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November 29, 2014 by Elaine Higgins Bernard (Register to contact)

I regret to inform all of Elaine's classmates that she passed away this last March. We were married wonderful 54 years.

Her Husband
Ray Bernard

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Merced high school board wanted to add student rep. Here’s why the initiative was halted  Merced Sun-Star

The decision by the Merced Union High School District board to suspend a subcommittee focused on the creation of a student representative position has ...



Student told Merced High gun part was found on campus. It wasn’t accurate, police say  Merced Sun-Star

Merced High School was placed on lockdown early Monday after a magazine to a firearm was found on campus, according to Merced police and school officials.



Redwood tree falls onto occupied vehicle at Merced High. Two students were unhurt  Merced Sun-Star

A car occupied by two high school students was struck by a falling redwood tree at Merced High School on Thursday.



He solves violent crimes for FBI. Former Merced star honored for his days in the pool  Merced Sun-Star

Merced CA High will welcome 15 new members to the Bears' Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 23, including a former aquatics star who now works for the FBI in ...



Golden Valley basketball coach identified as alleged sexual harasser in school records  Merced Sun-Star

Golden Valley High's legendary varsity boys basketball coach allegedly sexually abused school teacher by slapping her buttocks during the Merced High ...



Hall of Fame event honors MHS athletes, new facilities  Merced County Times

It was a Hall of Fame weekend. Merced High School Athletics celebrated and honored the 2019 Hall of Fame inductees last Saturday inside Yosemite Hall...



Merced teenager arrested after threatening to ‘shoot up’ school dance, police say  Merced Sun-Star

A 14-year-old boy was arrested over the weekend in connection with a social media post which the teenager said he would “shoot up” a school dance at Merced ...



Teenager arrested for threat to shoot Merced school dance  KMPH Fox 26

Merced Police have arrested a 14-year-old boy for making threats on social media to carry out a shooting. Police were alerted before 8:00 p. m. Saturday after ...



Merced guitarist who crossed racial lines with Blue Notes band has died, family says  Merced Sun-Star

Kenneth Craig, who died at 81 on May 10, was the lead guitarist for the inclusive rock band the Merced Blue Notes that featured black, Latino and white ...



Merced high school district holds special meeting on sexual harassment claims  Merced Sun-Star

After a marathon closed session at a special meeting of the Merced Union High School District, the board announced plans to improve how the district handles ...



16-year-old Merced student killed in crash on Highway 99 in Sacramento  KFSN-TV

Those at a Merced high school are now grieving after a 16-year-old student was killed in a crash over the weekend.



Who are the breakout football player candidates you need to know in Merced County?  Merced Sun-Star

The start of the 2018 high school football season is creeping up on us with the first games being played on Friday night. For many players, it will be their first time ...



Steven and Cary Stayner: The tale of two brothers' horror and heroism  ABC News

The two brothers of the Stayner family are both famous, both tied to the wonder of Yosemite National Park, and both knew unspeakable horror. Steven Stayner ...



Merced High student diagnosed with tuberculosis. Up to 200 on campus to be tested  Merced Sun-Star

A Merced High School student has been diagnosed with tuberculosis, Merced County Health Department officials confirmed Thursday. The risk for other ...



Opinski avoids jail after pleading guilty in Merced County corruption probe  Merced Sun-Star

Gregory Opinski, a local contractor, was taken into jail custody Tuesday but was immediately released with an ankle monitor weeks after he pleaded guilty to ...



Here's who will be the next principal at Rivera Elementary in Merced  Merced Sun-Star

David Garza, who was the assistant principal at Rivera Middle School, will move over to the top spot for Rivera Elementary, the district announced in a Facebook ...



Merced: City on the Rise  Merced Sun-Star

Nowadays, the popular city slogan is “Merced is a city on the rise,” which is a catchy and clever way to coin the changes taking place in our historic town.



Merced High teacher arrested, accused of having sex with student  Merced Sun-Star

A Merced High School science teacher was arrested last week after he allegedly was caught by a patrolling Merced County sheriff's deputy in a parked pickup ...



