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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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Students From A Merced High School Help Create A Mental Health Course  Valley Public Radio

When it comes to access to mental health care at public schools, California ranks at or near the bottom according to a Columbia University report . But one.



Merced-area coach admits sexually harassing teacher, but denies claims in new lawsuit  Modesto Bee

Keith Hunter, a celebrated varsity basketball coach at Merced's Golden Valley High, recently admitted sexually harassing high school teacher Annie Delgado.



Want to avoid another DMV headache? Merced High grad’s patented invention hits stores  Merced Sun-Star

Merced High School alumnus and San Jose resident, James Sanchez, 52, said he invented a license plate frame to protect against DMV sticker theft. Sanchez ...



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.



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 ...



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.



From high school dropout to Merced County candidate? District 2 gets a third candidate  Merced Sun-Star

Another challenger has announced intent to run for the District 2 seat of the Merced County Board of Supervisors. Pastor and educator Angel Barragan said he's ...



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...



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 ...



Merced, California, child dies in train collision  Sacramento Bee

A child has died after a collision with a train in Merced, California, according to police. The collision was reported at 3:47 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2019, just east of ...



GV & MHS Class of 2009 Reunion  Merced County Times

Established in 1964, Mid-Valley Publications (MVP) is an employee-owned group of five weekly community newspapers in Merced and Stanislaus counties.



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 ...



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 ...



Stories of alleged sexual harassment continue as Merced high school board addresses policies  The Modesto Bee

The national "#MeToo" discussion that has reinvigorated conversations on sexual assault and harassment came to Atwater on Wednesday, as teachers, ...



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 ...



Vanessa Salazar | Newsroom  UC Merced University News

Vanessa Salazar got involved with the Gateway Scholarship Program as a freshman at Merced High School and said guidance in navigating how to apply to ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Viangkaeo Lee | Newsroom  UC Merced University News

Viangkaeo Lee gave back to the Gateway Scholarship Program by serving as a mentor and student ambassador for the program. Viangkaeo Lee was invited to ...



Teacher, others share sexual harassment mishandling by Merced high school district  Merced Sun-Star

A tense Merced Union High School District meeting on Wednesday came to a head when a celebrated teacher blasted administrators, saying they protected ...



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 High School hosts unified basketball exhibition game  Merced Sun-Star

Players from Merced County schools compete in a unified basketball exhibition game at Merced High School in Merced, Calif., on Friday, March 16, 2018.



University Promotes Social Mobility Through Local and Regional Programs | Newsroom  UC Merced University News

By Kenneth Mashinchi, UC Merced. July 16, 2019. UC Merced's Gateway Scholarship, College Track and KIPP program partnerships provide students the tools ...



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.



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 student says girls afraid, boys indifferent after coach is named as alleged sexual harasser  Modesto Bee

A Golden Valley High student tells the MUHSD school board about her fears Oct. 10, 2018, after reading about boys varsity basketball coach Keith Hunter ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Me-N-Ed's Team of the Week - Merced High School Merced defeated Atwater in Santa Fe Bowl on Friday  KFSN-TV

Me-N-Ed's Team of the Week - Merced High School Merced defeated Atwater in Santa Fe Bowl on Friday. Share: Share · Tweet · Email. Tuesday, October 3 ...



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.



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 high schools get new principals  Merced Sun-Star

The Merced Union High School District has named two new principals, each a graduate of Atwater High School. The board of trustees appointed Jon Schaefer to ...



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.



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.



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 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 ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Pedrozo starts campaign for seat on Board of Supervisors  Merced County Times

With the backdrop of the new Campus Parkway extension project taking shape near East Childs Avenue, former Merced City Council member Josh Pedrozo.



Here are the young women who want the Miss Merced County crown  Merced Sun-Star

The Miss Merced County pageant is Jan. 27 at Golden Valley High School in Merced. Eleven young women will face off.



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.



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.



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

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



Notebook: Livesay named CCC volleyball MVP. Atwater’s Norton headed to state.  Merced Sun-Star

The Golden Valley High boys volleyball team won a second consecutive Central California Conference championship, sharing the title with Buhach Colony.



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, ...



In The Studio: Mental Health Advocates On Knowing The Signs, Introducing Teens To Wellness Careers  Valley Public Radio

Last week we brought you a story about high schoolers in Merced asking for a mental health class, and getting one. This week, moderator Kathleen Schock.



High school soccer’s move to winter getting a chilly reception  Merced Sun-Star

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



Alumnus Finds His Purpose in Education | Newsroom  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 ...



