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Student: ‘Amazing’ Minarets Teachers, Staff ‘Rising to Challenge’

By Joseph Langley, student journalist for Minarets Press O’NEALS — After a year of hard work, dedication, and growth, everything stopped. One week, everyone was still going to school. The next week, they weren’t. This, of course, came as a shocking change to the lives of everyone at Minarets, including the teachers. They had to make the transition to teaching ...

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Minarets’ Student Hunter Ahrens Earns Eagle Scout Honor

O’NEALS — Working since he was nine years-old, now eighteen-year-old and senior Hunter Ahrens has earned the honor of Eagle Scout. Hunter started as a Cub Scout in 2011, as a Bear, then he went to Bobcat, and then earned his Arrow of Light Award. He then joined the Boy Scout troop at ten and half and worked his way ...

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2020 Bass Lake Fishing Derby Cancelled

BASS LAKE — The 2020 Bass Lake Fishing Derby has been canceled, according to a press release issued Wednesday. “We were really hoping to go through with the Fishing Derby this year but had to consider the health and safety of participants, Bass Lake and our mountain community,” said Michelle Miller, owner of Miller’s Landing Resort. “Even though this is ...

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Dept. of Corrections Implements New COVID-19 Protection Measures

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on Tuesday introduced additional measures to protect staff and inmates at the state’s institutions from the spread of COVID-19. The measures will increase both capacity and physical space at the state’s prisons, which will allow the department to increase physical distancing, and assist it with isolation and quarantine efforts for ...

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Officials: South Entrance to YNP Closing Overnight

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — National Park Service officials announced Tuesday afternoon that the South Entrance to Yosemite is now “closed to all entry nightly from 10 p.m to 6 a.m.” The entrance gate is staffed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and open during those hours to park employees, residents and property owners with proof of residency/employment. Yosemite National Park ...

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COVID-19 Altering Students’ Lives: ‘We’re All in Same Boat’

By Johanna Ziegler, student journalist for Minarets Press O’NEALS — Almost 90 percent of the worldwide student population is out of school according to recent reports from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. In other words, more than 1.5 billion students across the planet have been sent home because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. In the United ...

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Minarets’ Class of 2020 ‘Shocked’ by COVID-19

By Katelyn Hough and Autumn Pecarovich, student journalists for Minarets Press O’NEALS — The foundations of Minarets High School’s students’ lives have been shocked this spring. We find ourselves meeting online for classes. Religious worship looks different. Social life is now digital and we are spending much more time with our families. These experiences are magnified for our seniors as ...

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Assemblyman Bigelow: ‘Local Food Banks Need Your Help’

Pictures of food and other vegetables

YOSEMITE — Due to the Shelter-in-Place order issued by Governor Newsom, California’s food banks have experienced an increase in demand and a shortage of volunteers. The California Association of Food Banks, which represents 41 food banks, has estimated that food banks across the state will need $116 million for additional emergency food to satisfy the growing need because of the ...

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DMV Closing All State Field Offices in Response to Pandemic

SACRAMENTO –California’s Department of Motor Vehicles announced late Thursday (March 26) it will be temporarily closing all of its field offices across the state today in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak. All in-office appointments are being canceled for now, and customers are asked to check the DMV’s website for future appointment availability. The DMV plans to shift their field ...

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