25 years ago in the week of Dec. 2, 1988

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BARSOTTI TO LEAD BULLDOGS AGAINST WESTERN MICHIGAN — Forget that Fresno State quarterback Mark Barsotti is a freshman. With 11 regular season games under his belt, he will lead the Bulldogs into today’s California Bowl VIII against Western Michigan. Barsotti seems to be taking this game in stride, almost as if it was a regular season game rather than a season-ending bowl game. “It’s just a matter of execution and going to the right guys,” Barsotti said. “They will play us hard like everyone else did,” said Barsotti. “What we do best is running the ball, but we will just do whatever it takes to win.” The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

KUNZ RETAINS MUSD PRESIDENCY — A slight shift in power marked the election of Madera Unified School District officers this week. Gloria Kunz will remain president of the board after defeating Marshall Padilla for a second consecutive year. Kunz, who was nominated by Trustee Bill Driggs, garnered the presidency on a 4-3 vote and also secured the vote of student representative Dakila Divina. Driggs, Gus Gustaveson, and Joe Rossi, along with the incumbent, lined up behind Kunz. Padilla was nominated by Benny Barsotti and drew Trustee B.J. Robinson’s vote. After the vote for president, Padilla was nominated by Driggs to continue his duties as clerk of the board but he refused a second term in that office. Gustaveson was then unanimously elected to the position.

BROWN CHOSEN MAYOR OF MADERA — City Councilman Alan Brown has been unanimously elected mayor of Madera. He replaces Robert Garibay in the one-year term as ceremonial head of the city. A 1985 resolution put the mayorship on a rotation basis, allowing each council member to serve as chair. The resolution was borne from a February 1984 incident in which Margaret Medellin was removed from the mayorship without warning in a 3-2 vote. Brown, who was elected to the council in 1986, said he is committed to keeping politics apart from the mayorship and council relationships. Brown, 63, said, “I consider the job of mayor as chairman to run the meetings and to cut ribbons and, as someone said, to kiss the babies.”

AG EMPLOYEES MAKE FINAL RUSH FOR AMNESTY — More than 34,000 people applied for amnesty under the special agricultural worker program in the western region Wednesday, the last day applications could be filed. The deadline for aliens who worked in areas other than agriculture was last spring. Growers are advised to be diligent in examining documents of people they hire. Failure to comply with the rules could result in fines ranging from $250 to $10,000. “We want everyone to understand they can’t hire illegal aliens anymore,” said Regional Immigration Commissioner Harold Ezell. Farmhands who prove they harvested fruits, vegetables, or perishable crops in the United States for at least 90 days in the one year period that ended May 1 are eligible for amnesty under the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act...

 

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