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Tina Botill

Tina is the Managing Editor at The Corcoran Journal. To contact her, please call the newspaper.

Thursday, 15 November 2018 22:50

Nominations sought

The Corcoran Chamber of Commerce is in search of Corcoran’s finest for 2018. The chamber is looking for nominees for Man, Woman, Jr. Citizen and Organization of the Year. Know someone who is devoted to the community and needs to be honored for their volunteer work? Now is the time to put together a list of their commitments and service to Corcoran.
The person must be a resident of Corcoran, who is actively involved in the local community. Those nominating someone must give a detailed explanation of why they feel this person or organization is deserving of the award. Judging will be based on the length and breadth of civic and community involvement. Awards are based on volunteerism, not work-related accomplishments. And multiple nominations will not add to the judge’s scores.
Nominations need to include the name of the person making the nomination. A list of clubs, organizations, community activities and social groups the nominee belongs to will be considered by the judges. Also, add the number of years of service, along with any offices held. Work completed over the past year that has been of benefit to the community will also be considered.
When making a nomination, attempt to include the number of hours of service time. The winners will be honored at the annual Corcoran Chamber of Commerce banquet which will be held the beginning of next year.
To obtain a nomination form or to submit the name of a person or organization from the Corcoran Community that is worthy of being Man, Woman, Jr. Citizen or Organization of the year for 2018 contact the Corcoran Chamber of Commerce at 992-4514 or stop by their office at 1040 Whitley Ave.

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The sign is up at the new pavilion at John Maroot Park and Sunday it will be officially dedicated in honor of Nate and Vivian Butler of Corcoran. The Butlers have been actively volunteering in Corcoran especially with its youth for many years. It is there volunteerism and impact that they have had on the community that has brought about this honor.
Since the 1980’s Nate and Vivian Butler have been nurturing and inspiring the youth in the Corcoran community. Nate worked for H.A. James Construction for 28 years before working for Tulare Lake and Drainage where he has been the past 17 years. In 1985 he began his volunteer coaching career at the then Corcoran Family YMCA, where he coached Youth Basketball. Eventually, he got involved coaching with the Corcoran Little League where he served on the CLL board as the Player Rep. Nate eventually became part of the coaching staff for The Corcoran Steelers Pop Warner football team. He continues his career there becoming the team’s President. Nate continued coaching for The Steelers for 33 years. During that time he served on The Sequoia Youth Football League board, was the town representative for all Corcoran teams. He also served on the Leagues’ Rules Governing Committee (RGC) as Vice President. In 2002, Nate was named Corcoran’s Man of the Year for his years of service to the community.
Vivian Butler taught Pre-school at Head Start for eight years followed by 18 years with Corcoran Unified School District as an Instructional Aide and In-School Suspension. She continued her career at the Recreation Association of Corcoran working as the receptionist for the past 11 years. In 1994, Vivian began her volunteer coaching career as the Senior Squad Cheer Advisor, later becoming the Corcoran Steeler Youth Cheer President. She oversaw the Youth Cheer Program from 1994-2011. In between coaching the Steelers, Vivian became the Corcoran High School Pep Squad Advisor from 1995-2001. During her time with The Steelers and CHS Panthers, Vivian served on the Sequoia Youth Football League Cheer board. She also went on to becoming the Sequoia Youth Football Vice President.
When the Dynamic Duo finds a bit of time to relax, they enjoy spending time with their family which includes trips to Sacramento to visit their son Ryan and his wife Kristin, their children Ryan Rochelle, Quincy and Reese. Daily adventures are had with their daughter, Charissa and her boyfriend, Alan, and can’t forget their fur-babies Bear and Coldy. Nate and Vivian can be found glued to the TV rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers or hosting family functions with their Mother, Dorothy Grier, as well as their siblings, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends!

