NEW MADERA COUNTY LIBRARIAN — A librarian from Fresno has been selected as the new Madera County librarian. Supervisors announced Tuesday that they had chosen Jeannine Semrau to replace Sallie Riehl, who resigned after nearly a decade of service as the county librarian. Ms. Semrau will begin her new duties after the first of the year. She will be in charge of the main branch of the library and three branches. She will supervise about a dozen employees and will earn a salary of $33,650.
OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE PARK PLANS DROPPED — People who have fantasized about riding off into the sunset at a local off-road vehicle park have had their dreams dashed again. Supervisors agreed to drop efforts to study a proposed site near Hensley Lake after being told of strong opposition to the proposal. Ron Daggett of Daggett & Associates, the firm that lobbied for the $110,000 study grant, recommended that the project be dropped. “I do not care to be personally involved with the creation of a problem,” said Daggett.
FRIANT DAM CRACKING — An unusual chemical reaction in the concrete of Friant Dam has caused extensive cracking throughout the structure. Engineers blame the use of local sands and gravels in the concrete mixture during the dam’s construction as the cause. “There is really no way to repair it,” said George Hunter, a supervisor at the dam. Under a worst case scenario, Hunter said engineers would have to knock out the defective concrete and pour new concrete, “which wouldn’t be easy,” he said.
MADD HOPES DRIVERS “TIE ONE ON” — Mothers Against Drunk Driving has launched a national campaign, using red ribbons as a symbol, to warn drivers during the holiday season of the dangers of drinking and driving. Participants in Project Tie One on for Safety are tying ribbons on cars as part of the program. Al Adams, manager of Madera Burger King is helping to lead the efforts locally, and says ribbons are available at Burger King...