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Minarets Glissaders Hike to Eagle Lake

Minarets Glissaders wa-a-a-y up on top of the mountain!

By Joseph Langley and Autumn Pecarovich MINARETS — Huffing and puffing, lugging all of their equipment, the Minarets Glissaders club triumphantly reached Eagle Lake on Friday, Oct. 4. The Glissaders conquered a 2,500-foot ascent in 3.6 miles, through a winding trail full of switchbacks, ending in a final rocky scramble. They stayed at the campsite for two nights, leaving the ...

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Minarets Volleyball Plays in Nike Tournament of Champions in AZ

Minarets Varsity Volleyball Team

By Katelynn Hough (student journalist at Minarets High School) MINARETS — The Minarets Varsity Volleyball team left on Oct. 2 for their five day trip to attend the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Arizona. The team was invited last Spring to attend the tournament and had been fundraising and preparing for eight months. The team left at 4 p.m. ...

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Pet of the Week: Walter the Dog

Hi there friends! I’m Walter! I am one great guy. Not only am I handsome, but I am also smart, frisky, sweet, and lovable! I am about six months old and I recently found myself without a home. Actually I found a safe place, but it is not permanent and I really want a family. If you have time to ...

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Yosemite High Cross Country Runner Breaking Records

OAKHURST — In just her first season of high school competition, Clover Cicoletti, a sophomore at Yosemite High School, is dashing her way to the top of the Central California cross country world. Clover, 15, whose family lives in North Fork, may be a newcomer to cross country but she has attracted a lot of attention at races across the ...

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Celebration of Life for Albert D. Heath Jr. of North Fork

Albert D. Heath Jr. of North Fork

Albert was born on Christmas morning 1934 in Arizona. He was always proud of that. He passed away on October 3, 2019, after a long illness. Albert was pre-deceased by both his parents, son Joel D. Heath, and step-son Gregory Burhans. Albert is survived by his current wife Kay, former wife Anita and their daughters Sharron of San Diego, Deborah ...

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Iconic Oakhurst Saloon Reopens as Snow Line Country Bar

OAKHURST –The Snow Line, one of the area’s most storied watering holes, has reopened. The tequila has been flowing since mid-September, says owner Jennifer McMillan, who purchased the iconic bar and grill property a year ago after it had been shuttered for a number of years. McMillan has rehabbed the Snow Line as an upscale country bar, complete with live ...

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O’Keefe Pleads Guilty in 2016 Homicide of Bonnie Hale

Rebecca Martinez and Sally Moreno announce today 12 felony counts of voter fraud.

MADERA — Mary O’Keefe has pled guilty in the 2016 murder of well-known North Fork resident Bonnie Hale. On Tuesday, Madera County District Attorney Sally Moreno confirmed the news while appearing before the Madera County Board of Supervisors. “The defendant pled to the homicide as well as a first-degree residential burglary and elder abuse on the victim, Bonnie Hale,” Moreno ...

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Fasi Estate Winery: Visionary Success

By Sarah Jackson Special to Sierra News Online COARSEGOLD – How does a serious car accident turn into the American Dream and end in a beautiful winery? The answer is found in Ralph Fasi’s ability to recognize opportunity. Longtime Madera County businessman and entrepreneur Fasi seems to have a history of seizing chance and staying ahead of trends. And a ...

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Celebration of Life for Peter Drost of Oakhurst

From everyone at Sierra News Online, please accept our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Peter Drost.

We are deeply saddened to report that Peter Drost of Oakhurst, California, passed away on September 30, 2019. Peter was born in Musselkanaal, Holland, on September 11, 1947, to John and Betty Drost (Zandbergen.) He came to California with his family in 1955 and grew up in Burbank. As a Marine in the Vietnam War, he was stationed in Hawai’i ...

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Chili Cook Off Spices Up Bandit Town

NORTH FORK — The North Fork Women’s Club held their annual chili cook off Saturday at Bandit Town — and the competition was hot and spicy. “We had 11 entrants this year in the chili competition. It’s one of our biggest cook offs ever,” said Vicki Young, whose been involved with the North Fork Women’s Club for more than a ...

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