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 22:41

Phytogen, CHS Ag partners in cotton

The Corcoran High School Ag department continues to do great things. Among those is their partnership with Phytogen who works closely with the CHS Ag Department and their FFA students to make the large farm productive. Last week, was harvest time for cotton which had been planted on the big farm on Plymouth and Van Dorsten Avenues.
According to CHS Ag teacher Dustin Newby the partnership between the two entities provides a great hands-on learning opportunity for his students.
“Phytogen provides us with the cotton seed, and then we plant it, cultivate it, and water it. They help us during harvest time by picking certain varieties of the cotton from the seed they provide to us. After harvest is over Phytogen takes the seeds and Corcoran FFA gets the lint which is eventually sold,” Newby said.
The project grows two different varieties of Pima Cotton and seven different varieties of Upland. The project done on the big farm allows Phytogen to isolate the cotton for purity, noted Joel Mahill Cotton Breeder Research for Phytogen.
“It’s ideal for us”, added Mahill. “And, we wanted it to be a program that could support the students.”
During the visit last week to the farm students saw first-hand how the cotton was picked and they also learned more about GMO grown versus organic and what happens to cotton seed and fiber.
Glenn Terrell, Contract Coordinator for Phytogen spoke to the students regarding growing high quality California seed and explained how they kept the cotton grow isolated from others to prevent contamination—which included the foraging traits of the honey bee. He also spoke to students about going into a career in Agriculture.
“We hope we can continue this for years to come and provide it as a learning experience for you,” Terrell commented. “Ten to twenty years down the road you may be standing here giving this speech.”
Newby also hopes to continue the partnership with Phytogen.
“This program teaches them responsibility and brings to life what we learn in the classroom.  For the students who are interesting in going into an agriculture related profession after high school, it helps strengthen their skills, background and knowledge on farming. They learn the different varieties of cotton and all of the aspects that come with it. They learn how and when to plant, cultivate and irrigate,” Newby noted. “Next week they will return (to the farm) and learn about the stalk chopping and dicing the remains under. Going forward our goal is for the production farm to be totally student driven, actually having them out there planting and cultivating and harvesting, to the point where they are operating some of the equipment”.
CHS senior Travis Daniel who plans to a career in Ag said they’ve helped in some aspects and Phytogen has taught them what is being done in every phase of the process.
Newby is a pleased with the project and the opportunities it provides to his students.
“I think the project is great; more hands-on learning is the goal for our students in the ag department. The students are passionate about the program and the opportunities presented to them here. Great things are happening at CHS and within our department. Not many schools have 100 plus acres to farm and for the students here at CHS who wish to major in agronomy or plant science, taking part in growing 80 acres of cotton in a high school setting is only going to help pave the way for their future,” Newby added.

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 22:40

Patsy A. Shannon

Graveside services were held Saturday, November 3 at 12:00 p.m. at the Corcoran District Cemetery for Patsy A. Shannon (Crist), who died October 24, 2018 in El Dorado Hills, Ca.
Shannon was born in Richmond, Indiana and her family moved to the Corcoran area in 1947.  Pat grew up in Corcoran, where she met and married her high school sweetheart, Wayne.  They then moved to San Jose and finally to El Dorado Hills. Following the death of Wayne on October 5, 2018, Patsy fell ill and passed peacefully in her home.
Patsy is survived by her daughter, Susanna Tator; her sons, Roger Wayne Shannon Jr. and his wife, Chandra, and John Shannon and his wife, Sherry.  She also has three grandchildren, Lon, Cierra, and Mikala. 
She will be truly missed by all who knew her.

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 22:40

Patsy A. Shannon

Graveside services were held Saturday, November 3 at 12:00 p.m. at the Corcoran District Cemetery for Patsy A. Shannon (Crist), who died October 24, 2018 in El Dorado Hills, Ca.
Shannon was born in Richmond, Indiana and her family moved to the Corcoran area in 1947.  Pat grew up in Corcoran, where she met and married her high school sweetheart, Wayne.  They then moved to San Jose and finally to El Dorado Hills. Following the death of Wayne on October 5, 2018, Patsy fell ill and passed peacefully in her home.
Patsy is survived by her daughter, Susanna Tator; her sons, Roger Wayne Shannon Jr. and his wife, Chandra, and John Shannon and his wife, Sherry.  She also has three grandchildren, Lon, Cierra, and Mikala. 
She will be truly missed by all who knew her.