Merced Union High School District breaks ground on two new gyms  Merced Sun-Star

Merced Union High School District officials broke ground Tuesday on new gymnasiums for the Atwater Falcons and Merced Bears that will be large enough to ...



17 inducted in Merced High’s third Hall of Fame class  Merced Sun-Star

Don Bragonier, a member of Merced High's Class of 1962, told the story about going to a football game while he attended Cal Western in San Diego.



Five “20 Under 40” Honorees Hail From UC Merced | Newsroom  UC Merced University News

Donna Birch Trahan, UC Merced. September 20, 2018. School of Natural Sciences Professor Anna Beaudin. Five of the Merced Sun-Star's 2018 “20 Under 40” ...



Merced High teacher convicted of sex with a student. He will spend 1 year in jail  Merced Sun-Star

A 30-year-old Merced High School science teacher pleaded no contest this week to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old female student. Blia Yang ...



Merced beekeeper creates CBD-infused 'happy honey' products for sick father  KFSN-TV

Young Mexican-American beekeeper from Merced created Happy Organics, a line of CBD-infused honey products, such as chocolates and balms, all made from ...



Merced High to have new principal next year  Merced Sun-Star

Merced High School will begin the next school year with a new principal, district officials confirmed Thursday.



'Basketball has been my life.' Merced's Redwine makes his college choice.  Merced Sun-Star

Merced High senior Jeremy Redwine will continue playing college basketball at Penn State Beaver. Bears star signs national letter of intent.



Sun-Star reporter wins top public service honor in 2019 Gruner journalism awards  Merced Sun-Star

The Merced Sun-Star's Vikaas Shanker captured a 2019 George F. Gruner Award for meritorious public *service* for his work last year exposing a sexual ...



Merced News, Photos, Events & More  Merced County Times

By JONATHAN WHITAKER October 11, 2018. Fernando Echevarria has a message for voters in south Merced, and he's making it loud and clear. “My family ...



Merced County high school graduation schedule  Merced Sun-Star

Merced County high schools are sending off their seniors this week while friends and family witness their graduations.



Merced inducting inaugural Hall of Fame class  Merced Sun-Star

One of the first projects Paul Hogue took on after becoming the athletic director at Merced High School last year was putting together a sports Hall of Fame.



Obituary of Danette Rizzonelli  The Union of Grass Valley

Danette Rizzonelli passed away on December 14, 2018. She was 61. A graveside *service* will be held at 1 p.m., on Friday, January 4, 2019 at Winton Cemetery ...



Emotional CCC championship for Merced High School swimmers  Modesto Bee

Josh Fluetsch called it the hardest swim meet of his life. Many of his Merced High School teammates felt the same, including seniors Kai Jones and Jande ...



‘This is scary’ – Merced residents react as teacher is accused of sex with student  Merced Sun-Star

The news of a Merced High teacher arrested for allegedly having sexual relations with a 16-year-old girl was met mostly with “disappointment” from parents of ...



Merced students’ return to school greeted with high spirits  Merced Sun-Star

Merced Union High School District and Merced City School District marked the first day back to class Monday as more than 20000 students began the 2016-17 ...



Cesar Chavez High School indoor percussion claims Open Class championship title  The Bakersfield Californian

The Cesar E. Chavez High School Titan Indoor Percussion entered its first World Guard International (WGI) competition on March 2 at Merced High School.



Old Timers Association honors county ‘Pioneers’  Merced County Times

The Old Timers' Association was formed in 1942 to honor pioneers 85 years of age or older, and who have lived in Merced County for 50 years or longer.



How a nudist colony helped FBI agents find the Yosemite serial killer  ABC News

In 1999, four women were murdered in Yosemite National Park.



High school music students march and fill Merced with sound  Merced Sun-Star

Dozens of high school music students banded together Saturday at Golden Valley High School, giving audiences, judges and their peers one cohesive sound.



Old-Timers Club honorees  Merced Sun-Star

Dorothy H. Andersen. Age 90/ Merced County for 50 years. Born on a farm near Cromwell, Iowa. Was married to Reynold B. Anderson for 60 years before being ...



