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This is Us: Introduction

This is Us is a series of local profiles, with first-person stories about something significant in their lives. It’s a way we can get to know the people in our community on a little deeper level. We have so many fascinating people in our community. In the six years that I’ve lived here, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to ...

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History Mystery #97

Image of an old sign in the woods.

History Mystery #97, Chinchilla Ranches and Mystery Signs in the Madera County Mountain Communities Prepared by Andy Brooks, Raymond Museum volunteer The Chinchilla ranch industry, though short lived by most history standards, had a favorable economic impact on the Madera County mountain area communities. How many ranches were there? What other businesses were created from the Chinchilla ranch industry? Who ...

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Adopt-A-Senior: Class of 2021

Submitted by Jessica McGrail and Priya Cheema, Student Journalists for Minarets Press The “Adopt-a-Senior” event is back up and running for this year’s senior class! As of Feb. 21, 2021, Courtney Herrera, the organizer, has set up a new Facebook group for the Class of 2021 for any senior in the mountain community. For those interested in getting involved, parents ...

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History Mystery #96: The Case of the Forgotten Fire Station

Image of the 1969 Logger's Jamboree Parade.

Submitted by Connie Popelish, North Fork History Group  The people of North Fork have always been big on community spirit! In this 1969 image of participants in the Loggers Jamboree Parade, the Volunteer Fire Station is in the background. The location of the Fire House was Main Street, North Fork, where the library is today. The North Fork History Group ...

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Shining a New Light: Sunroom

Submitted by Jolene Anderson, student journalist for Minarets Press O’NEALS – In January of 2020, three student musicians met together for the first time, forming the band Sunroom. Starting in an actual sunroom, Jayci Coons, Evan Bethel, and Austin Bethel started rehearsing covers of songs such as “Blitzkrieg Bop” by The Ramones and “White Wedding” by Billy Idol. From there, ...

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Rockstar Minarets Coach: Bob Siebenberg

Submitted by Caden Shows and Trever Jobinger, student journalists with Minarets Press O’NEALS – Both old and young alike have or had aspirations of being a rockstar. Although this is not realistic for most, Minarets varsity baseball assistant coach Bob Siebenberg actually was one. Not known to many, Siebenberg was a drummer for the very popular 70s rock band, Supertramp. ...

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Chawanakee Welcomes New Interim Superintendent

Submitted by Marshall Newton, student journalist with Minarets Press O’NEALS – Chawanakee Unified School District has a new Interim-Superintendent: Dr. Stephen Foster. While he may seem new to some, he is actually the former Chawanakee Superintendent and, as explained by principal Daniel Ching, “He was instrumental in the building and design of Minarets.” Dr. Foster will be acting superintendent until ...

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Pet of the Week: Becky the Cat

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Hi, I’m Becky. That is Becky, the black beauty! At only eight months of age, I am not only a sleek, shiny, feline specimen, I am as sweet as pie! And check out these gorgeous golden eyes! No need to say more! Just call to meet me 559-693-1266.

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Valentine’s Day is Almost Here at the Fresno Art Museum

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LAST CHANCE! The Fresno Art Museum (FAM) has some great gifts that would be perfect for giving to that special someone on Valentine’s Day! Click here to see their suggestions. Online ordering and curbside pick-up from The Museum Store is available this Thursday & Friday for your shopping pleasure anytime!          

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