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CHP Officer Kaci Lutz Heads Back Out On Patrol

OAKHURST — Many mountain area residents know CHP Officer Kaci Lutz from taking her classes at the Oakhurst Area CHP Office. Her Age Well, Drive Smart classes always filled up early, and teens got a good start behind the wheel at her Start Smart classes. In a few weeks, Officer Lutz will be passing the baton to a new Public ...

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Prescribed Burning Continues On Bass Lake Ranger District

OAKHURST – Sierra National Forest officials continue to implement the winter/spring burning program within the Bass Lake Ranger District. Projects will consist of two activities: pile burning, and understory burning. Prescribed fire is used to remove fuels created during tree mortality, timber harvest, and reforestation. The removal of these fuels provides a benefit by reducing the potential of a wildfire ...

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Winery-Sage: Stuck On Wine Tasting In Lodi

By Karen and Ken Geiszler, Winery-Sage.com —  It’s hard to take a wine region seriously when its claims to fame were the birthplace of A&W Root Beer and the Creedence Clearwater Revival song, Lodi. For most of the 20th century Lodi had the stigma of being a “box or bulk” wine producer. The region still produces 20 percent of the wine ...

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Wandering The Madera Wine Trails Weekend

MADERA COUNTY — Wine and chocolate tasters enjoyed the 16th annual Madera Wine Trail’s Wine and Chocolate offerings last weekend, traveling to eight Madera County wineries over two spectacular days to enjoy local award-winning wines. Birdstone Winery, Fasi Estate Winery, Ficklin Winery, Idle Hour Winery, Papagni Wines, San Joaquin Wine Co., Toca Madera Winery, and Westbrook Wine Farm participated. Tasters ...

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Minarets Link Crew Supports Middle School Transition

O’NEALS — With the school year rushing by, eighth graders throughout the Central Valley are preparing for a daunting event: freshmen year. As a way to help and support the seventh and eighth graders at Spring Valley and North Fork Elementary Schools during their transition into high school, Minarets has implemented Link Crew as a part of the Leadership class ...

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Dream It, Be It: Soroptimist Instills Success For Girls

OAKHURST — It was a landmark day for local girls and women as Soroptimist International of The Sierras held their 3rd Annual ‘Dream It – Be It’ Career Conference on at the Oakhurst Community Center, with more than 60 registered from 8th to 12th grade for the free all day event. “The positive response to this year’s Dream It, Be ...

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Felony Arrest for Criminal Threats in Oakhurst

OAKHURST – An Oakhurst man was arrested on Tuesday by sheriff’s deputies after threatening to kill his family, according to the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. On Feb. 13, at approximately 7:55 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for service in the 50000 block of Road 620 regarding a male subject who was shooting a gun outside his home ...

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School Safety: ALICE And The Ultimate Game Of Hide And Seek

OAKHURST — Four-hundred-plus kids and you couldn’t hear one of them. In what’s referred to as “the ultimate game of hide and seek,” that’s how we want it. At Oakhurst Elementary School (OES) last week, students in grades K-5 were called to the expansive multi-purpose room for a singular purpose: to practice a safety drill in which they would shelter ...

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Minarets Press: Suicide Awareness Week

It’s time to discuss a very serious topic: Suicide. It goes without saying that there are many stressful things we go through in life and it can be especially hard for teenagers in high school. With all of life’s difficulties, everyone goes through low points in their lives, even if it’s not the same for each and every person. Stress, ...

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Urgent Need For Volunteer Drivers For Cancer Patients

Written by Karen Kale —  MOUNTAIN AREA — We are in need of more volunteer drivers in Madera County, especially from the foothill communities. It is estimated 600 residents will be diagnosed with cancer this year in Madera County, and for many of them getting to treatments can be their biggest roadblock. A successful transportation assistance program can be a ...

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