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Take Your Trash Home — I Shouldn’t Have To Clean Up After You!

Written by Mary Schmidt Odell — I am NOT your mother and I shouldn’t have to clean up after you. Take your trash home. Members of the Sierra Freepackers Unit of BCHC (Backcountry Horsemen of California) spent Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 5 at the Snow Play Area just north of Fish Camp, working and playing.  Backcountry Horsemen are a ...

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Letter To The Editor: Madera County Citizens Face 2.4 Million Debt

To The Editor: The County Board of Supervisors has encumbered the citizens of Madera County with a $2.4 Million debt by applying for a grant to purchase 954 acres known as Blackhawk Ranch. Consisting of 8 separate parcels, the property is located on Highway 41 south of the Yosemite Lakes entrance on the West side of Highway 41. The grant ...

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New Food Labels Are Good For Consumers

Written by Virginia Eaton — For the first time since 1996 the FDA has updated the requirements for the type of information that should appear on food labels and how that information should look. This is a boon for consumers who have been inundated with information about what is healthy and what is harmful but, when you pick up a ...

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Register Now For Bass Lake Yosemite Triathlon

Written by Therese Williams — OAKHURST – Excitement is building up as preparations are under way and registrations are being accepted for the sixth annual Bass Lake Yosemite Triathlon, set for Saturday, June 4. Bass Lake is located in the Sierra National Forest about 20 minutes south of Yosemite National Park, and creates a picturesque triathlon rivaled by few. Triathletes ...

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Squirrel Cage Theatre Co. Presents Spring Fling

NORTH FORK — Squirrel Cage Theatre Co.’s Spring Fling will be presented on Friday and Saturday, Apr. 29 and 30, at the North Fork Town Hall. This year’s event will celebrate the return of the rain to the central Sierra, featuring music to lift the spirit and welcome the burgeoning of spring. Janice Noga will serve as the evening’s emcee, ...

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Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

Guest Column submitted by Lowell Young —  In July of 2014, my wife, Sue, and I contracted with Alltrade Construction, which is owned by Eric Weihe, to paint our house and outbuildings. Due to circumstances that we could not control, Mr. Weihe’s crew didn’t begin to painting our house until late October of that year and they didn’t finish until ...

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Letter To The Editor: Madera County Needs Austin Quarry

To the Editor: Vulcan Materials Company’s aggregates are indeed vital to the growth and vitality of Madera County. Many people are unaware that all roads, hospitals, buildings, and highways that we use every day would not exist without large quantities of the aggregates needed to build them. In a letter to the editor on April 8, a writer repeated misinformation ...

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Letter to the Editor – We Don’t Need Vulcan Quarry

To the Editor — We get slick fliers from Vulcan Materials praising their proposed Austin Quarry near the corner of Routes 41 and 145, and ads claiming that “Vulcan is vital.” Do people in this area have any idea how NON-vital Vulcan is? Independent reports tell the true story: In our drought-prone region, this quarry is totally inappropriate! It would ...

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When The World Began To Change: Diagnosed At 31 With ALS

Written By Alicia Arce — I am writing today to tell you a heart wrenching story that needs to be heard by others, in order to spread awareness. Let me start by explaining that my brother-in-law David is truly a wonderful person, someone I have looked up to and admired. He has always been an extremely hard worker, and is ...

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New Campaign to Stop “Fukushima Freeways”

To the Editor: Some 1600 nuclear waste shipments would cross California, if plans for the country’s first nuclear waste repository in Nevada move forward. The proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository is about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas and about 25 miles east of Death Valley National Park. This week, the Nuclear Information and Resource Service released maps of ...

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