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 22:39

Vinna Kathleen Baker

Services will be held at a later date for Vinna Kathleen Baker, 57, who died Oct. 29 at her home in Corcoran.
Vinna was born September 20, 1961 in Pierce County Washington. She worked for Corcoran Unified School District in the cafeteria for 7 years. 
Survivors include her husband, Nathan “Cooper” Baker; her parents, Clementine and David Russell; her children, Ryan, Joshua and Shea-la; siblings, Scott and Kelly; and two grandchildren.
Arrangements were made under the direction of the Bledsoe Family People’s Funeral Chapel.

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 22:36

Tree dedicated to Mr. Zuniga

A tree stands tall in the quad at Corcoran High School in the memory of Anthony Zuniga thanks to the efforts of Assemblyman Rudy Salas. A tree dedication and planting ceremony was held Wednesday to honor the former Corcoran High Band Teacher, affectionately known as Mr. Z, who died Aug. 20 at the age of 82. Mr. Z’s family attended the ceremony as well as Corcoran Unified School District staff, board members, and students along with Assemblymember Rudy Salas.
Mr. Z taught Band and Music Appreciation, Life Decisions and Spanish I at Corcoran High School.  He also worked with the Migrant Education Program.  As band director Mr. Zuniga worked hard to build a program the school and district could be proud of. He managed that by working with band programs from elementary to Junior High and at the high school level. He eventually had a marching band which consisted of 100 members playing instruments. That number did not take into account the flag team. One of the highlights of the school year for the band was to attend the East West Shrine game in San Francisco. He retired from teaching after 25 years.
Mr. Z’s zest for life and music is unparalleled. He not only worked as the office manager for 20 years at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Corcoran he also led the choir. He was a so devoted to the church that he was very active in many church activities including fundraisers, putting trees up for the holidays, teaching religious education classes and he even assisted at the Alpaugh parish.
Prior to his death in Aug. Mr. Z was able to fulfill his final bucket list item of singing with the Fresno master Chorale for two years. Last year he went to Spain with the Chorale and he said being able to perform with them was a life dream which he was proud to have accomplished.
Anthony was so committed to music that CUSD’s Board of Trustees President Bobby Toney said of the recently planted tree, “The way Anthony was with music don’t be surprised if it makes music.”
As part of his efforts to honor Mr. Zuniga with the tree ceremony, Assemblyman Rudy Salas recognized Anthony by telling his story.
“Today we come together as a community to honor the memory of Anthony John Zuniga, a beloved Corcoran leader and educator,” said Assemblymember Rudy Salas. “The positive impact that he had on the lives of so many students will continue to be heard in their music. In planting this tree in his memory, it is a testament to his commitment to Corcoran and its families, and serves as a reminder of his great passion for music and education that will live on for generations.”
Assemblyman Salas was also responsible for securing the tree from Tree Fresno, who donated the Keith Davey Chinese Pistache tree as part of a grant from PG&E.
“I want to thank Assemblyman Salas for honoring one of Corcoran’s finest and for keeping the Zuniga family in mind for this dedication,” said Kings County District 2 Supervisor Richard Valle.
Mr. Zuniga’s son, Kris addressed those who attended the ceremony.
“This means a lot to my mom and our family. Dad loved plants and he would sit out back underneath the tree so this is perfect,” he added.
Family was very important to Mr. Z. He cherished spending time with his grandchildren during the holiday season, putting the tree up and making sure each light outside was perfect. He also enjoyed his dog Holly, the many days sitting out under the tree in his yard. He loved planting his flowers every season. He especially loved to go over to his sister Mary’s house to have lunch with her. 
Anthony was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, mentor and friend. Above all He loved his God. He was very devoted during his lifetime to the church.  Anthony was funny, loving and kind. He was also a wonderful Godfather.  He took that job very seriously. Always making time for questions or uplifting.  We will all miss Anthony and remember what a great example he was and what a wonderful man he was. His accomplishments were out of this world. But mostly he will be remembered by family and friends for his love and kindness. 
Anthony is survived by his wife, JoAnn; son Mark and wife Claudia, son Kris and wife Kelly and son Kenan and Fiancé Louise; his siblings, Mary Moreno, Carmen Alberts and Gerald; 7 grandchildren Kaila, Kimberlee, Kristen, Kendra, Rian, Delaney and Greyson; five great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
In addition to Assemblyman Salas, also recognized for their part in the tree ceremony were CUSD Superintendent Rich Merlo, Lee Ayers of Tree Fresno, Dameane Douglas Office of Assemblyman Rudy Salas, Richard Valle Kings County District 2 Supervisor, Marty Raeber MOT Director for CUSD, Mark Burden CUSD Grounds Maintenance, Javier Cervantes  CHS Custodian, CHS ASB and advisor Kellen Ornellas, CHS band director Chad McCoy, CHS ROTC Color Guard and Lt. Col. Rudy Cardona, CHS Principal Antonia Stone, Rogelio Caudillo from the office of Senator Andy Vidak and Jake Mizner from the office of Congressman David Valadao.

