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Keeping Up with Minarets Key Club

By Janine Alven, student journalist for Minarets Press O’Neals — Over the last few months, the Minarets Key Club has been involved in numerous events. In fact, Key Club members have participated in forty-five events and have completed 769 hours of community service. Some of these events include Homecoming, Breakfast with Santa and the Kiwanis St. Patrick’s Day Bingo. Current ...

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OES: ‘We’re All In This Together’

Editor’s note: SNO received the following update this week from Oakhurst Elementary: OAKHURST — The teachers and staff at Oakhurst Elementary School are trying to bring light to the dark shadow that COVID-19 has spread across our town. Since the school’s closure on March 13th, the staff has done some amazing things to keep spirits high. We started off by ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Where, When and How to Transplant New Seedlings

Picture of plants in a greenhouse.

By Bob Labozetta, UC Master Gardener, Mariposa MARIPOSA — So you’ve started your seeds in pots or trays and they have sprouted. Now what? When it’s too early to transplant seedlings out into the garden, but they’re too big to remain in their first containers (or your seedlings are crowding each other), you need to transplant them into bigger pots ...

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Sign of the Times: Drive-Thru Church

OAKHURST — Adapting to changing times spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, many mountain community churches are offering creative alternatives to conventional prayer services. For Christ Church Anglican in Oakhurst, that has meant live-streaming “virtual” services on their Facebook followed by “drive-thru” communion. Madera County eased certain social distancing restrictions last week to accommodate the faith community. Christ Church has been ...

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CHP Reminds Residents May is ‘Bicycle Safety’ Month

OAKHURST — Throughout May — National Bicycle Safety Month — the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) are joining forces to remind everyone to share the road “safely and courteously.” Since the “stay-at-home” directive brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, many people in California have taken to their bicycles for exercise and a change of scenery. ...

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Yosemite High Cross Country Team Hosting ‘Virtual Race’

OAKHURST — The Yosemite High School cross country team is hosting a virtual run/walk that participants can do at home — or anywhere in the world — any time they like until May 24. To participate, just sign up here and then give proof of your best run or walk between May 3 and May 24. Proceeds from the virtual ...

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Celebration of Life for Brenda Cordes

Editor’s Note: Brenda Cordes passed away in March. Those of you who knew her, and many did, will not be surprised to learn that she wrote her own obituary. Here is what she wrote: “If I Should Die Before I Wake, I Pray the Lord my Soul to Take Brenda lived her life her way…giving of loving kindness, being with ...

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The History Mystery #86: Mammoth Orange

Picture of Mammoth Orange Food Stand.

By Dan Carrion, E Clampus Vitus Historian One of the Valley’s most famous landmarks was located on Highway 99 at Fairmead. The “Mammoth Orange,” and its sister across the highway the “Whoa Boy Giant Orange,” served voyagers on Highway 99 for over 50 years. The Whoa Boy was built in 1941 on the west side of Highway 99 near the ...

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Mariposa County Issues COVID-19 Update

MARIPOSA — Mariposa County officials issued this update late Thursday afternoon following their report earlier in the day of two more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mariposa County: As Mariposa County continues to follow the State Health Officer Order, our Department, other County Offices and the Board of Supervisors, continue to advocate to the State to allow a regional approach ...

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FDA Offers Tips for Keeping Pets Safe During Pandemic

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — You have probably seen and heard a lot about the coronavirus — and how to keep you and your family safe. But what about the other, furrier members of the family — your pets? Here’s the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s answers to some questions that will help keep you, your family, and your pets safe during ...

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