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North Fork Rancheria Adopts Hazard Mitigation Plan

NORTH FORK – On Feb. 21, the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California officially adopted their Tribal Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The approval of this plan ensures that the North Fork Rancheria continues to be eligible for project grants under FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs, including Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Pre-Disaster ...

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Public Is Invited To North Fork CDC Annual Meeting

NORTH FORK – Everyone is invited to attend the North Fork Community Development Council’s (NFCDC) annual meeting on Monday, Mar. 25, at the Rancheria Community Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with refreshments served by the North Fork Women’s Club. The agenda will include presentations on the NFCDC projects, Proposition 68 grants, the Mill Site ...

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When Exactly Do The Cows Come Home?

COARSEGOLD — A group of neighbors in the River Knolls area are both amused and sometimes bewildered by a small herd of cattle roaming the countryside where, normally, no cows would be. Posts about the cows started appearing on a River Knolls online bulletin board almost four weeks ago, and people figure the cattle must have taken advantage of a ...

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Supervisors OK Snow Line Liquor License, Oakhurst Bar Could Reopen By May

OAKHURST – Plans to reopen Oakhurst’s iconic Snow Line Depot took a giant step forward Tuesday when Madera County supervisors unanimously OK’d a so-called Letter of Public Convenience and Necessity required for the new owner to obtain a liquor license. North Fork’s Jennifer McMillan, who purchased the Snow Line in September 2018, is trying to bring the popular local watering ...

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Reiley And Jake Take The FFA Cake

By Colby Jobinger — O’NEALS — What’s better than one FFA Regional Officer? Two FFA Regional Officers! Two members of Minarets FFA were recently selected to serve on the 2019-2020 Regional Officer team, which is the second highest officer position an FFA member can hold. Junior Reiley Stenberg and sophomore Jake Dowell will assume their respective positions as East-Fresno Madera ...

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Celebration Of Life For Michael “Mike” Mitchell, Sr.

Treasured son, father, grandfather and friend Michael Mitchell, Sr. passed away peacefully on Mar. 4 in Oakhurst. He was loved by many and will be missed by all. Born Mar. 15, 1950 in Mill Valley, Calif., Mike moved to the Sierra Nevada foothills in 1985. His passions always involved being outdoors in nature, and included hunting and shooting, skills he ...

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Minarets Students Prevail Over Teachers In Donkey Basketball

By Jordan Tuttle — O’NEALS — What’s the best way to mix FFA with sports? If your instant answer isn’t, “donkey basketball,” you don’t know what you’re missing! Well, in hindsight, “ram football” also sounds fun, but it would be super difficult to teach the rams to catch. Donkey basketball is an annual event at Minarets High School during FFA ...

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St. Patrick’s Day Safety Takes Planning, Says CHP

SACRAMENTO – The celebrations and parties that may highlight St. Patrick’s Day often lead to tragedy when impaired drivers take to the roads. On Mar. 17, 2018, 1 person was killed and 48 were injured in collisions caused by driving under the influence (DUI) in California, according to CHP officials. Statewide, 131 people were involved in DUI collisions on St. ...

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ACT Dog Of The Week: Handsome Dusty

The Animal Compassion Team (ACT) foster and adoption Dog of the Week for SNO is a sweet and handsome boy who could use a forever home. Dusty is an adorable Cattle Dog mix who’s about two years old. “Hi, I’m Dusty! My foster mom says I probably have some Shepherd or Husky in me, but whatever I am, I sure ...

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New $25M Oakhurst Community College ‘On Schedule,’ Could Open In 2022

OAKHURST – The new $25M Oakhurst Community College Center is quickly taking shape. Late Friday, college officials released an updated project timeline that could have students in classrooms as early as fall of 2022. According to Darin Soukup, director at the Oakhurst Community College Center, construction is now slated to start late next year — and be completed in the ...

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