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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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Pet of the Week: Charlie the Dog

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Hello, I’m Charlie. I could give you a glowing report about what a perfect little guy I am, but since I am also humble I will let my foster Mom sing my praises when you call about me. I am a 10-year-old Cocker mix and just the perfect size for a lap. I like everyone…big people, little people, dogs and even cats are OK. My foster Mom takes me for a long ...

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PG&E Customer Advisory

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With Billing and Payment Scams on the Rise During the Pandemic, PG&E Reminds Customers What They Can Do to Protect Themselves SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — With utility scams on the rise during the current pandemic, it is more important than ever for customers to be vigilant and to know what steps to take to prevent themselves or their families from ...

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Slickrock 2021: Minarets Filmmakers Vs a Pandemic

Submitted by Ryan Abner and Molly Smith, Student Journalists for Minarets Press As the deadline for Slick Rock film submissions creeps up on March 12, problems are beginning to surface with the practicality of students trying to create content during lockdowns and the overall pandemic. While students not being able to create exactly what they want isn’t a substantial issue ...

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Celebration of Life for Bette Jean Mertens

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Bette Jean Mertens passed on February 2, 2021, at the age of 88. The youngest of Arthur and Edith Thorson’s ten children, Bette grew up in the small Iowa farm town of Radcliffe. Her passion in high school was basketball, where she excelled as a guard. Bette was so proud of her teammates and their winning record in a season ...

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Hiking From Briceburg Up The Burma Grade: Exploring Old Roads and Goods Gulch Mine

Old dirt roads led me along the Merced River, by old mines, wildflowers, views, a singing frog and the Love Shack. Starting at Briceburg, I walked up the Burma Road switchbacks then beyond. Where: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Merced River Recreation Management AreaDistance: About 15 miles roundtrip but you can go shorter or longerDifficulty: Moderate to StrenuousElevation Range: 1,138′ ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Winter’s Retreat

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YOSEMITE — Yosemite in the winter offers far less-crowded, and frequently more dramatic views of its landscape than in other seasons. The colder weather of winter keeps many visitors away, but the lack of foliage on deciduous trees can provide more open views. In the linked panoramic image, photographed adjacent to Southside Drive, one can see Lower Cathedral Rock with ...

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Irish Potato Bread for St. Patrick’s Day

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Recipe of the Week: A delicious Irish Potato Bread recipe to help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. From hearty stews to minty pies, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are all about enjoying the flavors of the holiday. Whether you’re cooking up a full meal or simply serving appetizers, this Irish Potato Bread makes for a simple, tasty snack to feed your ...

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Gift Cards Are an Increasingly Popular Tool for Scammers, BBB Study Finds

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FRESNO — Gift cards have become a multibillion-dollar industry, a gift that always fits and stands up to social distancing. Worldwide, consumers spent billions on gift cards last year. However, that total comes with an asterisk — it includes the gift cards on which scammers increasingly rely to extract payment from their victims. An in-depth investigative study by Better Business ...

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Celebration of Life for Kathleen Ruth David

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Kathleen Ruth David, also known as Kathy, Momma, Grandma, Kate, JD’s wife, and Sister #3 was a feisty, hard working, fun-loving, selfless person who always put others needs ahead of her own. Her love for life and her resiliency to keep going no matter what life threw at her was extraordinary. Momma was born Christmas Day in Upland, California. In ...

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