25 years ago in the week of Dec. 2, 1987

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BETTY JAMISON SELECTED COWBOY OF THE YEAR — Longtime O’Neals rancher Betty Jamison is the 1987 Cattleman’s Association Cattleman of the Year. She received her award Nov. 21. Mrs. Jamison’s ranching roots stretch deep into the soil around O’Neals. Her grandfather settled around and founded the community of O’Neals in 1878. She has been involved in some form of ranching since she learned how to ride a horse at the age of 2. Betty is a graduate of Spring Valley School, Madera High, and UC Berkeley.

SANTA COMES TO MADERA — After parking his sleigh somewhere else in town, Santa Claus arrived in downtown Madera by way of an historic fire engine with an escort in the person of Madera firefighter Don Eubanks. Riding with Santa Joe Waters were Mrs. Santa, Julie Waters and his helpers Michael and Amanda Waters. The Downtown Merchants will have Santa in their area at some point each day until Christmas to talk to kids and pass out goodies.

GARIBAY IS NEW MADERA MAYOR — City Hall’s annual change of the guard was carried out swiftly and orderly Monday as Councilman Robert Garibay was elected by the Madera City Council to replace Ralph Larsen as mayor. The procedure was part of a 1985 resolution, which limits the term of mayor to one year and provides for a rotation basis to allow each councilman to serve as chair. Garibay, 36, recently completed his first year on the council and was one of three eligible for the position.

KUNZ ELECTED BOARD PRESIDENT — The seating of two new members to the Madera Unified School District Board of Trustees took a back seat to a tight battle for board president Tuesday night. The first meeting for newly elected trustees Gus Gustaveson and Benny Barsotti was overshadowed by a secret ballot election of Gloria Kunz as board president. Superintendent Tom Riley said he believed the secret ballot was legal. This morning he was attempting to find out from attorneys for the district if the action was legal...

 

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