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Riverdale beats Minartes in final seconds

The Minarets High boys Varsity basketball team (2-16, 0-1 West Sequoia League) played their home opener against the Riverdale Cowboys (8-6, 1-1 WSL) last week in an exciting contest that would end in a Cowboy win within the final 20 seconds of the game.

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News Briefs - Jan. 18 edition

☆ Book Sale ☆ Learn basic computer skills ☆ Review of candidates Feb. ☆ Health workshop ☆ Elevating consciousness ☆ Visitor Guides ☆ Lincoln/Reagan dinner

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Yosemite Unified at risk of insolvency

Madera County Superintendent of Schools (MCSOS) Cecilia A. Massetti has notified the Yosemite Union School District that based on a number of reasons, including a review of financial data, she is changing the district’s 2017-18 self-certified financial First Interim Report from “Qualified” to “Negative.”

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Widespread flu in California

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced that flu activity in California is widespread and at levels usually seen at the peak of the influenza season. Health officials encourage Californians to get vaccinated.

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Wildfire Preparedness Day

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and State Farm have announced the launch of the project funding awards application period for its’ fifth national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 5, which helps communities prepare for and reduce their risk of wildfire damage.

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New life for old 41 Trading Post

Even though 41 Trading Post liquidated business Dec. 5 of last year, Natashia Burrell, granddaughter of the original owners, Glen Moore and Sandy Baker-Moore, has rolled the business over into a new name - More Beads & Things - in the same location selling the same products, beads and crafts supplies, Yosemite National Park souvenirs and Native American Artifacts.

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Tail gunner Tom

Speaking in support of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Dec. 19, Tom McClintock borrowed a page from Republican Senator Joe McCarthy’s 1950’s playbook, labeling anyone who disagrees with him a “Marxist” (mcclintock.house.gov/newsroom/speeches/morning-again-in-america).

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“The Post”

It’s hard to talk about “The Post” without talking about how the film is clearly trying to dominate awards season. A good place to start is with the Oscar pedigree among its cast and crew. Tom Hanks is a five-time Best Actor nominee, famously winning two years in a row in the mid-90’s. Meryl Streep is a 20-time nominee, winning three times. Producer and Director Steven Spielberg is a 16-time nominee, winning three times and also receiving the special Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. Composer John Williams is a 50-time nominee, winning five times, twice being nominated three times in the same year. These are just the most well-known among the film’s multi-time winners, the takeaway being that Oscar history is very much on this film’s side.

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