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 22:35

Murder suspect still unknown

Police are still on the hunt for a suspect in a Corcoran homicide that took place in April of 2016.
In a recent news release, the Corcoran Police Department noted officers were dispatched to a traffic collision at the intersection of Sherman and Chittenden avenues at about 8 p.m. on April 11, 2016. Officers located 39-year-old Gustavo Guadalupe Ortega with a single gunshot wound to the chest. The victim died at the scene.
Witnesses stated they observed the victim parked in the roadway arguing with another subject in a small dark colored vehicle. Witnesses also told police they heard a gunshot and observed the dark colored vehicle speed away.
The victim attempted to drive away but collided with an object in a front yard of a residence in the 1300 block of Chittenden Ave.
The Corcoran Police Department is asking anyone with information about this crime to call 992-5151. Anyone with information may remain anonymous by calling the confidential crime line at 992-3591. Information can also be provided through the Nixle alert.
The Central Valley Crime Stoppers has posted the information on their Facebook page. Send an anonymous top to Crime Stoppers at 498-STOP or If the tip leads to an arrest, the person providing it may qualify for up to $3,000. Only tips sent through the Crime Stoppers Anonymous system can qualify for reward money.

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 22:31

After 44 years Jeanette Todd retires

The Corcoran Journal which celebrated the start of its 110th year in October will be going through a major transformation in the next couple of months.
The biggest change is that after 44 years at The Journal Jeanette Todd has retired. Todd has been an important part of The Journal for over four decades.

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 BAKERSFIELD, CA – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) has proven once again that he is the candidate of choice for law enforcement and public safety after the California State Sheriffs’ Association announced their endorsement of Salas for re-election to the 32nd Assembly District. 
“The men and women who serve as sheriffs dedicate their lives to protecting and serving families in the Central Valley and throughout California,” said Assemblymember Salas. “I admire the work that they do to keep our communities safe and am honored to earn their support. I am proud of the accomplishments that we have been able to achieve by working together, including securing millions for public safety and community services in the Central Valley.”     
California State Sheriffs' Association (CSSA) is a nonprofit professional organization comprised of the 58 sheriffs along with thousands of law-abiding citizens throughout the state. The association was formed in 1894 for the purpose of giving California sheriffs a single effective voice. 
The sheriffs serve as upholders of our communities’ public safety needs. CSSA functions as a legislative watchdog for the county sheriff and sheriff's personnel as well as for citizens on professional and law enforcement issues.  
The California State Sheriffs’ Association’s endorsement of Assemblymember Salas is yet another in a broad coalition of top law enforcement groups and individuals that have chosen to support Salas as the clear champion for public safety in the Central Valley. 
Other law enforcement groups include California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA), the California Association of Highway Patrolmen (CAHP), the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS), the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA), and the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA). 
Assemblymember Salas represents the 32nd Assembly District which is comprised of part of the city of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Avenal, Corcoran, Delano, Hanford, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco and the communities of Armona, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.

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