Community News for 1/3/13 edition

January 2, 2013 

Yosemite Adult Education classes

Yosemite Adult Education is offering classes. Those classes are:

i-Phone/iPad class -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch 12-1 p.m.), Saturday Jan. 19 at the Campbell Computer Lab. Cost: $25.

Social Networking/Facebook/Twitter -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch 12-1 p.m.), Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Campbell Computer Lab. Cost: $25.

Beginning Photoshop CS-6 Part 1 -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch 12-1 p.m.), Feb. 2 at the Campbell Computer Lab. Cost: $50.

Beginning Photoshop CS-6 Part 2 -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch 12-1 p.m.), Feb. 9 at the Campbell Computer Lab. Cost: 50.

Register at

Details: Lawnna Porter, (559) 683-8801 ext. 366.

Search for missing plane suspended in Yosemite

The search for the missing plane over Yosemite National Park and adjacent areas has been suspended. The single engine plane was last detected via radar in the afternoon on Monday, Dec. 17, over the North Dome area in the park. Search efforts throughout the week have failed to yield clues or evidence regarding the plane's location.

Over five feet of new snow has accumulated at the higher elevations, including the search area, reported NPS last week. Additionally, strong winds have created extremely hazardous search conditions.

The park initiated an aerial search Dec. 18, and search efforts continued throughout the week. Approximately 60 personnel assisted in the air search, including Search and Rescue teams from Yosemite National Park, California Highway Patrol, and Civil Air Patrol. Search teams flew approximately 8,000 linear miles over the search area.

The missing plane was flown by pilot Nicol Wilson, who is from the Santa Barbara area. There were no passengers onboard. He was reported missing Dec. 17 after failing to arrive in Mammoth Lakes as planned.

Snow accumulation has halted search operations for the remainder of the winter season. The park will résumé search efforts in the spring of 2013, when weather and snow conditions permit.

RSVP by Jan. 3 for chamber dinner

The Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Installation Dinner & Award Ceremony Friday, Jan. 11 at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite in Fish Camp.

To attend, an RSVP and pre-pay is requested by Thursday, Jan. 3. Dinner is $40 per person, catered by Tenaya Lodge.

The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The chamber's 2013 Board of Directors will be welcomed, and the chamber will present its annual Man, Woman, Business and Volunteer of the Year awards.

Special Tenaya Lodge room rates are available for members attending.

Details: Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce, (559) 683-7766,

Political activist will speak in Oakhurst

Longtime political and human rights activist Stephen Frank, 66, author of the website newsletter California News and Views, will be the featured speaker at the Oakhurst/Coarsegold Tea Party Action Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Oakhurst's Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant.

A veteran of the Vietnam war, Frank is past president of the California Republican Assembly, a past member of the White House Conference on Youth and has been active in numerous campaigns and causes over 50 years including working for the Nixon campaign in 1960, Goldwater campaign in 1964, Reagan for governor in 1966 and Reagan for president in 1976 and 1980.

Frank has also worked with numerous organizations such as Americans for Tax Reform, National Rifle Association and pro-life groups.

Frank was the co-developer of POW/MIA bracelet with Bob Dornan and worked seven years full-time on behalf of prisoners and those missing in action. He has also been active with Girl Scout Councils of California, Travelers Aid Society of Los Angeles, American Heart Society of Simi Valley and has been a volunteer speech and debate coach at Royal High School in Simi Valley.

Details: Jannai Pero, (866) 565-1379,

Mobile Pantry to distribute free food

Community Food Bank, in partnership with several Mountain Area groups, will distribute fresh, perishable food and other items for free every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon until the end of the month throughout the Mountain Area at the following locations:

Jan. 8 at Raymond Community Church, 325505 Road 600, Raymond.

Jan. 15 at the Coarsegold Historic Village, 35300 Highway 41, Coarsegold.

Jan. 22 at Our Lady of the Sierra Catholic Parish, 40180 Indian Springs Road, Oakhurst.

Jan. 29 at North Fork Grace Community Church, 56442 North Fork Road (200), North Fork.

The Mobile Pantry will include some pre-bagged items and people can also choose what food they would like to have. Some items may have limits so that there will be enough for everyone.

Details: Community Food Bank, (559) 237-3663.

Pruning workshops

The Mariposa Master Gardeners is sponsoring two workshops on pruning fruit trees this month: Jan. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon, hosted by Master Gardener Helen Bauman at 10701 Highway 49 North, Coulterville, in a mature home orchard, and another Jan. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m., hosted by Master Gardener Helen Willoughby-Peck at 3204 River Haven Drive, Mariposa.

Maxwell Norton, a fruit-tree specialist and interim county farm advisor, will attend to demonstrate and answer questions. To register and get directions, go to, or call (209) 966-2417.

People will learn about types of cuts, the best kind of pruners to use and eliminating whole limbs to open the tree up.

Master Gardener volunteers are trained by the University of California and dedicated to educating and advising local home gardeners. Details: (209) 966-7078.

Families sought to host exchange students

Families interested in hosting an exchange student next school year can contact Carol or Susan Berger with the nonprofit Nacel Open Door, Inc. by emailing They can also be reached by calling (209) 868-8148.

Details: More information about Nacel Open Door can be found at


A photo published in the Dec. 27 issue of the Sierra Star on page B12 was misidentified as being taken at Country Rose Guest House in Coarsegold. The caption should have read that the photo was taken at Sierra Estates Assisted Living in Coarsegold.

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