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Bobby Macaulay to Explore Possible run for Madera County Supervisor District 5 Currently Held by Tom Wheeler

OAKHURST – Bobby Macaulay is excited to announce he has received approval from the State of California to explore a run for Madera County District Five County Supervisor, the seat currently held by Tom Wheeler.  He has put together a team of local leaders to advise and help him make that decision. Supervisor Wheeler has said this will be his ...

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Mountain Area High Schools Participate in Madera County Academic Decathalon

MADERA COUNTY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES – The 39th Madera County Academic Decathlon and the first virtual competition had 7 schools competing on February 6, 2021 in the 10 event competition answering questions based on the topic “The Cold War.” Madera High South High School was the overall winner with our own Glacier High School Charter coming in second only 51.7 points behind ...

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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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Supervisor Wheeler February Town Hall to Discuss Emergency Services

NORTH FORK – District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting via Zoom to discuss, Emergency Services, “what to expect in an emergency.” Joining supervisor Wheeler will be a host of Madera County Emergency Services Representatives including, Sheriff Pogue, Fire Chief Beery, Katrina Poitras from Red Cross and many others. Everybody should zoom in to learn and ...

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40 Teachers … $100,000 dollars … an O’Neals Winner

O’NEALS – Teachers in California were asked to submit their innovative teaching ideas the week of January 11 for an opportunity to win State Farm ® Teacher Assist grants. Two hundred submissions were accepted and reviewed. Forty California teachers were selected based on the programs they described and will each receive a $2,500 grant to implement or support their classroom ...

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Mountain Area Home Sales 2020

Submitted by Ed Bailey Realty  MADERA COUNTY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES – A look at mountain area home Sales in 2020 compared with 2019, (including Oakhurst, Bass Lake, North Fork, Wawona, Yosemite West, Ahwahnee, Coarsegold, Raymond, O Neals, and Wishon)* 710 mountain area homes were sold in 2020, compared to 589 in 2019, an increase of 21 percent. The median price was ...

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Mono Winds Wreak Havoc Across Mountain Community

MADERA COUNTY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES – Our mountain community was warned the Mono Winds would begin around 7 p.m. on Monday evening the 18th of January as PG&E planned PSPS in the areas that held the greatest risk. The night sky was clear, stars sparkled as the winds began to blow through the mountain slopes and canyons with a fierce rage ...

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A Grinchy Way To Celebrate The Holidays

Submitted by Donovan Enriam, Student Journalist for Minarets Press “Am I just eating because I’m bored?” — The Grinch. I think lately many of us can relate to this, but in the spirit of Christmas and boredom, why not make some grinchy brownies? These fudgy chocolate brownies, coated in minty green ganache and sprinkled with crunchy mint oreos and tiny ...

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