Golden Valley girls soccer goes top of the table with a win over Merced  Merced Sun-Star

Coaches don't tend to be fans of rivalry games. As much fun as the atmosphere can be, when that many raw emotions come into play, the outcome tends to be ...



Sun-Star honors Winter female athletes. Ervin, Munoz and Juarez earn top honors.  Merced Sun-Star

Merced's Amaya Ervin, Golden Valley's Amenah Munoz and Atwater's Courtney Juarez named Winter Athletes of the Year.



Three Merced-area coaches named section Model Coach winners  Merced Sun-Star

Rob Scheidt tries to create a family atmosphere with his football teams at Merced High School. The Bears coach is great at developing personal relationships ...



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 ...



Merced veteran shares pride on Independence Day  Merced Sun-Star

Independence Day, for many, means a three-day weekend, a beach day or a family outing, but for those who have served in the armed forces, the Fourth of July ...



Golden Valley offense stays hot in win over Merced  Merced Sun-Star

The Cougars finished off a two-game sweep of Merced with a 14-2 win on Friday night.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Jimmie Jackson: NAACP meeting  Vallejo Times Herald

The Vallejo NAACP with the vote of the membership has changed its meeting time to: Fourth Saturday 12 noon. Meetings will be held at 912 Florida St. Vallejo.



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 is California's fastest growing county  KFSN-TV

Merced is California's fastest growing county, but the housing market is having trouble keeping up.



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 soccer earning results while in search of consistency  Merced Sun-Star

The Bears weren't sharp for the full 80 minutes Monday but did enough during the good runs of play to secure a 2-0 victory over El Capitan.



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 ...



Mayor Wants Fowler Families To Have Preschool Access, So He's Encouraging An Online Option  Valley Public Radio

Mayor David Cardenas of Fowler wants his small city to be at the forefront of education. That's why he spends his lunch break passing out fliers, urging families ...



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.



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 ...



California Softball POY: Madilyn “Bubba” Nickles  USA TODAY High School Sports

The Gatorade State Softball Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated ...



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 ...



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.



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 ...



10 candidates vying for 3 Merced County Board of Supervisors seats  Merced Sun-Star

Three seats on the Merced County Board of Supervisors are up for election on June 7, attracting 10 candidates.



Santana, Stokes are Water Polo Players of Year  Merced Sun-Star

Hope Stokes had a tough time just walking after El Capitan edged Oakmont 10-9 in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.



Roger Straw: Vigil for border children on Friday in Benicia  Vallejo Times Herald

Our daily news is overflowing on the tragic conditions at our southern border. The TV and print reporters are on it, and some of our leaders in Washington, D.C., ...



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 ...



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 ...



Merced backpack giveaway benefits hundreds of kids  KFSN-TV

MERCED, Calif. (KFSN) -- Hundreds of children in the North Valley now have the school supplies they need thanks to one outstanding teenager. There was a ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



Merced Speedway provides fair entertainment  Merced Sun-Star

The Merced Speedway will be in action on Wednesday during Merced County Fair.



Prep softball: Vanden gets walk-off win in playoff opener  Fairfield Daily Republic

FAIRFIELD — Heading into extra innings, both the Vanden and Merced high school softball teams had who they wanted up in the lineup. It was the Vikings, ...



Dos Palos High teacher, former coach arrested on suspicion of sex with girl  Los Banos Enterprise

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 ...



This Merced native lost his foot. Now he's going to the Paralympic championship  Merced Sun-Star

A Merced native is going to have a second chance at winning a medal for Team U.S.A's paralympic swimming team at the championships in Mexico City.



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 ...



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 ...



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.



Merced’s Fluetsch is MVP of CCC  Merced Sun-Star

After losing two games in the first round of Central California Conference play, the Merced High School boys water polo team wasn't in a good spot. The Bears ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



Varsity football season record at 6-0 after San Mateo victory  Scot Scoop News

A team name once murmured in the hallways as a joke is now the spark for chatter and excitement all across the Carlmont campus. Two years ago, to hear that ...



Selma High School fall water polo schedules | Selma Enterprise  Hanford Sentinel

Entering its third year as a program, the Selma Bears girls water polo team is in position to make some noise in the upcoming 2014 season. With less than two.



Surely, you jester: It seems everywhere you look, there’s a #creepyclown  Fresno Bee

Law enforcement up and down the Central Valley, and from coast to coast, is dealing with a battalion of creepy clowns on social media (and sometimes in real ...



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