SWEENEY MAY GO WITH BARSOTTI — The redshirt freshman who guided Madera High to the North Yosemite League title in 1986 is giving Dave Telford and Coach Jim Sweeney something to think about. Sweeney plans to play Barsotti in the season opening game at the University of New Mexico and probably again the following week when the Bulldogs travel to play Colorado. Should Barsotti do well in those games, and should Telford get off to a slow start, then Barsotti could find himself in the starting role. “Telford will be better this year, and he will have to be better to stay ahead of Barsotti. If Telford falters, Barsotti can step in,” Sweeney said.
LARSON, PRICE WON’T SEEK CITY COUNCIL REELECTION — Incumbents Ralph Larson and Sam Price will not make another run for the Madera City Council, leaving wide open two seats and extending the filing period until Wednesday. Six people have taken out papers, and five have filed for the two four-year terms. Candidates who have thrown their hats into the ring thus far are Harry Diebert, Marc Scalzo, Rudy Alvidrez, Verdell McKelvy, and Phil Walker. Larson has served eight consecutive years on the council. Price ran unopposed for his current seat to complete the two-year term left vacant by the resignation of James Oakley. He also served on the council from 1970 to 1978.
BUCHENAU TO REPRESENT MADERA AT REPUBLICAN CONVENTION — Elsie Buchenau will serve as a delegate to the Republican Convention in New Orleans next week as a representative of the California delegation. Buchenau has been active in the Republican Party for many years. She has worked on committees for Goldwater, Eisenhower, Nixon, and Reagan. Just recently she was appointed chairperson of the George Bush Committee in Madera County. Only two Madera County residents, the late Grace Arnold and Marie Solberg, have ever been asked to serve as delegates to the Republican Convention.
SCHOOLS FACE HEFTY INCREASE IN BLUE CROSS PREMIUMS — Both the Madera County Board of Education and the Madera Unified School District face higher premiums on health insurance this coming year. Rates for the county will increase by 65 percent. In a letter to County School Superintendent Sally Frazier, a Central Valley Schools Health and Welfare Trust spokesman attributed the increase to “underwriting errors.” MUSD Director of Fiscal Services Velma Gannon said the district’s rates would rise 53 percent. The MUSD Board of Trustees did not recommend any action on the increases at Tuesday’s meeting...