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    A real live experiment

    The mid-term election is fast approaching. There are great expectations that Republicans will gain control of the senate. And if they take the presidency in 2016, conservatives believe that America will again be, as Reagan said in his farewell address, that "shining city upon the hill."


    A welcome to Liam

    During the next couple of weeks, a baby boy will be born into my family turning Carol and I into a great aunt and great uncle respectively. Liam will arrive into a loving family surrounded by the adults he will get to know during his formative years. His first sight of us will be gushing and smiling...


    Vote for America

    Depending on when you read this, we're just 13 days away from the National Sigh of Relief Day. That's the day when all of the political advertising is removed from the nation's airwaves and print media. Finally, gone for another year or so.

  • NEWS

    Chukchansi employees laid off after closure

    Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino employees are living out their worst nightmare after a signed letter was sent out informing them of a massive layoff following the forced shutdown issued by the National Indian Gaming Commission on Oct. 9.

  • NEWS

    Voters to decide fate of Mono casino agreement

    California voters will decide Nov. 4 if a revenue-sharing agreement between the state and the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians will remain as is, or come to an abrupt halt. The 20-year agreement, known as a gaming 'compact,' would provide more than $600 million to the state, county and City ...


    Yes on Prop 48

    The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians has worked diligently for 15 years to bring to reality its dream of a casino — a casino that would bring economic prosperity, not only to the 2,000 member tribe, but to the county and the cities of Madera and Chowchilla, just as casinos have helped 60...


    Rarely seen Edison Lake air strip

    Who would think a body of water that was created by the Edison Company for electricity in 1954 with a shore line of 13 miles, would today contain only 6% of its normal 4.2 million cubic feet capacity. This is our fourth year of drought and it's sad to see our wilderness landscaping suffer. Those...


    Questions swirl around casino's closure

    Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill, of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, issued a temporary restraining order at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, to three tribal factions claiming to be the tribes official councils. The order came hours after a dramatic armed takeover at the...


    Savoring the sweet smell and taste of home made biscuits

    I like to eat with my hands (when it's appropriate). There's just something so primal about getting my mitts on a grilled drumstick, ribs, a hamburger or hot dog, corn-on-the-cob and French fries. So, it's no wonder that a freshly-baked, cinnamon-sweet sticky bread that you pull apart with your ...


    Ground zero

    It's a sad little town.

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