Community News for 2/13/14 edition of the Sierra Star

February 11, 2014 

Chowchilla Police Officers Association endorses Linn

Members of the Chowchilla Police Officers Association have voted to endorse David Linn for Madera County district attorney in the upcoming June 3 primary election.

A Feb. 6 press release from the Linn campaign said the officers of the department believe Linn will bring stability and leadership to the district attorney's office after witnessing a lot of turnover of its prosecutors and investigators.

The announcement said 'the loss of Madera County district attorney's office most seasoned prosecutors harms Madera County's criminal justice system and makes citizens less safe. Police officers work closely with the Madera County district attorney's office to ensure those who commit crimes are prosecuted in court.'

Linn said he was humbled and honored that Chowchilla's police officers have endorsed him for district attorney.

'I pledge that I will work alongside them to seek justice and prosecute criminals to the fullest extent of the law.'

Ken Albers, the association's vice president, said 'We thank David Linn for his courage, passion, and energy in running for Madera County district attorney. His experience as a military officer, attorney, and business owner provide him the foundation to be an effective leader in the district attorney's office and the courtroom. We look forward to contacting the citizens and voters of Madera County to encourage them to make a change and vote for David Linn so we can restore the public trust.'

Garden workshop

A Fairy and Miniature Gardens workshop will be offered at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16 at True Value Home Center on Highway 49 in Oakhurst. Do it yourself tips for making your own tiny garden will be offered, along with composting 101 and winter-sowing techniques.

Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit Feb. 16

Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau and the historic Golden Chain Theatre present a special premiere showing of the Ken Burns' documentary, Yosemite - A Gathering of Spirit, on Sunday, Feb. 16 from 4 - 7 p.m. at the Golden Chain Theatre.

Cocktail and appetizers begin at 4 p.m, with Ken Burns' 30-minute documentary an hour later, and at 5:45, Abraham Lincoln's introduction to melodramatic theater and the mini melodrama live performance of The Shagwood Secret (Double Deal at the Dirty Dog Saloon) by Teddy Kelly. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 4-12 years; $1 from each ticket sold will be donated to the Yosemite Conservancy. Advanced tickets can be purchased at or at the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau.

Details: Rhonda Salisbury, (559) 683-4636 or

Town Hall meeting Feb. 20 at YLP

Madera County District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler's next town hall meeting will be 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, in Yosemite Lakes Park at the YLP Clubhouse, 30250 Yosemite Springs Parkway.

Meeting topics will include the recent Volunteer/Paid Call Firefighters Report adopted by the board, update on the state of the county, and an update on area road development projects.

Appreciation luncheon

The Sierra Historic Sites Association will be holding a members appreciation luncheon at noon, Saturday, Feb. 22, at Fresno Flats Park inside Cunningham School.

Details: (559) 683-6570.

Tea Party meeting

The Oakhurst/Coarsegold Tea Party Action will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant in Oakhurst.

Guest speakers are CPA Todd Miller CPA, who is running for auditor/controller, and Ray Krause, who is running for Madera County District 1 Supervisor.

Miller will talk about why he is running, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of income taxation systems: progressive tax, flat tax, and consumption tax.

Krause will discuss water issues, the High Speed Rail and YARTS.

Details: (866) 565-1379,

$10,000 raised for kidney donor

More than 500 people raised about $10,000 at the Feb. 1 fundraiser for Eric Wynne. Wynne will undergo surgery on Valentine's Day when he donates his kidney to family friend Sheila Moreno of Coarsegold. The fundraiser was held at the Coarsegold Community Center to raise revenues to cover travel and room expenses for the Wynnes.

2013 Regional Harry Yount Award

Aaron Smith, park ranger at Yosemite National Park, is the winner of the 2013 Pacific West Regional Harry Yount Award for 'Excellence in Rangering.' Smith is now a finalist for the National Harry Yount Award, which will be presented in Washington, D.C. later this month.

