Community News for 12/27/12 edition

December 27, 2012 

Sierra Star early deadlines

Due to the upcoming New Year's Day holiday, Sierra Star deadlines are earlier than usual.

Sierra Star display ad deadlines are at noon Thursday, Dec. 27.

Classified ad deadlines are at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27.

The Wednesday, Jan. 2 Advertiser deadlines have not been affected.

The Sierra Star office will close at noon on New Year's Eve and will be closed New Year's Day.

Details: (559) 683-4464.


Search still on for missing aircraft

As of Monday, the search is still underway near Yosemite National Park for a plane that went off radar around 12:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17.

The single engine aircraft, called a "Mooney," was being flown by Nicol Wilson, a resident of Santa Barbara County who is in his mid-60s. He was flying solo from Santa Barbara to Mammoth Lakes. His family reported him missing Dec. 17.

Multiple aircraft have been out searching the area, weather permitting, according to Kari Cobb, public affairs officer for Yosemite. The search is begin conducted solely by air because that area of the park is inaccessible by foot or vehicle this time of year.

Cobb said the plane was last detected by radar near the North Dome area.

"We don't know if the plane is in the park, but we are searching the area as best we can just to make sure," Cobb said late last week.


Elder Orphan clients will start receiving calls Friday

Sheriff John Anderson announced that starting Friday, Dec. 28, more than a dozen Elder Orphan clients will begin receiving their first telephone calls to check on them.

"We offer two calling times daily," Anderson said. "Morning checks start at 9 a.m. and afternoon checks start at 4 p.m. Clients can choose either morning or afternoon. Or if they prefer, Elder Orphan clients can elect to receive checks both in the morning and afternoon."

When the sheriff's office calls their home, they will receive a prerecorded message instructing them to either touch 1 indicating message received and they are fine -- or touch 2 to request emergency assistance.

Touching the number 2 button automatically transfers clients to the sheriff's emergency dispatch center.

If the client fails to answer the phone, or the call goes to voice mail, the sheriff's automated system will continue to call that client three more times every 30 minutes. If no contact is made, a message will appear in the sheriff's emergency communications center.

Team leaders for Citizens On Patrol will be notified and a Citizens On Patrol volunteer will be summoned to check on the client.


New principal at Wasuma Elementary

Jason Mercier has been appointed as the new principal of Wasuma Elementary School, effective in January.

According to Glenn Reid, district superintendent, Mercier comes from the Chowchilla Elementary District where he has served as a vice-principal at Wilson Middle School since 2010. Prior to that he taught a variety of grades at Mountain Home School and Coarsegold Elementary School. He has also taught in the Fresno Unified School District and in Los Angeles Unified School District.

Mercier is a product of the Bass Lake Elementary District, having attended Oakhurst Elementary and Oak Creek Intermediate before attending Yosemite High School. He has attended California State University, Northridge, California State University, Fresno, and National University, where he graduated with distinction, gaining his Masters Degree in school administration. He currently resides in Coarsegold with his family.


Minarets Academic Presentation Showcase Jan. 24

Minarets High School and Charter High School will hold the Second Annual Academic Presentation Showcase at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24.

The evening will feature academic presentations in English, math, social science, science and Spanish. It is an evening that focuses on professional, college level presentations from students coming from the honors, AP and advanced studies classes in the above academic areas.


2013 visitor's guide

Inserted in this week's Sierra Star is the 48-page 2013 Yosemite Sierra Visitors Guide. The primary tourism promotional piece for Madera County, the guide's information is provided by the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau and published by the Star.

The guide includes valuable information for both visitors and residents of Madera County including maps, lodging guide, calendar of events and county attractions.

Details: (559) 683-4636, yosemitethisyear.com

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