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Sierra Telephone Providing Service for 125 Years

OAKHURST – Sierra Tel takes pride in our rural roots, and this past year we celebrated the 125th Anniversary of Sierra Telephone Company, Inc. The main building block of the Sierra Tel Family began in Mariposa on November 2, 1895, when the Sunset Telephone Company, with the help of subscriptions totaling $2,000 from Mariposa residents, completed a line from Merced ...

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2021 Sierra Tel Directory Focuses on the History of Sierra Telephone

OAKHURST – Sierra Tel, serving both Madera County Mountain Communities and Mariposa County, shared that its 2021 telephone directory is in celebration of the 125th Anniversary of Sierra Telephone, the main building block of the Sierra Tel Family. The 360 page directory tells the story of the beginnings of the company many years ago with the assistance of the local ...

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Solo Car Accident in O’Neals Results in Fatality

NORTH FORK – At approximately 8:40 am on Thursday Dec. 17th a solo car accident on Road 200 / Walker Grade in O’Neal’s, claimed the life of 53 year old George Sanchez of North Fork. Sanchez, driving a 2002 Toyota was travelling westbound on Road 200 at approximately 60 MPH. There was heavy rain fall with light traffic as Sanchez was ...

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Celebration of Life for Marilyn Ekstrum-Fate

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Marilyn Ekstrum-Fate went home to Heaven on December 2, 2020. She was born in Minneapolis, MN, in 1936 and began her walk of faith in her youth. She attended high school and business college in Minnesota and lived there until 1956. She moved to Inglewood, California, in the summer of 1956 and worked for North American Aviation where she met ...

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Pizza Factory North Fork Has a New Owner

NORTH FORK, Calif. – Pizza Factory announced its newest franchise owner, James Silva, who has a long history with the neighborhood pizzeria concept. From throwing dough in the kitchen to managing operations at his college town’s Pizza Factory in Fowler, Silva is now transitioning into restaurant ownership, taking over operations at the existing North Fork restaurant and following the previous owner’s ...

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Small Local Businesses Raise Over $26,000 for Creek Fire Victims

MADERA COUNTY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES – A mix of mountain folks came together to raise relief funds for those who lost their homes in the Creek Fire. Spearheading the fundraiser was local business owners Heather & Kim Lawson of Get Deerty/Lawson Studios LLC, and local artist Kirsten Casey of Blue Lotus, along with a mix of mountain folks from Shaver Lake, ...

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Is Minarets Heading the Right Way in Test Scores?

Submitted by Johanna Ziegler, student journalist for Minarets Press O’NEALS – Every year, Minarets juniors, along with high school juniors across the state, sit down to take the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress test (CAASPP). The purpose of the CAASPP test is to provide assessment information to schools and families, highlighting which areas in math and English students ...

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Mariposa County CAL FIRE Burn Permits Not Required

MARIPOSA – On Monday, December 21 at 8 a.m. CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit (MMU) will lift the burn permit requirement in Mariposa County. CAL FIRE burn permits will NOT be required. Open burning will be allowed on “Permissive Burn Days” as established by Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District. MMU would like to remind residents that creating and maintaining 100 ...

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Yosemite High Students Exhibit in Fall Virtual Art Show

OAKHURST – The Yosemite High School (YHS) arts department would like to invite the public to view their fall virtual art show. These works are a compilation of some of the “greatest hits” from the Fall 2020 semester. Click here for a visual journey. YHS arts has been conducting zoom critiques of student work through this distance learning project and ...

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