Sunday concert

Oakhurst Lutheran Church will be hosting two Tim Johnson CD release concerts at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. this Sunday.

The new CD is entitled Songs of My Father. There will be a pasta dinner between the concerts at noon with proceeds to support the weekly 4 p.m. Cowboy Gospel Service. The suggested donation for the dinner is $7.50 for adults and $4 for children 6-12, five and under free.

Tim Johnson, Arnie Johnson, Bobby Black and Gary and Deanna Kennedy will all be performing in the concerts.

Details: (559) 683-4673, Crane Valley Road (426) at Black Road.

Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event will be held May 17-18 at Yosemite High School. They are currently looking for people interested in forming teams, volunteers, and committee members in preparation of the event.

The following are the meeting dates:

March 10, 5:30 p.m., Team Captain meeting.

April 14, 5:30 p.m., Team Captain meeting with committee meeting following at 6:30 p.m.

May 12, Bank night, Team Captain meeting at 5:30 p.m., with committee meeting following at 6:30 p.m.

All meetings will be held in the conference room at Oakhurst Medical Group, 40232 Junction Drive.


Tourism promotion wins award

The Majestic Mountain Loop tourism campaign has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Poppy Award from Visit California for the 'Best Regional Collaborative Marketing Program.'

The campaign is a collaborative partnership with the Visalia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, Fresno Yosemite International Airport and Delaware North Parks and Resorts. The project is a suggested itinerary for visitors to the National Parks to see the iconic landmarks of three national parks in three days — Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon.

The collaborative campaign was launched in January 2013. The partnership was formed to highlight and educate visitors on the close proximity of the three parks and the unique attributes of the surrounding communities.

The Poppy Awards are held annually by Visit California, the state's tourism marketing organization, to honor travel professionals who work to increase tourism to the state.

Chowchilla - Madera County Fair pageant

Applications for the 2014 Chowchilla-Madera County fair pageant, that will be held on Wednesday, May 14, are now available. Residents of Madera County are eligible to apply for one of the three categories: Miss Madera County, Little Miss Madera County, or the Tommyhawk contest.

Winners of the pageant events will represent Madera County at Chowchilla-Madera County Fair and other community events in 2014.

Application packets are available online at Completed applications must be submitted to the Chowchilla-Madera County Fairground's office by 5 p.m., Friday, March 7.

Details: (559) 665-3728.

Fool Disclosure

Yosemite High School Theatre Arts production, 'Fool Disclosure,' will be presented at 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday, March 6 and 7, at the YHS Theatre. The production is the senior project of Jacob Caldwell and Jordan Rose.

The show consists of various improv games, skits and digital shorts performed by 15 students of the Yosemite High advanced theatre class.

Proceeds from the show will go to the California Prader-Willi Foundation, to help fund research for the genetic chromosomal disorder.

Women's Council of Realtor's

Bass Lake Realty has announced that Theresa Wilson has been installed as the 2014 treasurer for the California State Chapter of the Women's Council of Realtor's.

Wilson has been a member of the organization since 2008, serving as local chapter president in 2009, chair of the State Ways and Means Committee in 2011, District 2 vice president in 2012, and chair of Professional Development in 2013.

Coolwater concert

Banjo and slide guitar player Tony Furtado will perform at Coolwater Ranch at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 1. Furtado is a gregarious, engaging and entertaining performer.

Tickets are available at Oakhurst Feed and Mountain Feed and Nursery.

Details: Robin Ralston, (559) 760-1134.

Star closed Monday

The Sierra Star will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17, in observation of President's Day.

Display advertising deadline for the Feb. 20 edition is moved back one day and the deadline for classified ads is 5 p.m., Friday.


Candidates running for Madera County Sheriff were listed in a story in the Feb. 6 edition of the Sierra Star. Candidate Dennis Fairbanks, a retired California Highway Patrol Sergeant, was mistakenly omitted from the list. We regret the omission and any confusion it may have caused.

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