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Sierra Oakhurst Kiwanis Awards $10K in Educational Mini Grants

OAKHURST — The Sierra Oakhurst Kiwanis Club has awarded nearly $10,000 in “mini grants” to 15 local recipients. The official check presentations took place Tuesday in Oakhurst. A handful of Chawanakee School District teachers received mini grants to the fund the purchases of everything from science project equipment to musical instruments. Three teachers at Oakhurst Elementary also were awarded mini ...

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Two Arrested for Criminal Conspiracy, Theft in Oakhurst

OAKHURST — A sharp-eyed sheriff’s deputy spoiled two thieves’ gambling spree — and saved the holiday season for one local store. The incident began around 6 p.m. on Saturday when Madera County Sheriff’s Deputy Charlie Robertson responded to a call for service at a business in the 40000 block of Highway 49 where the owner had reported the theft of ...

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A Gift of Joy for Dialysis Patients: The Sunflower Project

O’NEALS — Rebecca Townsend’s Senior Legacy Project is all about honoring the legacy of her grandmother Christine. The Minarets High student — via her “Sunflower Project” — has set out to raise money for the Kidney Foundation as well as to make blankets and fistula band covers for patients undergoing dialysis treatment. Townsend said she chose to focus her project ...

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Dining, Snow Play and New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Bass Lake

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MOUNTAIN AREA — The Sierra Nevada is beautiful when dusted in fresh snow and Badger Pass Ski Area is the perfect place to learn to ski and snowboard.  Yosemite’s stars shine bright during the holiday season. Experience an old tradition – Christmas. On Dec. 25, Christmas dining abounds, beginning with breakfast, then lunch and continues until the last sugar plumb ...

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Minarets Boys Soccer Pushes Through Cold Night

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By Derek Ray, student journalist for Minarets Press O’NEALS — The Minarets Boys Soccer team had their most recent home game Dec. 10 against Riverdale High School. The Mustangs Varsity Team worked very hard during the game, but unfortunately left the stadium with a 6-2 loss against the Cowboys. Due to the Mustangs fall to Riverdale, they are now 1-3-2, ...

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Legal Notice of Election: Raymond/Knowles Union School District Bond Measures

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RAYMOND-KNOWLES — Notice is hereby given to the qualified electors of the Raymond-Knowles Union School District of Madera County, California, that in accordance with the provisions of the Elections Code of the State of California, an election will be held on March 3, 2020 within the District, at which election the following measures shall be submitted to the qualified electors ...

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To Trash or Not to Trash, That is the Question

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OAKHURST — Fourth grade students at Oakhurst Elementary School were recently invited to participate in the Zero Landfill Initiative through NatureBridge in Yosemite National Park. The initiative is composed of various organizations such as Subaru of America, The Yosemite Conservancy, the National Parks Conservation Association and the National Park Service. The initiative is only being carried out at three national ...

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Yosemite Unified School District Becomes District of Choice

MADERA COUNTY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — The Yosemite Unified School District has changed its inter-district transfer process. Starting now, parents can request admission to Yosemite Unified schools for their students without first having to get approval from their home district. This new process comes with new deadlines. Applications must be received by Jan. 1, 2020. Applications and instructions are available at ...

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New Oakhurst Restaurant Cooking Up ‘Fresh’ Breakfast, Lunch Specials

OAKHURST — Bread Head Kitchen opened earlier this year after Nikko Mizuno and her two partners purchased the former Pop’s Family diner, located adjacent to Subway just across Highway 41 from the Visitor Center. The partners, all veterans of the local restaurant scene, renovated the interior and re-branded the restaurant, with an emphasis on being a “fresh food kitchen.” “We’re ...

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Golden Chain Theatre Presents A Christmas Story – The Musical

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OAKHURST — The Golden Chain Theatre is presenting “A Christmas Story,” a holiday classic centering on a mischievous and bespectacled boy, Ralphie, who dreams of getting a BB-gun for Christmas. In the weeks before the big holiday, Ralphie, his friends and his family get into all kinds of situations — including run-ins with a bully with “yellow eyes,” a tongue ...

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