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Escape to Death Valley: The Superbloom

El Nino has helped create a “superbloom” of wildflowers in Death Valley. About every 10 years or so this rare event takes place and doesn’t last too long. I couldn’t wait to get over there and experience those yellow, pink and purple wildflowers for myself. Death Valley’s average annual rainfall is 2 inches a year, and sometimes, it gets no rain ...

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“Springing Forward” Brings Health Concerns

Written by Virginia Eaton — I was reading a news article about the return of daylight savings time (DST) this Sunday, Mar. 13, and laughed until I had to cross my legs! A medical doctor was quoted as saying that when there is a time change, whether from changing our clocks or traveling, the rule of thumb is that for ...

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Groundbreaking Ceremony For No-Kill Shelter

AHWAHNEE — Animal-lovers are rejoicing as the Eastern Madera County SPCA (EMC SPCA) is about to realize a long-awaited dream: after more than 25 years of saving dogs and cats through fostering and adoption, while also saving money for the project, they’re now breaking ground on the EMC SPCA no-kill shelter. The public is invited by the EMC SPCA Board ...

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Minarets’ New Football Coach: Becher Marr

Submitted by Minarets High School O’NEALS — Minarets is proud to announce Becher Marr as the new Head football coach. Becher is a Yosemite graduate who grew up in the mountain area. After winning a valley championship in football, he went on to play college football following graduation. After his playing days were over, Becher became a missionary through the ...

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Hiking With Raven and Sally Along Eastman Lake

Not all hiking trips go as planned and this is one of our doozies and it was all my fault. We chose this hike to check out the wildflowers at Eastman Lake and had heard that the eagles were flying there. That would be so cool to see an eagle! Distance: 8 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate, depending on how ...

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HGH And The Fountain Of Youth

By Virginia Eaton — I’ve been on the local lecture circuit lately and having a good time on my soapbox. I love talking about my passion — diets and other myths (more on this another time). During my most recent stop at noon Rotary, I was asked a question on a topic that I didn’t know enough about to offer an ...

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Lucky Dog

Written by Mike Nolen — More than once it has struck me that what happened to me last fall probably wasn’t just dumb luck. Although with the Irish surname of Nolen, luck wouldn’t be entirely out of the realm of possibilities. I had what was classified as AMI, acute myocardial infarction, also known as a heart attack. It rapidly progressed ...

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Only Chicken Lovers Understand The Madness

By Kellie Flanagan — MOUNTAIN AREA — I mumbled something about picking up a daisy bush at the nursery and grabbed my keys, knowing full well there were baby chicks at the feed store. I flew down the canyon to arrive before closing and, sure enough, under a bright light there they were, my hope for the future of the ...

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The History Mystery #38

The Clampers (E Clampus Vitus Grub Gulch Chapter #41-49) are generously donating a Monitor Hydraulic nozzle to the Raymond Museum and setting up a display to explain how they worked and why their use had to be banned due to their destructive nature. Because the monitors worked with gravity fed water lines they needed to have water lines that dropped ...

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Quilters Sew Up Love And Comfort

Written by Diane Martin — MOUNTAIN AREA — The members of the Sierra Mountain Quilters Association have revved up their sewing machines to support and comfort those in need in the Sierra foothills and Central Valley. The quilters know that lovingly made quilts can help those in stressful situations feel more relaxed, comfortable, and secure. Since 1981 the members of ...

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