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Winners Of Student Art & Poetry Contest

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Conservancy and The Ansel Adams Gallery once again sponsored a Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest in September. The park received a record 230 submissions from local community schools. Artwork was divided into categories and winning pieces were selected by park staff and park partners. The result is a terrific show that’s open ...

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State Decathletes Meet In Madera

MADERA COUNTY – Academic Decathletes from throughout California will attend Madera County Office of Education’s Academic Decathlon Lecture Day on Thursday, Oct. 23. Valley experts will lecture on six subject areas to more than 450 students from throughout the state.

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Clarification Of Misconception On Sheriff's Candidates

A recent letter, regarding the two candidates for Madera County Sheriff, Chief Jay Varney and Undersheriff Michael Salvador, warrants some clarification. The letter states: “Mr. Varney lacks the experience needed in managing a large department.” While serving as Chief of Police of the City of Chowchilla, Chief Varney also served as Acting City Administrator for approximately 2 years and recently ...

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Chukchansi Employees Scheduled To Reclaim Belongings

COARSEGOLD – Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino employees have been advised they can pick up personal belongings left behind when the Casino abruptly shut down on Oct. 9, following an armed conflict between rival factions of the tribe. A notice appeared on the Casino’s social media today, captioned, “Attention Chukchansi Gold Team Members.” Employees were notified that they can pick ...

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Defective Air Bags Require Immediate Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, and General Motors vehicles to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata-manufactured airbags. One death in California has been linked to defective air bags, according to an attorney for the man who died in September, 2013.

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The Devastation Of The Harlow Fire

OAKHURST – The Oakhurst Library will be hosting a presentation about the infamous Harlow Fire on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The most disastrous fire to strike the Madera and Mariposa Counties, the Harlow Fire of July, 1961, burned over 43,000 acres and destroyed the towns of Ahwahnee and Nipinnawasee. It was the fastest burning fire in ...

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Library Talk Shines Spotlight On Grand Jury

OAKHURST – Everything you always wanted to know about Grand Juries will be revealed on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Oakhurst Branch Library in the common room. Organizers plan to host local judges, the current District Attorney for Madera County, and other experts, for a presentation entitled, “What is the Grand Jury?”

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Scariest Haunted House In The Mountains

OAKHURST – Prepare to be scared, warns the Oakhurst Mountain Lions Club, as they get ready to host their 7th annual Haunted House, aptly called “Screamfest.” The event takes places on Friday, Oct. 31 from 7 to 10 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at the former Blockbuster building in the Von’s shopping center, 40050 Highway 49 in ...

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Lots To Do For Every Body On Halloween

MADERA COUNTY – Yosemite and Central Valley area communities are gearing up for Halloween with a whole host of events, from the fun and spooky to the truly terrifying. Saturday, Oct. 25 fairly bursts with Halloween activities. Perhaps the longest-running Halloween-themed event is the Coarsegold Tarantula Festival, now in its 17th year.

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Linn Will Restore The Public Trust

Dear Editor: I have known David Linn for over twenty years, both personally and professionally. I have watched and worked with him as he has helped improve Oakhurst and the Eastern Madera County community. He is a community leader.

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