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State Route 41 HMA Removal and Replacement Project

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The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announces the scheduled project to remove and replace existing asphalt pavement, seal pavement cracks and upgrade existing road signs, at various locations, of a 21-mile stretch of State Route 41 in Madera County. The following will occur:  The rehabilitation project will happen at various locations, starting about two miles north of road 208 and ...

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Recipe of the Week: Smothered Pork Chops in Mushroom Sauce

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When you are hungry and searching for something filling, juicy and rich, turning to your pantry for on-hand ingredients can make dinner a breeze. Dodge snack cravings and avoid the temptation to swing by the drive-thru; instead, you can have a homemade meal ready in a matter of minutes by putting your skillet to work. Call your loved ones to ...

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Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concert Series Celebrates 50 years

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FRESNO — It may seem like an unlikely stop. For many internationally recognized piano and organ performers, their annual tours may include such world-class venues as Carnegie Hall, Wiener Musikverein, Walt Disney Hall, or the Oslo Opera House. Among such performances, eight artists every year have the Philip Lorenz International Keyboard Concert Series at the Fresno State Concert Hall on ...

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Minarets Creates New Peer Tutoring Program

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Article by Aidan Feskorn, Student Journalist for Minarets Press Media by Abigail Campbell, Student Journalist for Minarets Press A new peer tutoring program at Minarets High School puts other students into classrooms and allows students to receive peer-to-peer assistance. The program has shown good outcomes at other schools, but its effect at Minarets remains to be seen. Program organizer Jennifer ...

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Minarets Seeks to Better Prepare Students for Future With New “Living Pro” Class

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Article by Hazel Taintor, Student Journalist for Minarets Press Video by Sofia Braz, Student Journalist for Minarets Press The age-old argument stands that schools, while providing students with a large amount of information, do not adequately prepare students for the real world. Minarets High School has sought to remedy this. Living Pro, mandatory for all seniors, essentially teaches students skills ...

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Forest Service Ending Regional Closure Order Two Days Early

VALLEJO, Calif., — Sept. 14, 2021. The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region will end the regional closure order affecting National Forests in California at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 15, two days prior to the original end date of Sept. 17. However, forest-wide closures will remain in place and be extended until midnight on September 22nd on the Los Padres, ...

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KNP Complex Fire Triggers Air Quality Advisory

Mountain Communities  – Large amounts of smoke being produced by the KNP Complex Fire and Windy Fire in Sequoia National Park has prompted air quality officials to issue an air quality advisory for the Valley counties of Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley portion of Kern. In addition, the Caldor Fire and other Northern California fires are sending smoke into ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Winter Veggie Gardens

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By Bob Labozetta (UC Master Gardener, Mariposa) It’s 90℉+ outside. Yep, time to prepare for your winter veggie garden. WHAT? Winter veggie choices include beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, chard, garlic, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, onions/shallots, parsnips, peas, potatoes, radishes, rhubarb, rutabaga, spinach, turnip, and other leafy greens such as bok choy and kale. The above veggies can be direct seeded ...

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Madera County Confirms First Human West Nile Virus Death of 2021

Madera County – Madera County is reporting a fatality from West Nile Virus (WNV). The fatal case, an adult male, was one of the first two cases identified in August. Both cases required hospitalization and the second, non-fatal case has improved and been discharged from the hospital. Following investigation, these two were considered unrelated. WNV is transmitted to people through ...

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