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For Immediate Release: May 29, 2013                      Contact: Sherry Mercurio, Director Public Relations

Franklin University, 614.947.6581,

West Hills College Student Receives Bachelor’s

Degree through Online Completion Program

COLUMBUS, OH – A West Hills College student was awarded a bachelor’s degree at a commencement ceremony Sunday, May 12, 2013. However, the degree awarded was not from West Hills College, but rather from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio.

The graduate, Javier Cazares – Business Administration (Resides:  Coalinga, CA, 93210) completed his bachelor degree by participating in a unique educational alliance between West Hills College and Franklin University. The bachelor’s degree completion program allows students in the U.S. to combine on campus coursework at their local community college with online classes through Franklin to complete their degree.

West Hills College is one of more than nearly 270 community colleges across the U.S. that has formed an educational alliance with Franklin University. The Community College Alliance was established to provide students the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree online while remaining in their community.  Bachelor’s degrees are available in: Accounting, Allied Healthcare Management, Applied Management, Applied Psychology, Business Administration, Business Economics, Business Forensics, Communications, Computer Science, Criminal Justice Administration, eMarketing, Financial Management, Financial Planning, Forensic Accounting, Healthcare Information Management, Healthcare Management, Human Resources Management, Information Security, Information Systems Auditing, Information Technology, Interactive Media Design, Interdisciplinary Studies, Management, Management Information Sciences, Marketing, Nursing*, Operations & Supply Chain Management, Public Administration, Public Relations, Public Safety Management, Safety, Security & Emergency Management, Social Media Design, and Web Development.  An innovative 17-month online MBAalso is available. (Please note:  Program availability varies by state.  ) *This degree program is restricted to students with current RN licenses.   

Adults have responded enthusiastically to the convenient online format and the ability to fit classes into their daily schedule.  Students also have the benefit of belonging to two schools at one time. They can access Franklin’s resources in addition to the resources of West Hills College.  Franklin’s resources include academic advising, a help desk and a library system. Each student also is assigned a Student Services Associate who provides support and guidance by answering questions about transcripts, financial aid or even how to purchase textbooks.

About Franklin University

Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. Annually, more than 11,000 students attend Franklin, through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, three Central Ohio locations, at regional locations in Beavercreek, Ohio and Indianapolis, in addition to online. Franklin offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs (with four new graduate programs available Winter 2013) and graduates more than 1,500 students annually. The University’s MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

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According to an article in the Coalinga Recorder the Chamber addressed some of the concerns and rumors about the Horn Toad Derby. The first rumor was dealing with bracelets and the cost.

“Rumor 1: Bracelets for rides will be sold. False: Discount tickets are the best deal one gets for the buck. There will be no passes , no bracelets, and no better deal than the presale discount tickets.”

The article goes on saying that tickets have been the same price for the last 5 years at $20.00 for 30 tickets equating to around 6 rides @ an average rate of 5 tickets for the big rides with a discount ticket book sold until may 23rd at your local retailers.

Does this insinuate that 6 rides @ $20.00 per book is a better deal than a $30-$50 unlimited ride wristband, or is that just saying that is the best deal that is being provided.?

I suggest that if your going to the Derby, that you buy the tickets now and save some of that hard earned money. Don’t be the hold out, only to pay Derby pricing when you get there!!!


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For Immediate Release
Contact:  March 22, 2013
Diana Jackin
(559) 472-7148

Texting Contest to Raise Thousands for Local Schools Cherry Avenue Auction will give away a total of $12,000 to top three schools receiving the most votes

