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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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Bike Giveaway Draws Hundreds to Coarsegold Community Center

COARSEGOLD — G’Ma and Pappa’s Motorcycle Apparel shop hosted its 4th annual “Christmas in the Mountains Bicycle Giveaway” on Saturday morning outside the Coarsegold Community Center. At the popular event, nearly 300 area underprivileged children — from toddlers to teenagers — got an early Christmas present — a brand new bike. The children and their parents also enjoyed a free ...

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Extreme Registration: Creating Opportunities, One Student at a Time

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CLOVIS — Is it your New Year’s Resolution to go back to college or start college? Attend Extreme Registration and tuition may be FREE! Take general education class for transfer, short-term training programs, or earn an Associate Degree. There is still time to register for the spring semester, which starts Monday, Jan. 13. Extreme Registration will be held at Clovis ...

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Timber! New Axe Throwing Club Opening in Oakhurst

OAKHURST — Local timber sports superstar Nate Hodges is opening a new club in Oakhurst called Yosemite Axe Throwing. “I’m hoping to open this weekend but with the end of the year and holidays approaching, it’s taking longer than I anticipated to bind an insurance policy,” Hodges told SNO this week. The new club, which features nine individual throwing lanes, ...

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MCSO Detective Recognized for ‘Excellence’ by Supervisors

MADERA — At this week’s Madera County Board of Supervisors meeting — the final board meeting of 2019 — Madera County Sheriff’s Detective Manuel Chavez was recognized with the 2019 Chairman’s Culture of Excellence Award. Detective Chavez was nominated by the Victim Services team at the Madera County Community Action Partnership (CAPMC) for the “vital role” he plays in serving ...

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