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Minarets Drama Students Attend Workshop in Big Apple

By Johanna Ziegler, student journalists for Minarets Press NEW YORK CITY — The Big Apple’s famous skyline welcomed four Minarets students and drama teacher Kayla West in the early morning hours on Feb. 14, 2020. The trip to New York City was the first of its kind for the Minarets Drama program. Seniors Maddie Wristen, Lindsay Martin, Emma Lynch, and ...

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Oakhurst Senior Named CHP ‘Volunteer of Year’

MOUNTAIN AREA — On Thursday (March 5), the offices — and officers — of CHP Central Division came together to celebrate its annual Employee Appreciation Day. The Oakhurst Area CHP would like to congratulate the following 2019 employees of the year: Officer of the Year – Tyler Long Professional Staff – Dave Flint Senior Volunteer of the Year – Nancy ...

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SNF Offers Seedling Program to Mountain Residents

NORTH FORK – The Bass Lake Ranger District is set to begin its 2020 reforestation program. During the next two months, contract and Forest Service crews will be planting approximately 700 acres focusing on the areas of the 2014 French Fire. Approximately 200 to 320 seedlings per acre will be planted, totaling up to 175,000 seedlings on the district during ...

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DA Decries New Sentencing Laws for Serious Drug Offenders

MADERA — Madera County District Attorney Sally Moreno took to social media this week to shine a spotlight on new, more lenient California sentencing laws, especially as they apply to major drug offenses. The new laws, the DA warned, are allowing serious offenders with multiple convictions to spend much less time behind bars. To illustrate her point, Moreno highlighted the ...

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Coronavirus Update: Governor Declares State of Emergency

MADERA — California Governor Gavin Newsom late Wednesday (March 4) declared a state of emergency after the first coronavirus-related death in the state. The emergency declaration will “help advance resources” and prepare the state for the spread of coronavirus, Newsom said. California authorities reported earlier in the day COVID-19 claimed the life of an elderly patient in Placer County. Ten ...

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Minarets Senior Hosts Robotics Clinic

By Autumn Pecarovich, student journalist for Minarets Press OAKHURST — To foster a love for robotics in a new generation, Mikey King hosted a robotics clinic for third through eighth graders at the Boys and Girls Club of Oakhurst. The clinic was held on Feb. 18 and 19 and there were over 20 attendees from Wasuma Elementary, Oakhurst Elementary and ...

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Raymond-Knowles Union School Bond Measures Narrowly Defeated

MADERA — Preliminary voting results from Tuesday’s election show Measure P and Measure Q, two local bond issues to modernize facilities in the Raymond-Knowles Union Elementary School District, being narrowly defeated. According to the latest results from the Madera County Elections Office, Measure Q garnered 193 “yes” votes — or 51 percent — and 186 “no” votes — or 49 ...

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YHS Music Department Presents ‘Nite on the Town’

OAKHURST — The Yosemite High School Music Department is presenting its annual “Nite on the Town” on Saturday, March 7. Billed as “an evening of talent, sweet treats and great fun,” the event will take place from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the high school. (Doors open at 2 p.m.) There also will be a silent auction, with all ...

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Area Middle Schoolers Prep for 2020 Academic Pentathlon

MADERA RANCHOS — Madera County’s middle school students will put their minds to the test during the 2020 Academic Pentathlon on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 21. This year’s topic: “In Sickness and In Health: A History of Illness and Wellness.” More than 240 students from 14 schools from throughout Madera County and five students from Visalia will take ...

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