Tom Gene Martin passed away July 28, 2017  Sierra Star

Commander Tom Gene Martin, 61, passed away on July 18, 2017. He peacefully left us with his wife Amanda, sons Tommy Robert Martin and Morgan Staneart ...



Good Sports: UC Merced volleyball player found a passion in helping her community  KFSN-TV

This year, freshman Lexus Kato-Lagumbay has found a new home at UC Merced.



Katherine Toews Laechelin | Obituaries  Seguin Gazette-Enterprise

1925 - 2019. Katherine Toews Laechelin, of Seguin, Texas, born Oct. 2, 1925, in the Village of Alexanderkrohn (now Mirolubovska), Isil Kul, near Omsk in ...



Four marijuana dispensaries approved to open in Merced  KFSN-TV

Merced's city's planning commission approved four marijuana dispensaries after two days of a public hearing.



Merced High student with Down syndrome crowned Homecoming Queen  Merced Sun-Star

Merced High School student Maggie Mayo had a dream of one day being crowned Homecoming Queen. On Friday night that dream came true.



Merced public pools open during summer  Merced Sun-Star

The Merced Parks and Recreation Department is offering separate swim times for general swimmers and adults through Aug. 14. It's “Free Swim Fridays” at ...



New El Capitan campus to send off first graduating class  Merced Sun-Star

The first class of El Capitan High School graduates in 50 years prepare to receive diplomas on Thursday.



Group committed to revitalizing downtown Merced  KFSN-TV

The parking lot on Canal and 16th Street in downtown Merced is home to the Farmers Market. It looks like any other parking lot, but the group Committed to ...



Merced Police Department takes on lip sync challenge  KFSN-TV

"La Chona" is just one of five songs the Merced Police Department created a music video for.



Merced’s Nickles named Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year  Merced Sun-Star

Merced High senior Madilyn Nickles was named the Gatorade California Softball Player of the Year.



Swartwood named principal at Golden Valley High School  Merced Sun-Star

Kevin Swartwood, associate principal at Merced High and a longtime football coach in the county, will take a new post as principal at Golden Valley next week.



Merced launched her into the tech industry. Now she’s returning home with a message for graduates.  Merced Sun-Star

Lesley Slaton Brown has worked in the tech industry for 20 years, working all around the world and earning a top leadership role at HP, Inc. This weekend, she's ...



Madilyn Nickles wins Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year  USA TODAY High School Sports

RELATED: Madilyn 'Bubba' Nickles talks pet cockatoo, Guam and conquering anxiety VIDEO: Madilyn 'Bubba' Nickles reacts to Gatorade Softball POY surprise ...



What does $800 rent you in Merced, today? | Hoodline  KFSN-TV

Curious just how far your dollar goes in Merced? We've rounded up the latest rental listings via rental site Zumper to get a sense of what to expect when it comes ...



Merced High winter guard fourth in Western Region competition  Merced Sun-Star

A fairly young Merced High School winter guard got a taste of success recently when it placed fourth in the Western Championship at the Winter Guard ...



Merced County Superintendent Steven Gomes announces early retirement  Merced Sun-Star

Steven Gomes, superintendent of schools for the Merced County Office of Education, will retire at the end of the calendar year, leaving his post as the county's ...



Merced teen’s death ‘going to affect everyone’  Merced Sun-Star

Brandon Villegas was a warm, funny young man and talented swimmer at Merced High School whose tragic death touches nearly every student on campus, ...



Career-Minded Students Get a Helping Hand  UC Merced University News

Senior mechanical engineering major Kelvin Cheung from San Francisco got a head start on his career exploration during his first year at UC Merced. Science ...



Alumnus Finds His Purpose in Education  UC Merced University News

Editor's note: The following story appeared in the spring issue of UC Merced Magazine. When Abraham Olivares moved to Merced at age 20, a career in ...



Mexican eatery El Tlahualil opens in Merced  KFSN-TV

Hungry? A new neighborhood Mexican spot has you covered. Located at 1277 V St., the *fresh* arrival is called El Tlahualil. The restaurant serves housemade ...



Busy day at Merced County Fair for IMCA modified driver Shannon  Merced Sun-Star

The 125th Merced County Fair may be fun for some, work for others – but it's both fun and work for Merced High School junior D.J. Shannon.



