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National Monuments Are Bad For Forest Health

To the Editor: I am writing in response to “Yosemite Audubon Society Supports Sierra National Monument.” This is the area between Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon where there are already many Wilderness Areas along with monuments. A Monument is absolutely the wrong thing to do. Here are some reasons why: Years of mismanagement have made our forests overgrown, unsustainable and unhealthy. ...

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YAAS Supports Sierra National Monument

To the Editor: Yosemite Area Audubon Society supports the movement to create a national monument between Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings National Parks because I believe that it is the right thing to do. If we look back in our nation’s history, particularly in the Sierra Nevada, we find many people who did great things for future generations. Abraham Lincoln, John Muir ...

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Love And Help For Victims Of California Fires

To the Editor – My name Lesley Linhares and I am a 34-year-old disabled lifetime resident of this area and single mother of 4, but raising 6 kids between the ages of 7 and 11. I have been working as a daycare provider and consultant for Jamberry the past several years. But when the big fires hit California this summer ...

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Protect My Right To Family’s Health Choices

To the Editor: If you believe that you should be the one who makes the health choices for you and your family and you want to know how you can protect that right, come and learn about some rights that you are in danger of losing. It’s worth fighting for! Governor Brown signed SB 277 the most stringent vaccine mandate ...

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Taking a Stand For A New College Campus In Oakhurst

The following letter states my support of the State Center Community College District (District) constructing a new College campus in the Oakhurst area. I am responding to the poorly thought out “Blueprint for Our Community Colleges” as authored by Miguel Arias and John Leal. Mr. Arias and M. Leal are two of many of the SCCCD Trustees. Their article denouncing ...

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Loggers Jamboree Heats Up North Fork This Weekend

NORTH FORK – The 56th Annual Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree brings hot competition to the North Fork Rec Center this Saturday and Sunday, July 4 & 5. Gates open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, with the Pro-Am competition starting at 10 a.m., followed by the Junior Ax Throw, the Jason Taylor Ax Throw and then the Horseshoe Tournament at noon. The ...

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All Fireworks Are Illegal In Our Area

CENTRAL SIERRA – With the 4th of July weekend fast approaching, The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) would like to remind everyone that fireworks are banned in all State Responsibility Areas (SRA*) throughout California. Fireworks stands are now open in numerous locations within Madera and Merced Counties. State law and county ordinance prohibits ...

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Judy Squier Speaks At Three Local Venues

OAKHURST – Salt and Light Ministries invite you to meet an inspirational speak and author who is coming to the Oakhurst area to share her message. Born without complete legs and hand, Judy Squier is a wife, mother of three and grandmother of five who started public speaking at the age of thirteen. She is the author of three books, ...

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Man Killed In Millerton Lake Manhunt Identified

MADERA COUNTY – The Madera County Sheriff-Coroner has determined the identity of the man killed during an officer involved shooting on Thursday near Millerton Lake as 61-year-old Gilbert Jake Vanderburgh. Detectives have also learned through their investigation that the man who fled the scene and remains on the loose is 29-year-old Kyle Patrick Snipes. Snipes is described as a white ...

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