-to attitude around food and drink is eat real food, meaning food that doesn’t have a list of ingredients that I cannot pronounce. My experience with ...

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Meet The New Owners: Western Sierra Nursery

OAKHURST – On Saturday, Jan. 9, Dianna and Jeff Conaway will open the gates, unlock the doors, turn on the lights and get started on their first official day of business as proprietors of Western Sierra Nursery, a plan that has been in the works since September, 2015. Escrow closed this week on the property, a private sale between parties, ...

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