Merced Police invest in virtual technology to train officers  KFSN-TV

Communication is such a valuable tool that one police department in the North Valley is making an investment with virtual technology.



QSB's Portia Mira Wins GradSlam!, Advances to Finals | Newsroom  UC Merced University News

By Donna Birch Trahan. April 19, 2018. Pictured left to right: Graduate Dean Marjorie Zatz, students Craig Ennis, Portia Mira. Dean Marjorie Zatz, graduate ...



Ex-Merced County teacher sentenced to jail time for sex with student  Los Banos Enterprise

Former Dos Palos High School math teacher Craig Branstetter was sentenced last week to one year in jail and five years on probation for having a sexual ...



New UC Merced buildings expected to open this fall  KFSN-TV

MERCED, Calif. (KFSN) -- Construction is moving quickly, so quick that the UC Merced campus is already getting ready to open the first three buildings of the ...



New chocolate shop opens in Merced  KFSN-TV

If you've got a sweet tooth there's a new place to find your fix in Merced.



UC Merced celebrates opening of new buildings, part of $1.3 billion campus expansion project  KFSN-TV

Part of a $1.3 billion project to expand the campus at UC Merced is finally complete and on Thursday the community got the chance to see it for the first time.



Golden Valley band director nears grand finale of 35-year career  Merced Sun-Star

Now that Greg Christiansen is retiring as band director at Golden Valley High School, he figures he will have more time to play his favorite instrument -- the ...



Johnson remembered as ‘community icon’ in Merced  Merced Sun-Star

A public servant and community icon in Merced, Ida Johnson, has recently passed away. Her piers and friends have described say she is a huge loss to the ...



Merced’s Hagerman shines in CCC track meet  Merced Sun-Star

Merced High School track stars Quinn Hagerman and Ciara Colon are so close they actually share shoes when they race.



Tommy Gene Martin  Mariposa Gazette

Commander Tom Gene Martin, 61, went to be with our Lord on July 18, 2017. He left with his wife Amanda, sons Tommy Robert Martin and Morgan Staneart by ...



Merced Elite AAU basketball tryouts March 11  Merced Sun-Star

The Merced Elite AAU basketball program will host tryouts Saturday at the Merced High School gym.



Basketball Player of the Year races too close to call at midway point  Merced Sun-Star

Some top candidates have emerged as possible basketball Player of the Year nominees, but at the halfway point, there is still much to be decided.



Cal State Northridge student from Merced killed by suspected drunk driver on Father's Day  ABC30.com

Desirae Crittenden was loved by her classmates at one local high school and tutored students at another. She was known for always doing kind things for others ...



Editorial: Newsom should pay down California’s pension debt  Vallejo Times Herald

If credit card payments were squeezing our budget and our wealthy aunt suddenly left us money, most of us would use the windfall to pay down our debt.



Burned butter in culinary class triggers fire alarm at Merced High School  Merced Sun-Star

A Merced High student burned a pan of butter in a culinary class Tuesday morning, triggering the fire alarm and response from Merced Fire Department while ...



Bribery probe targets Los Banos school board member, Merced contractor  Merced Sun-Star

Authorities on Monday arrested Greg Opinski, a prominent contractor and member of the Merced high school district school board, and issued a warrant for Los ...



Casey Steed - candidate for District 2  Merced Sun-Star

Recommitting to making Merced County a safe place to have a family and open a business should be the focus of this election, according to a familiar challenger ...



Meet the members of the Sun-Star’s inaugural 2017 ‘20 under 40’ class  Merced Sun-Star

The best and brightest emerging leaders are part of the Merced Sun-Stars inaugural '20 under 40' program class.



Mayhem and tragedy mark Merced Sun-Star’s most read stories from 2016  Merced Sun-Star

Tragedy grabbed the most eyes in 2016 on the Merced Sun-Star's website, according to records, in a year that saw stabbings, car crashes and a toddler who ...



Tornado warning sends many Merced County residents scrambling  Merced Sun-Star

The National Weather *Service* in Hanford issued a tornado warning in areas of Merced, Mariposa and Tuolumne County.



