ROBINSON SAYS NO TO CAMPUS POLICE — A police officer will patrol the Madera High School Campus on a trial basis during the second semester of the school year Trustees decided Tuesday night. This was in spite of strong opposition by board member B.J. Robinson. “The school board is stepping out of its bounds,” Robinson said. “Law enforcement is the city’s problem and not our concern. We’re supposed to educate the kids.”
COWS COULD BE BANNED FROM BACK YARDS -— Yaks, anacondas, and cows may be banned from city backyards. Councilman O’Rourke pointed out that the code does not mention bears, lions, ocelots, or other animals. He went on to say “People could have 16 cows in their back yard, and there is nothing in the city code to say they can’t. At the meeting of the Madera City Council Monday, City Attorney Axel Christiansen read a detailed ordinance from another city which prohibits reindeer, kangaroos, buffalo, elephants, and sea lions within the city limits. The council directed staff to prepare ordinances specifying what animals could be kept within city limits.
SUPERVISORS MEET FOR 14 HOURS — Madera County Supervisors met Tuesday in the longest meeting in county history. It lasted from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. County Administrator Don Handly called it the “longest meeting I remember.” During those 14 hours, supervisors transacted 30 items of business. Some took only seconds while one issue—involving a Chukar ranch—demanded four hours of attention. During the meeting supervisors munched on peanuts, candy, and a holiday gift pack of cheese.
DR. ROWE HANGS UP STETHOSCOPE — Patients of Dr. Robert Rowe are used to seeing the longtime Madera physician walk around town with his black bag, stethoscope, and doctor’s smock. But with his retirement this week, the sight will only be a memory. Rowe is hanging up the stethoscope after more than 36 years as a true hometown doctor who has spent the entire time at the same office at 525 E. Yosemite Avenue...