Community News for 9/12/13 edition of the Sierra Star

September 10, 2013 

Flu vaccinations now available for veterans

Seasonal flu vaccinations are now available at all VA Central California Health Care System facilities, including the Oakhurst facility.

The best time to receive your flu vaccination is October through December, as the peak of flu season is January through March. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that persons age six months or older be vaccinated.

Enrolled Veterans with a Veterans Affairs ID card, have three options for receiving the flu vaccination:

You may visit the Oakhurst Community Clinic, 40597 Westlake Drive, during walk-in flu clinic hours, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday through Friday:

You may visit the VA Medical Center in Fresno during walk-in flu clinic hours — Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

You may ask for a flu shot during your next scheduled primary care appointment.

Veterans not currently enrolled in the VA health care system may apply at any time by completing the Application for Health Benefits (form 10-10EZ) available at, submitting the completed and signed form online at, or mailing the form to VA Central California Health Care System business office – eligibility, 2615 E. Clinton Avenue, Fresno, Calif., 93703.

Missing firefighter found dead

Searchers found missing firefighter, Token Adams, 41, dead Sept. 6, apparently the result of an ATV crash in the mountains of New Mexico.

Adams, a 1990 graduate of Yosemite High School who has many friends and relatives in Eastern Madera County, was one of three firefighters investigating a smoke report in the Jemez Mountains.

Adams was found by a search team from Jemez Pueblo at about 11:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6 on Stable Mesa, officials said at a news conference late Friday afternoon.

The crash occurred on a four-wheel-drive track about a quarter mile off a road. Officials said Adams was both well-known and well-respected and that the discovery was hitting the fire service hard.

Sheriff candidate Fairbanks will speak Sept. 17

Madera County sheriff candidate Dennis Fairbanks will speak at the 6:30 p.m., Sept. 17 at Oakhurst/Coarsegold Tea Party meeting at the Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant, 40530 Highway 41.

Fairbanks, a 31-year California Highway Patrol veteran, and current realtor, is a native of Thousand Oaks.

Fairbanks entered the CHP Academy in 1972 and graduated in 1973. For the next 16 years he worked in Los Angeles and Ventura. During that time he also earned a bachelor of arts in public administration from the University of Redlands in 1978.

In 1984, he was assigned to a task force with Federal Bureau of Investigation at the Olympics where he worked the anti-terrorist operation center. His particular expertise was domestic terrorism. During that year Fairbanks was promoted to rank of sergeant.

In 1988, Fairbanks transferred to CHP in Mariposa. He brought his family with him -- wife, Patty, son Brandon, and daughter Cari. Both of his children are graduates of Yosemite High School.

He spent the next 15 years working as a CHP and covering the Oakhurst/Eastern Madera County area.

He is a past president of the Sierra Sunrise Rotary, won the Oakhurst honorary mayor race in 2000, was named Man of the Year by the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce in 2002, and recently sat on the Madera County grand jury.

His opponents in the sheriff's race are Greg Noll, of Oakhurst, a detective with the Fresno Police Department, and Michael Salvador, the current Madera County undersheriff.

David Haas workshop and concert

David Haas, a Minnesota resident and founder of Music Ministry Alive, will be presenting a workshop on Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. at North Fork's Grace Community Church for anyone interested in church music. Admission is free but registration is recommended due to limited space.

The concert will be held on Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. Sunday and the cost is $10 per person.

Details: Barbara Colliander or Sandy Chaille, (559) 877-7796, .

Middle school night at football game

The Yosemite High School music department will host its yearly "Middle School Night" at the Yosemite High School home football game Friday, Sept. 20.

Middle School musicians will join the Badger Band at Badger Stadium prior to the game for a rehearsal and pre-game dinner at 5:30 p.m.

The students and YHS band will march together into the stadium at 6:30 p.m.

All bands will play a brief pregame show on the track then students will go to the bleachers and watch YHS band present the National Anthem on the field.

Details: (559) 977-9782.

Church fundraiser

A dinner and craft fair will be held at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 20 at North Fork's Hillside Baptist Church, Road 200 at Wyle Ranch Road. Dinner costs $10 per person.

Details: (559) 877-7771.

Mariposa museum seeking volunteers

The California State Mining & Mineral Museum, at the Mariposa Fairgrounds, is seeking Mountain Area residents to become volunteers at the museum and a training meeting will be held at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the museum.

"The museum depends on our trained volunteers to provide educational tours to the many schools, community groups and international visitors that come to the museum," Randy Bolt, museum manager said.

Training sessions will run from Sept. 25 to Nov. 13.

"If you have any interest in rocks and minerals, gemstones, mining, California's rich history, you will love sharing the wonders of our state with our visitors," Bolt said.

Details: (209) 742-7625.

Mountain Quilters

Fiber artist Vivian Helena will speak on "Traditional to Art Quilts" at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at the Sierra Mountain Quilters meeting in the pavilion building at the Oakhurst Community Center. A $5 donation is requested for non-members of the club.

Helena is a member of Timberline Gallery and participate annually in Sierra Art Trails.

Details: (559) 642-6033.

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