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Welcome Dr. Guthrie, Chawanakee Unified’s New Superintendent

By Stevi Valenzuela, Student Journalist for Minarets Press O’NEALS – On April 13, the Chawanakee Unified School District Board of Trustees approved Dr. Marcy Guthrie as the superintendent of the District. Before coming to Chawanakee Unified, Dr. Guthrie served as a general education and special education teacher in Kerman and Fresno Unified, then as principal of George Washington Elementary School ...

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Burn Day Restrictions

Burn Day Restrictions Effective May 1st for Madera and Mariposa Counties  Mariposa – Effective Saturday, May 1, at 8:00 AM, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit suspended all burning below the 2,000-foot elevation in Madera and Mariposa County. Burning is allowed above the 2,000- foot elevation with valid permits only. Burn Permits can be ...

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Wildfire Preparedness Week

CAL FIRE Urges Personal Responsibility in Protecting Against Wildfire – Do Your Part to Protect Your Community – Create Defensible Space and Harden Your Home “Wildfire Preparedness Week” is May 2-8” Sacramento – Being proactive and prepared for wildfire is crucial to making our communities more resilient to the impacts of wildfire. You can dramatically increase your safety and the ...

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How Far Would You Go for a Quality Education?

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Submitted by Trever Jobinger, Student Journalist for Minarets Press O’NEALS – Would it surprise you to know that since 2016, the number of students living in local valley towns, such as Fresno and Madera, who choose to attend Minarets has vastly increased? The graduating class of 2016 reported less than 30 valley students while today, of the total 500 or ...

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FFA Farm Dedicated to Jim Mattes

Submitted by Emma Bloodworth, Student Journalist for Minarets Press O’NEALS – Since the beginning, Jim Mattes, local resident and husband to ag teacher Kristi Mattes, has always been one of the biggest supporters of Minarets FFA. He contributed to not only the school and farm but to the community and FFA program in a large capacity. Over the years, he ...

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Minarets Cross Country: League Champions

Submitted by Priya Cheema, Student Journalist for Minarets Press O’NEALS – Unlike many other sports, the Minarets cross country team has had the opportunity to compete in multiple meets over the past few weeks. With a shortened season due to COVID-19, the team only had about five races this year. One of the most important of these five races was ...

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Event to Benefit Small Business

MADERA COUNTY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES – District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler and the Madera County Mountain Community Chambers will be sponsoring and event to assist local small business owners who have been effected by COVID-19. Join Supervisor Wheeler and the Small Business Administration (SBA) via zoom on Thursday March 25th, 2021 at noon to learn more about SBA programs to assist ...

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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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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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