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Dirk Charley

A Madera County community is in mourning following the death of a Tribal Elder of the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians. Gaylen Dennis Lee was shot to death Saturday night near his home. 

 

“You still can’t believe it, you don’t want to believe it,” said Lee’s nephew, Mike Lee. “You’d wish you'd wake up and it was a bad dream, but it’s not. We just got to keep ourselves together and move on and try to just go along as [if] he was still here guiding us.”

 

Kerry Klein / Valley Public Radio

Jim La Mar likes to run and work out, and he’s excited to meet other athletes—like Amanda Duket, who, with broad shoulders and muscular arms, tells him she’s been training as a runner and weightlifter for nearly a decade.

They chitchat about the struggle of staying in shape, but when they begin discussing body weight, the conversation takes an unexpected turn. “So I would cremate really quick, is what you’re saying,” she says, laughing. “Yeah you would go great, we’ve got to break out a prize,” La Mar jokes back.

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A Los Banos mother explains why she became an activist for the multiracial movement, and in Merced, we talk to high schoolers about a mental health class they initiated.

In Bakersfield, an unusual event uses games and humor to encourage attendees to think about what they want - after they die.

Kerry Klein / KVPR

Last month, you may have heard about Miranda Eve, a mysterious baby who was uncovered in San Francisco and identified more than a century after she died. The organization that kickstarted that investigation was the Garden of Innocence, a non-profit that provides burial services to unclaimed children across the state. Over the weekend, the Fresno chapter held a service for babies abandoned in Fresno County—but the garden serves more than children.

Protestant Group Supports Physician Assisted Suicide Bill

Mar 25, 2015

California lawmakers will hear a bill Wednesday that would allow physicians to prescribe medications that would speed the dying process for terminally-ill patients. As Pauline Bartolone reports from Sacramento, a group of over a million California Protestants says it now supports the bill.

We all face death, some of us more often than others.

Pastor Holmes: Donna how you feeling? Good!

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In 2012, 29 people were killed in car accidents in Fresno – and 14 of those were pedestrians.  

That means just about half of all those killed in collisions in 2012 weren’t even in a car, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.