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EMC SPCA Adoption Facility About To Become Reality

AHWAHNEE – Plans for a new low cost spay/neuter adoption facility here in the mountain area are now on the fast track. The application for a conditional use permit was submitted to the Madera County Resource Management Agency (RMA) by the Eastern Madera County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (EMC SPCA) on June 11. The proposed building ...

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Baby Animals In Yosemite

Yosemite National Park is requesting help from visitors to protect newborn animals in the park. During the summer months, many baby birds, fawns, and other young wildlife can be found on the ground. They may appear to be in distress, but are not sick, injured, or abandoned. If moved from their location, the parents cannot care for their offspring and ...

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Rural Fire Fee Is A Hot Topic

The California Senate Budget Committee has approved the request by the Board of Equalization (BOE) to create 57 new two-year positions at a cost of some $6.4 million, to bill and collect the State Responsibility Area (SRA) fee, otherwise known as the “rural fire fee,” imposed by AB 29X. At the latest in a series of Town Hall Meetings hosted ...

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4th of July Family Freedom Fest 2012

The 3nd Annual 4th of July Family Freedom Fest will be at the Coarsegold Historic Village, 35300 Highway 41, Coarsegold, CA, (gateway to Yosemite and the Bass Lake fireworks) on Wednesday, July 4th. The main program will be from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm, but there are activities all day, so families can come early and stay late. This is ...

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Fossil Discovery Center To Resurrect Mammoth Orange

Chowchilla, CA. – In the 1940’s and ’50’s, large fruit-shaped hamburger stands dotted the highways of California. The largest of them, the Mammoth Orange, was located in Chowchilla and was a welcome site for truckers and families needing something hot to eat and cold to drink. Those days will soon return if the Fossil Discovery Center has any say. The ...

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Bears Beware or Beware of Bears

Yes, its time to be outdoors doing all the fun things that the sunny warm weather permits. My friend and I are making an effort to get out and do something out of our normal routine a couple of times a week. Hitting the pool or taking a picnic out to Bass Lake, just something to remind us what beautiful ...

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Vince and Ginny Smith – Citizens of the Year

As the 53rd Annual Loggers Jamboree approaches, CHIPS would like to take this opportunity to salute Vince and Ginny Smith, North Fork’s 2011 Citizens of the Year. The couple is known for their involvement with the North Fork History Group, especially with the research, preparation and marketing of a selection of videos and DVD’s of North Fork’s history. Additionally, they ...

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Tenaya Lake Area Being Restored

Yosemite’s Tenaya Lake, once called “Lake of the Shining Rocks,” will sparkle even more brightly following major restoration efforts this summer to its east beach and surrounding wetlands and trails with funding provided by Yosemite Conservancy.

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Tom Wheeler To Hold Town Hall Meeting in Ahwahnee

Supervisor Tom Wheeler will be holding a Town Hall Meeting tonight in Ahwahnee from 6-8 p.m. at the Wasuma Union Elementary School Cafeteria, 43109 Hwy 49. Discussion topics will include: – Update on the proposed Eastern Madera County SPCA facility across from Ahwahnee Park – Update on the Madera County 2012-13 Budget – Update on the State Rural Fire Fee ...

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California Seeks Relief From "No Child Left Behind"

California Officially Files Waiver Seeking Relief From ‘No Child Left Behind’ Mandates SACRAMENTO—Supported by many of California’s leading educators and school advocates, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and State Board of Education (SBE) President Michael Kirst today officially submitted California’s request to set aside specified requirements of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as ‘No Child ...

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