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John Leal Named SCCCD Board President

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OAKHURST — Board members of State Center Community College District (SCCCD) elected John Leal as board president at the Dec. 17 board meeting. Annalisa Perea was elected vice president and Magdalena Gomez was elected secretary. SCCCD is governed by a board of seven trustees. The executive committee is joined by trustees Richard Caglia, Deborah J. Ikeda, Bobby Kahn, and Eric Payne. ...

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Celebration of Life for Cortland Arthur Johnson

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Cortland Arthur Johnson, born August 13th, 1938, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Elias Arthur Johnson and Nadine Isabel Freed, passed away at the age of 81 in his home in Oakhurst on December 20th, 2019. At the age of nineteen, Cortland enlisted in the Navy, where he served on the USS Stoddard until his last duty assignment on the USS Henderson. ...

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2019: An Eventful Year for Eastern Madera County

MOUNTAIN AREA — From progress on major new public and commercial projects to prosecution of high-profile criminal cases, 2019 was an eventful year in eastern Madera County. As 2020 dawns, here’s a look back at some of this year’s key stories. North Fork’s new roundabout: After several years of heated debate, Madera County’s first public roundabout was approved by the ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log for the Week Ending December 16, 2019

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MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office reports taken locally from Tuesday, December 10, to Monday, December 16, 2019. North Fork Probation Violation On Tuesday, December 10, at 10:00 a.m., deputies responded to Road 200 to attempt to contact a subject that was wanted by Probation for a violation. The subject was contacted and later ...

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‘Outpouring’ of Holiday Spirit Lights Up Community Center

OAKHURST — The Oakhurst Community Center was the setting for the 11th-annual free Christmas dinner  known as “The Outpouring.” The event, which caters to the community, took place Christmas Eve eve — Monday night (Dec. 23) — from 3 p.m. to 7 pm. The all-home-cooked feast also featured live music and a special appearance by Santa Claus, who brought toys ...

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Agriland Funds MCSO’s ‘Operation Random Acts of Kindness’

MADERA — For the fifth consecutive year, Madera County Sheriff’s deputies teamed with Agriland Farming employees to commit “50 Random Acts of Kindness” throughout Madera County, a holiday tradition that for one day allows area law enforcement personnel to hand out money rather than traffic citations. Thanks to a $5,000 donation from Agriland, MCSO deputies on Monday handed out 50 ...

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Minarets Students Rise Up for 2019 Community Day

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By Joseph Langley, student reporter for Minarets Press O’NEALS — For four years now, Minarets has held a Community Day to close out the first semester of the year. This year has been no different. In fact, this year, it was bigger and better than ever. Students all around campus rose up to do something truly magic, and to give back ...

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North Fork Rancheria Awarded $5M Federal Grant to Build Tribal Housing

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NORTH FORK — The North Fork Rancheria’s Indian Housing Authority (NFRIHA) was awarded a $5 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Indian Housing Block Grant Program grant to support infrastructure for 25 new, low-income housing units. The grant award was officially announced last week. “Decent, safe and affordable housing is a scarce and valuable resource for our Tribe ...

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Shhh: Meditation Center ‘Quietly’ Nears 30th Anniversary

NORTH FORK — Nestled in the serenity of the Sierra National Forest outside North Fork, the amazing Burmese architecture of the Vipassana Pagoda stands out — even amid the natural splendor of the Central Sierras. Situated on 109 forested acres, the North Fork Vipassana Meditation Center — which will quietly mark its 30th anniversary next year — hosts students from ...

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Van Loben Sels Takes Helm at CAL FIRE MMU

MARIPOSA – New MMU Unit Fire Chief Mike van Loben Sels has big visions for the three counties and five fire departments he now oversees. During his 26 years with CAL FIRE, van Loben Sels has served many communities but says he’s never lost sight of the “importance” of his own family. “They’ve been fully supportive of this whole job ...

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