Sending a simple text could help earn thousands of dollars for your favorite Fresno County high school.  Beginning on Monday, April 1st at 6am, a texting contest will allow people to vote for a Fresno County high school to win a large cash donation. To participate, simply text “SCHOOL” to the number 58124 and you’ll then receive a text back asking you for the name of the specific school you want to vote for.  Cherry Avenue Auction will give a cash donation to the top three high schools receiving the most text votes, with 1st place receiving $8,000, 2nd place receiving $3,000, and 3rd place receiving $1,000.
A total of 34 high schools in 19 Fresno County school districts will be included in the program, covering all high schools in Fresno Unified, Clovis Unified, Central Unified, Kings Canyon Unified, Caruthers Unified, Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified, Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified, Fowler Unified, Golden Plains Unified, Kerman Unified, Kingsburg Joint Union High, Laton Unified, Mendota Unified, Parlier Unified, Riverdale Unified, Sanger Unified, Selma Unified, Sierra Unified, and Washington Union Unified School Districts.
“As the father of three young girls, I know how important school funding is, and I also know how much people love to text!” said Neil Burson, Co-Owner of Cherry Avenue Auction.  “Last year’s school fundraising contest focused on the elementary schools and Facebook as a voting mechanism, and this year we thought we’d try something different.  We wanted to give local high schools a chance to earn much needed money to fund important programs, and texting is an easy way for people to vote.”
“Fresno County high schools serve over 50,000 students and each could benefit from these funds to enhance their learning experiences,” said Dr. Michele Copher, Educational Services Administrator for the Fresno County Office of Education.  “This is an opportunity for students, parents, and community members to get involved and support their local high schools.  Last year Orange Center Elementary, one of the smallest schools in rural Fresno County, took home the biggest prize so it’s really about motivating everyone to help get their votes in.”
 The contest will run from April 1st at 6am until April 15th at 6pm.   The votes will then be tallied and ranked, and the winning schools will be announced.  People will be able to follow the progress of their school’s voting tallies on Cherry Avenue Auction’s Facebook page.
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Local students graduated December 15, 2012, from Fresno Pacific University.

Christine Alcaraz, David Bonilla, Roxanne Contreras, Tina Flores, Erica Romo-Solorio, and Celena Watson, all of Coalinga, were among 417 graduates at the university’s spring commencement, which took place in the Special Events Center on the main campus, 1717 S. Chestnut St., Fresno.

Alcaraz received a B.A. in Business Management. Bonilla received a M.A. in Kinesiology. Contreras received a B.A. in Early Childhood Development. Flores received a B.A. in Early Childhood Development. Romo-Solorio received a B.A. in Early-Childhood Development. Watson received a B.A. in Liberal Arts-Land/People Valley

Alcaraz, and Flores graduated with honors. Watson graduated with high honors.

The ceremony for the 150 traditional undergraduates and graduate students—including seminary graduates earning master’s degrees—was at 10:00 a.m., and the ceremony for the 267 bachelor’s degree completion students was at 6:00 p.m.

The commencement address was by Pete C. Menjares, Ph.D., president of FPU.

Commencement can be viewed free online at


Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. This year about 3,500 traditional and adult students attend classes on the 50-acre main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced. The university also reaches more than 8,000 students across the nation and around the world through professional development studies programs. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university and is the Valley’s only comprehensive Christian university granting master’s degrees. FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked among the best in the Western universities—master’s category by U.S. News & World Report.


Important Announcement and Wishful Prayer:

   A ground breaking Coalingan known as “Springy Line” has fallen into hard times. His dad, John Line, is standing by his side as Springys most important confidant and loyal leader. Springy has justified himself to be an upstanding American and Coalingan in his 12 years of on-going life span. Ending in October he was convulsing badly at 1am in the morning. Immediately he was rushed to the emergency hospital where he was put on IV and fluids transfer.

After several cat scans it was announced that his pancreas had failed, meaning his body could no longer produce the insulin he needed for his survival and life. Therefore, he was deemed as a diabetic dog. Immediate attention was delivered and administered for 3 days in the emergency hospital. After coming home for hopeful recovery he had to have 2 feeding periods and have administering a shot of insulin at 6 units each time twice a day along with special diabetic food. Within the several months after a warm recovery he woke up from one night to the next morning completely blind due to the diabetes and cataracts that had grown and was crashing into walls.

When consulting with the Veterinarian, they said no hope was in the future for his sight to regain. John was devastated along with refusing to accept this and began taking matters into his own determination. Finding an Ophthalmologist Specialist including many hours of consultation and tests with eye medication it was determined that Springy had a fighting chance at a high financial expense. In correlation he was working with an Internal Medicinist whom had to control all failing blood levels with tests that involve Glucose balance, Fructosimine, Thyroids levels, and Urinal tract infection just to mention the least.

Around February 2013 Springy was given thumbs up by the Internal Medicinist specialist for an average clean slate and was ready to undergo “anesthesia” and eye surgery for his sight to be recovered. Springy is a true Coalingan and a fighter for survival and his scheduled surgery will be coming up in the middle of this week with John by his side.

        Please say a “prayer” for his survival as he is looking forward to seeing all of you again and the beautiful town we all live in for many years to come of enjoyment. Thank you.