Merced resident completes training to be a CHP officer  Merced Sun-Star

A 2009 graduate of Merced High School has completed his cadet training from the California Highway Patrol Academy and has been assigned to the CHP office ...



Merced soldier who died during training was family’s ‘Superman’  Merced Sun-Star

Spc. Louis Moua, 26, enlisted in the military from California and listed Merced as his hometown on social media, a base spokeswoman said.



Selma High School holds groundbreaking ceremony for new stadium  KFSN-TV

Selma High is look forward to an all-weather track, hoping to give his athletes a fair shot.



Merced native gives back to community that shaped her  Merced Sun-Star

When Sol Rivas was asked to be the keynote speaker at this year's Chicano/Chicana commencement at California State University, Stanislaus, she didn't ...



Merced County honors law enforcement officers of the year  Merced Sun-Star

A dozen Merced County law enforcement officials were honored recently for their work keeping the public safe and were selected as the officers of the year by ...



Merced-raised church leader to speak about unity at Black History program  Merced Sun-Star

Liberty Fellowship, an Atwater church, is getting ready to host its annual Black History Program, the only one of its kind in Merced County, according to ...



New skate park under construction in the North Valley will be accessible to users of all wheels  KFSN-TV

A new park is under construction for skaters in Merced. The All Wheels Skate Park is set to open south of the city this summer.



Dos Palos High teacher, former coach arrested on suspicion of sex with girl  Fresno Bee

A veteran Dos Palos High School teacher was arrested Thursday, accused of having a sexual “relationship” with a female student under the age of 18, the Police ...



High school soccer's move to winter getting a chilly reception  Los Banos Enterprise

The Sac-Joaquin Section's return to winter soccer season has left few players, coaches, administrators and officials feeling warm and fuzzy.



Rose Parade to include Merced trumpet player  Merced Sun-Star

Merced High School sophomore Julie Morimoto will represent the community as a member of the elite Bands of America Honor Band in the Jan. 2 Rose Parade.



Insurance agency owner Fluetsch dies at 79  Merced Sun-Star

Peter Fluetsch, a longtime Merced insurance agency owner and civic leader, died Thursday from cardiac complications. He was 79.



Merced defeats Golden Valley, wins coin toss to secure playoff spot  Merced Sun-Star

If it was going to be her last game, Kathryn Elgin was going out with a bang.



Merced County Fair announces new CEO  Merced Sun-Star

Teresa Burrola, the longtime business assistant for the Merced County Fair, has been named its new chief executive officer, the board announced Wednesday.



Gatorade® National Softball Player of the Year: Megan Faraimo  PR Newswire

SAN DIEGO, June 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- In its 33rd year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company today announced Megan ...



Adams to make run for Merced mayor; contributions coming into race  Merced Sun-Star

Small-business owner and longtime community booster Necola Adams became Merced's third contender for mayor this week, telling supporters that she is the ...



Bert S. Crane Sr. remembered for heart of service  Merced Sun-Star

Patience, persistence and integrity. That was the life motto of Bert Stephen Crane, Sr. and the mantra he passed on to his children and grandchildren. Crane was ...



Three New Officers Join Pleasanton Police Department  Patch.com

Pleasanton PD Welcomes Three New Officers - Pleasanton, CA - The three new officers will begin patrolling Pleasanton as solo officers once they complete an ...



New conference center and hotel coming to Oakhurst  KFSN-TV

A project is expected to break ground next year to bring a new hotel and conference center to Oakhurst.



High schools shifting to laptops for all, say it helps teens organize, push forward  Modesto Bee

Cheers, shrieks and kids jumping up and down greeted the rollout of laptops for all at Central Valley High School. But beyond the excitement of teens having ...



A boost for students 'so close' to UC, CSU  EdSource Today

Surprised by data showing that thousands of high school students are just one or two courses shy of meeting state university admissions requirements, the ...



Deputy work runs in the family for Jeremy Gallagher  Merced Sun-Star

Today a unique trio will form. Jeremy Gallagher, 21, will be sworn in as a deputy for the Merced County Sheriff's Department. He's one of three generations of ...



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