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The Future Of Oakhurst College

OAKHURST – More than twenty years after local activists fought hard to support the passing of legislation that would guarantee the expansion of higher education in Oakhurst, a new struggle for the town’s share of a facilities bond proposed by the State Center Community College District (SCCCD) is now heating up. At stake is Oakhurst’s piece of a potential $485 ...

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Snowshoe to Dewey Point 2015

That new snow squeaked under our snowshoes as we headed out from Badger Pass to that amazing view at Dewey Point. I just love that way you can look at Tenaya Canyon, leading up to the high country. Fresh snow coated all of the mountains and was a sight to behold. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 7.39 Miles Difficulty: Moderate ...

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You Are Your Own Best Advocate

By Virginia Eaton — One of the most important professional relationships you have (especially as you age) is with your doctor, and this relationship should be a partnership where each side is engaged in asking questions. The days when you sit silently across the desk from your doctor, listening intently to his or her words has long since passed. Doctors ...

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Yosemite Ranger Honored For Superior Service

YOSEMITE — Park Ranger Shelton Johnson has been honored with the Department of Interior’s Award for Superior Service. Shelton receives this award in recognition of his passion for connecting minorities to parks, his meticulous research that forms the basis of his innovative interpretive programs, and his superlative ability to articulate powerful messages for the National Park Service. Park Ranger Shelton ...

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Richard Caglia Named SCCCD Board President

FRESNO — Board members of the State Center Community College District elected Richard M. Caglia as board president at its December board meeting. John Leal was elected vice president and Bobby Kahn was elected secretary. Oakhurst Community College Center, Fresno City College, Reedley College, Clovis Community College, and Madera Community College Center make up the State Center Community College District. ...

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The Trip Doesn’t Always Go As Planned

By Scott Lange — As winter was rolling in just before Thanksgiving, a few of us got the urge to get into the High Sierra one last time this year. It would prove to be a tough task to even find an accessible trailhead as most of the roads had already been closed to snowfall, but we found an entry ...

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Hiking Along the Old Big Flat Road

Imagine visiting Yosemite in the 1870s, before Yosemite had been designated a Park. You just might have come into Yosemite Valley on a horse and wagon from Big Oak Flat down into the valley via the Old Big Oak Flat Road. Parts of this old road have been wiped out by rockslides but much of the road is still accessible by foot. ...

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History Mystery #35

In a long forgotten and remote corner of Mariposa County, at the intersection of West Westfall and Preston Roads, one can still see the crumbling stone ruins of an old copper smelter. Nearby, and in what is now Madera County, are the remains of the three main copper mines of the Foot Hill Copper Belt; the Buchanan, the Daulton, and ...

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Badger Pass Ski Area Now Open

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK – Great news skiers! Yosemite National Park’s Badger Pass Ski Area will open on Saturday, Dec. 12 for the 2015-16 season. Badger Pass Ski Area’s snowtubing hill will open at a later date, say park rangers, as more snow is needed. Badger Pass Ski Area, operated by park concessioner Delaware North at Yosemite, is California’s original ski ...

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Twins’ Christmas Carnival For EMC SPCA

Submitted by Samantha Grant O’NEALS — My twin sister Hallie and I are throwing the first-ever carnival at Minarets High School, a  Christmas Carnival for our Senior Legacy Project. We wanted to plan an event that would incorporate what we love and decided to raise money for the Eastern Madera County SPCA (EMC SPCA). We have two dogs, Ryder and ...

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