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Slickrock Slam Dunk: 10 Minarets Student Films Advance to Finals

By Johanna Ziegler, student journalist for Minarets Press O’NEALS — Minarets may still be a young school, but it has already established itself as a champion for its Media Program. This reputation is reaffirmed following the recent announcement of the SlickRock Student Film Festival’s annual “Final Fives.” Slickrock is a student-oriented film festival with over 14 categories available for high ...

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Meet the Minarets Class of 2020 Valedictorians

By Janine Alven, student journalist for Minarets Press O’NEALS — Despite our current circumstances regarding the pandemic, four students from the 2020 graduating class have persevered and been named valedictorians. With their exemplary work and determination, seniors Mackenzie Camacho, Joseph Langley, Autumn Pecarovich and Synovia Wold have earned the honor of being valedictorians. Mackenzie Camacho Camacho explained, “I set becoming ...

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2020 Census Shows Communities Not Just Geographic Locations

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Article reprinted with permission from census.gov. This story is part of an occasional series on the important community benefits that come from responding to the 2020 Census. Whether you live in a metropolis or a tiny crossroads, in the suburbs or on a boat sailing from port to port, responding to the 2020 Census is critical for your community. But ...

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Martinez Responds to Gov’s Executive Order on Upcoming Election

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MADERA  — Rebecca Martinez, Madera County clerk-recorder and registrar of voters, has responded to Governor Gavin Newsome’s executive order, issued on May 8, regarding the November 3 General Election. “The Governor’s action requires that all registered voters be issued a vote by mail ballot for the upcoming general election,” Martinez saaid. “This will be business as usual for Madera County ...

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Celebration of Life for Bill Snigar

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William “Bill” Daniel Snigar passed away at the age of 80 on April, 29, 2020. Bill was born April 9, 1940, in Nicholson, PA. Bill lived in Coarsegold for 25 years. He passed away at home from natural causes surrounded by his loving wife Becky Snigar and family. He loved motorcycles, cooking, camping, bowling, hiking and backpacking in the Sierra ...

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Influx of Visitors Pressuring Public Facilities at Bass Lake

BASS LAKE — Warmer weather and pent-up desire to be outdoors spurred by two months of quarantining has drawn larger crowds than usual to Bass Lake this month, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office.But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, public restrooms at the popular recreation spot have been closed and trash service suspended. So MCSO has stepped in to ...

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Celebrating Minarets Seniors with a ‘Stampede’

By Hailey Carlton, student journalist for Minarets Press O’NEALS — With the ongoing pandemic and school closures, seniors are missing out on all of the fun end of the year senior activities, including prom, grad night, the senior assembly — and even an in-person graduation ceremony. To try and make these seniors feel special, senior Rebecca Townsend came up with ...

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A Different Kind of ‘Law Day Yosemite’ This Year

By Carol Moses The Law Day Yosemite 2020 celebration was scheduled to be held May 8 at the Curry Village Amphitheater in Yosemite Valley. Law Day is like a holiday for attorneys… it is a national day to celebrate the Rule of Law and its contributions to the freedoms Americans enjoy. May 8 was last Friday. Yosemite National Park is ...

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Organizers Seek Volunteers for Annual ‘Avenue of Flags’ Salute

OAKHURST — The Marine Corps League in Oakhurst together with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Association will be hosting the annual Avenue of the Flags for Memorial Day (May 25) at Oakhill Cemetery. “We are seeking veterans and their families to help us put the flags up at 7 a.m. and take them down at 16:00,” said Maryann Enciso, the ...

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Celebration of Life for Karen Thomas

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Karen Thomas died April 12, 2020, at the age of 82. She grew up at Bass Lake and attended Sierra High School and Fresno State. She was a children’s librarian in Oakland, CA for many years. She is survived by her daughter Margaret and son-in-law Dave, grandchildren Karen and Thomas and sister Loretta.

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