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YHS Wins Academic Decathlon, Chawanakee Second

MADERA COUNTY – Yosemite High School won the 2014 Academic Decathlon held on Feb. 1 for the 21st consecutive year. Chawanakee Academy took second, and Chowchila Union came in third. The Academic Decathlon team from Yosemite High School will go on to compete in the California Academic Decathlon State Finals on March 21-23 in Sacramento. Yosemite High School scored 35,051.9 ...

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Free Workshop On Preserving Food

MADERA COUNTY – Madera County Master Gardeners will host an event for home gardeners on how to plant and grow summer vegetables and preserve food, on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to noon. This free workshop is presented by Master Gardeners John Bryan and Barbara Mattice.

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Where To Go When The Bank Says No

FRESNO – The reality is that many businesses are not able to qualify for a traditional commercial loan from a bank. The Valley Small Business Development Corporation is hosting a workshop that will present strategies, options and alternative sources for you to consider in your pursuit of business financing. This workshop is designed for businesses that are up and running. ...

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Audubon Program Features UCM Natural Reserve

MARIPOSA – The University of California at Merced now boasts a newly designated natural reserve. Last month the UC Board of Regents approved the formal addition of UC Merced’s Vernal Pool and Grassland Reserve to the university’s Natural Reserve System. At 756,000 acres, it is the largest university-administered reserve system in the world. The new UCM reserve, one of 39 ...

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Cal Fire Lifts Burn Restrictions

EASTERN MADERA COUNTY – Due to the recent rainfall, CAL FIRE has lifted the burn suspension for the State Responsibility Area within Eastern Madera County as of 12 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30. Hazard reduction burning in Eastern Madera County will be allowed with a valid San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District permit. The following guidelines are required when ...

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Help Finish The Fight Against Cancer

Letter to the Editor from Tami Michel Thanks to your support, the American Cancer Society is leading the way in the fight to end cancer, from discovering lifesaving cancer breakthroughs to helping people with cancer receive the support and resources they need to get well and stay well. Every year, the Society provides more than 16,500 cancer patients rides from ...

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Local Drought Emergency Declared In Madera County

MADERA COUNTY – The Board of Supervisors today voted unanimously to declare a local drought emergency in Madera County, following Governor Brown declaration of a statewide emergency on Jan. 17. The resolution will allow the County to apply for state and federal assistance in dealing with the economic hardships expected to result from the ongoing drought.

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Michael Keitz Seeks Re-Election As DA

MADERA COUNTY – District Attorney Michael Keitz has announced his plans to seek another four-year term. Keitz says he is optimistic about the future, although the recent recession, countywide budget cutbacks, and the early release of inmates through prison realignment has brought unprecedented challenges to his office. “Crime did not go down during the recent economic recession, in fact, it ...

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Join This Adventure To French Countryside

MADERA COUNTY – You are invited to join a fabulous trip of history and beauty sponsored by the Coarsegold Historical Society and hosted by experienced travelers Jack and Kay Good. Leaving on Mar. 14, 2015, (not 2014) from Fresno and returning Mar. 25, the trip includes 10 nights on a deluxe river boat with visits to many historic towns and ...

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Cal Fire Asks Homeowners To Prepare Early For Fire Season

Drought conditions lead to early need of Defensible Space around homes SACRAMENTO – In just the first three weeks of January, CAL FIRE has already responded to a significant increase in wildfires this winter due to the extremely dry conditions. As a result, CAL FIRE officials are reminding residents to ensure they are maintaining 100 feet of Defensible Space; a ...

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