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Stricter Gun Control Doesn't Stop Criminals

In response to Alan Cheah’s “The Gun Economy” Sierra Star 1/31/13 Some factual “counterpoint” to Mr. Cheah’s latest “For Your Consideration” The FBI’s recent Crime Report, noted a nearly 50 percent DROP in both violent crime and the murder rate between 1992 and 2011. This occurred at the same time the number of firearms INCREASED dramatically – including the sale ...

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Update On Rural Fire Fee At Town Hall Meeting

OAKHURST – The first in the series of 2013 Town Hall Meetings, hosted by Madera County Supervisor District 5 Tom Wheeler, will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Oakhurst Community Center, from 6 to 8 p.m. Meeting topics include: -Update on the SRA Fee (Rural Fire Fee)

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NRA = Not Really American?

NRA = Not Really American? Responding to Peter Cavanaugh Article in the Sierra Star 1/24/13 Peter: Do you have a clue about the demographics of the NRA’s 4.5 million members? I suggest you get off your barstool occasionally and find out before making a fool of yourself in print again. Your article proves your complete ignorance of the NRA. The ...

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Dorsey's Hallmark Honored For Great Customer Service

OAKHURST – The staff of Dorsey’s Hallmark in Oakhurst has been awarded the Excellent in Customer Service award by the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau (YSVB). Owner Dave Dorsey, along with Christine Ferbrache and Kim Vanlandingham accepted a plaque honoring their distinction, presented by board president Max Stauffer, during YSVB’s board meeting in January.

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Stricter Gun Laws Aren't The Answer

Letter to the Editor: For anyone who has read Alan Cheah’s column, “Thirty Rounds” in the Sierra Star (1/17/13), please consider my response before buying into his imaginary world, absent of all reality. Mr. Cheah spends considerable words having you imagine the senseless deaths of the children in Newtown and how a smaller magazine capacity on his Mom’s gun would ...

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North Fork To Choose Its Citizen Of The Year

NORTH FORK – Someone (or two) will join the ranks of past local luminaries when the town of North Fork bestows upon one of its own, the title of “Citizen of the Year.” The tradition began back in 1979, when the very first designee, Marilyn Coelho, was singled out as someone deserving of recognition. Since then, local residents are given ...

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String Of Burglaries Tied To One Truck

MADERA COUNTY – Sheriff John Anderson credits a keen-eyed witness for helping the Sheriff’s Office make three arrests — ultimately clearing half a dozen burglaries and even a robbery. All the crimes are believed to be tied to a single truck.

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High-Class Music In A Down-Home Setting

AHWAHNEE – If you’ve never been to a concert at Coolwater Ranch, it’s time to treat yourself to an evening of world-class music in a down-home yet elegant setting. Grammy-winning guitarist Mike Dowling will be performing at Coolwater on Saturday, Jan. 19. at 7 p.m. Dowling draws inspiration from American roots guitar. Bottleneck blues, vintage swing and ragtime are just ...

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DUI Drivers Will Face Tougher Prosecution

MADERA – Thousands of families are devasted every year through the actions of those who choose to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The District Attorney’s office now has more ammunition to fight back. The District Attorney for Madera County has been awarded a $136,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. The grant is to be ...

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