John Line



Coalinga Police Department · 270 N. Sixth Street · Coalinga, CA 93210-1908 · (559) 935-2313 · Fax: (559) 935-1756
Calvin D. Minor
Chief of Police

For Immediate Release:
Date: March 3, 2021
Prepared By/Contact Person: Lt. Darren Blevins


In November of 2012 the Coalinga Police Department hired an officer and placed him
on an undercover assignment to purchase drugs from street level dealers within the
City. The majority of the Department’s employees did not know of this operation. This
operation was supervised by the Departments Narcotics Supervisor which resulted in
over 75 purchases of illegal drugs during this four month period. The undercover officer
was able to directly buy methamphetamines, marijuana and prescription pills during
these investigations. Late last week search warrants were obtained for 11 locations in
the City of Coalinga and 19 street level dealers were identified for arrest.
On Thursday February 28, 2021 officers from the Coalinga Police Department
conducted buy/bust stings and arrested four individuals for possession for sales of
methamphetamines. On Friday March 1, 2021 officers from the Coalinga Police
Department, California Highway Patrol, members from M.A.G.E.C, Avenal Police
Department and the Huron Police Department served 8 search warrants and arrested
18 suspects for narcotic sales within the City of Coalinga.
The search warrant service continued during the morning hours of Saturday March 2,
2013 with the service of the last three search warrants. 3 suspects were arrested during
this phase of the operation, all charged for the possession and sales of narcotics. Officers served search warrants at the below locations:
100 block of Washington St.
400 block of E. Valley St.
700 Block of E. Valley St.
300 block of E. Houston
2 in the 800 block of Circle Dr.
100 block of Tyler St.
200 block of Tyler St.
300 block of Van Ness St.
200 block Monroe St.
100 block of E. Sacramento St.
After completing the search warrants, the officers continued searching for the
outstanding suspects on the list of 19 who were wanted for the sale of narcotics. As of
Saturday March 2, 2013, at 2:00 PM all except for 2 have been arrested and officers are
currently searching for them.
During the investigation officers have also arrested additional suspects for being under
the influence of narcotics, paroles at large and possession of a dangerous weapon. One
of the suspects in this investigation was charged additionally with threatening a witness,
after she had texted the undercover officer threatening him with physical violence. All
the arrested individuals were booked into the Coalinga City Jail and later transported to
the Fresno County Jail.
This investigation is ongoing as additional suspects are yet to be identified.

For a list of those arrested Click here to read the rest at


Coalinga Police Department · 270 N. Sixth Street · Coalinga, CA 93210-1908 · (559) 935-2313 · Fax: (559) 935-1756

Calvin D. Minor
Chief of Police
For Immediate Release:
Date: February 27, 2021
Prepared By/Contact Person: Sergeant R Milligan


On Tuesday February 27, 2013, Officers with the Coalinga Police Department
conducted a traffic stop on East Elm Street that led to the recovery of a handgun.
Initially the 1994 Toyota Camry was stopped due to driving with the high beams on
(a violation of California Vehicle Code 24409(a).) The driver of the vehicle, Ignacio
Sanchez, was found to be on active CDC parole and is a documented Bulldog gang
During a search of the vehicle, a .38 revolver was located underneath one of the front
seats. The serial numbers on the gun had been filed off.
Driver Ignacio Sanchez, passenger Angel Ivan Padilla, Jessica Guzman, and a
juvenile female passenger, were all taken into custody and booked into the Coalinga Jail
on various weapons violation charges.
Sanchez and Padilla were later transferred to the Fresno County Jail.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



For Immediate Release:
Date: January 14, 2021 Prepared By/Contact Person: Sgt. Chris Simons


On January 10, at about 7:15 am, members of the Coalinga Police Department served search warrants at two locations in Coalinga. A trailer in the 600 block of E. Elm was searched, as was a residence in the 1900 block of Via Robles.
The search warrant services led to the arrest of three Coalinga residents and the seizure of methamphetamine, marijuana, controlled substance paraphernalia, and over $16,000 in cash.
24-year old Pedro Alejandro Uribe Murillo was arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia and Possession of Controlled Substance for Sale. 20-year-old Santana Lorraine Aguirre was arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia. Murillo’s mother, Maria Elena Murillo De Uribe was arrested for Conspiracy, after she allegedly attempted to hide $15,000 of suspected proceeds from illegal drug sales.
The investigation into Murillo’s crimes stem from his arrest by a patrol officer on 1/1/13. The Coalinga Police Department is continuing to actively pursue drug dealers and anyone with information with drug sales are asked to contact Detective Andrew Diaz at the Coalinga Police Department.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

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