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John C. Fremont Healthcare District Awarded Four-Star Rating

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MARIPOSA — John C. Fremont Healthcare District today announced that it has received an overall rating of four out of five stars from Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The four-star rating is an improvement compared to last year and is a result of the district’s commitment of giving patients access to high-quality healthcare services to help them improve their health ...

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Recipe of the Week: Meringue Nests with Strawberries & Cream

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It’s tough to top the joy of an Easter morning spent celebrating with family, enjoying a delicious brunch or snacking on sweet treats. With warmer weather and bright sunshine comes plenty of opportunities to enjoy favorite recipes. Celebrating the occasion with eggs can bring loved ones together in the kitchen and beyond, from crafting classic desserts to serving up new ...

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Mariposa County to Distribute Mosquito Fish

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MARIPOSA — Mariposa County Environmental Health is preparing for this year’s mosquito fish distribution. Mosquito fish, also known as Gambusia affinis, are an excellent and natural way to control mosquito larvae without having to resort to dangerous chemicals or insecticides. A large female mosquito fish is capable of devouring hundreds of mosquito larvae in a single day. The team will be ...

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UCCE to Offer Rangeland And Livestock Management Training

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — The University of California, Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Livestock & Natural Resources advisor for Mariposa & Merced Counties, Fadzayi Mashiri, in collaboration with three colleagues, is hosting a 2-day training course for ranchers and land managers. The training will be held on May 5 and 6, 2022, in the UCCE Merced office classroom on 2145 Wardrobe Avenue, Merced, ...

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YARTS Reservations for 2022 Summer Season Now Available

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YOSEMITE – Reservations for the 2022 summer season are now open for trips to Yosemite National Park aboard the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS), which operates a year-round coach service from Merced and Mariposa to Yosemite, but will transition to an expanded summer schedule beginning May 16, 2022. Seasonal summer service begins from Sonora and Groveland on May 16 ...

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PG&E Warns of Increase in Scams Targeting Customers

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Customers Should Stay Vigilant to Recognize and Avoid Scams as Vulnerable, Seniors, Low-Income Families, non-English Speakers and Small Business Owners are Often Targeted OAKLAND — With just a few days left until the 2021 tax year filing deadline on April 18, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is warning customers to protect themselves from an increase in scams involving people posing ...

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Math Whizzes Shine in Madera County Math Tournament

MADERA — Mountain Home School Charter’s 7th grade team and Sherman Thomas STEM Academy’s 8th grade team won first place in the overall Madera County Math Tournament on Friday, April 8, in their respective competitions. Ranchos Middle School came in second place in the overall 7th grade math competition and Oak Creek Intermediate School placed third. Dairyland Elementary School’s 8th ...

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Madera Community College to Host “Ukraine UP CLOSE”

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Madera Community College is inviting the community to attend the virtual event “Ukraine UP CLOSE.” Date and Time: April 20, from noon – 1:30 p.m. Virtual Event: Join on Zoom at scccd.zoom.us/s/96976193863 Featured Speaker: Dr. Nataliia Kasianenko Dr. Nataliia Kasianenko grew up in Eastern Ukraine, 20 miles from the Russian border. When the attack on her parents’ hometown of Kharkiv ...

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Passover Celebrations in the Mountain Community

NORTH FORK—While Christians celebrate Easter this year on April 17, Jews will already have embarked on their celebration of Passover, called Pesach in Hebrew.  This holiday, whose traditions have been passed down from grandfather to father to son for generations, recounts the Exodus of Jews from Egyptian slavery. It has been called the Festival of Liberation and is one of ...

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Small Town Attitude, Big Resources

OAKHURST—Premier Valley Bank prides itself on its small-town feel and approach to doing business. Many of its customers have banked there since its inception as Yosemite Bank back in 1977. A misconception seems to circulate among some local residents that when Yosemite Bank changed its branding to Premier Valley Bank, ownership had changed. This is not true. Ownership, local leadership ...

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