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Deadly Outbreak Infographics Donated To Children’s Hospital

Written by Kaitlin Morgan — O’NEALS — Diseases that have been long eradicated by vaccines have been re-emerging for a variety of reasons around the world. As a result, sophomore students enrolled in Miss Morgan’s World History at Minarets High School investigated these reasons as part of their project-based learning about the Industrial Revolution. This knowledge, however, was not kept ...

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North Fork Couple Sentenced In Brother’s Killing

MADERA COUNTY – A North Fork couple who pleaded guilty in January to killing the husband’s brother back in 2013 have been sentenced to a combined 30 years in prison. On Feb. 22 in Madera Superior Court, Judge Rigby sentenced Marc McMurrain, age 37, to 22 years behind bars for voluntary manslaughter. His wife Jennifer McMurrain, 35, was sentenced to ...

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Cal Fire Already Staffing Up For Fire Season

SACRAMENTO – With spring now taking hold in California, Cal Fire is already staffing up for fire season, while focusing the efforts of its crews on preventing large and damaging wildfires. Recent rains have been a welcome sight to drought parched California, but Cal Fire says their firefighters are not letting their guard down; instead they are training for another ...

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The Gnarly Carrot Set For Grand Opening

NORTH FORK — North Fork is about to welcome a long-anticipated business to downtown – a local, natural, seasonally changing market – the “Gnarly Carrot.” Everyone involved with the Kern Family Farm has been working for the past several years to make this dream a reality, and on Apr. 1, their grand opening will celebrate all that hard work. The ...

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Coarsegold 4H: Animals, Food, Friendship, And Camp

Written by Lexey Jenkins — COARSEGOLD — LCORT leadership conference was last month at Wonder Valley Ranch in Sanger, for kids age 12-14. LCORT had several sessions on different topics. Some of the topics this year were how to dress and act on an interview, how to think positively, how to introduce a speaker, and how to work well in ...

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Now’s The Time To Become A Cal Fire VIP

MOUNTAIN AREA — Cal Fire is recruiting for their Volunteers In Prevention (VIP) program, made up of citizens who offer their time and unique skills to serve the public through education, communication, patrols and defensible space inspections. Each year more than 5,600 wildfires burn over 172,000 acres of California’s watershed, timber, and grasslands. As a result, millions of dollars in ...

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Ride YARTS Free To Yosemite On Earth Day

MOUNTAIN AREA — Yosemite Area Regional Transportation (YARTS) is celebrating Earth Day by offering free rides on YARTS buses into Yosemite National Park. In 2015, the Park experienced an all-time record number of visitors, welcoming 4,150,217 people. “At YARTS, we want to do our part to help visitors be good stewards of the park and enhance their Yosemite experience by ...

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Sierra National Forest Marijuana Grower Pleads Guilty

FRESNO — The second of four defendants charged with growing marijuana on public lands in Madera County pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court. Francisco Javier Gomez-Rodriguez, 38, of Mexico, pleaded guilty to conspiring to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana grown in the Sierra National Forest in Madera County. According to court documents, co-defendant Humberto Ceballos-Rangel, ...

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Minarets Sports Report: Basketball, Track, Softball, Baseball

Written by Lizz Wiles O’NEALS — Minarets track had their first meet of the season on Saturday, Mar. 5, at Fowler High. We claimed 4th place out of 11 overall teams in the 4×20 relay. Player BK Robinson ran the 1600 meter and claimed 5th place in 5 minutes and 4 seconds. David Fuller tackled the 100 meter and claimed 17 out of 28 at 12 seconds. Lucy Cumming got 5th place ...

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County Applies For Award Recognizing 311 Service

MADERA COUNTY – When someone needs help contacting a County department for non-emergency assistance, they need only know one number – 311. Their call will be answered by a live operator who will address their questions and direct them to the appropriate department for assistance. Based on the success of this program, the County of Madera will apply for a ...

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