RAYMOND CATTLE RANCHER EVERETT PHILP DIES AT 73 — Longtime Raymond cattle rancher Everett Philp died Friday of a heart attack in Stevenson Meadows where he was packing with his sons and grandsons. Philp, a native and lifelong Raymond resident, held the oldest grazing permit in the Grizzly Creek area and also owned the oldest registered cattle brand in continuous use in Madera County. He was honored as Cattleman of the Year in 1984 by the Madera Cattlemen’s Association and the Madera Elks Lodge. He also served as Grand Marshall for the Raymond Centennial Parade in 1987. He ran the pack station at Wawona for 22 years, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
MCH GIVES BIRTH TO 1,200 FOOT BABY — Madera Community Hospital lacks only the finishing touches this morning before it gives birth to a 1,200-foot state-of-the-art imaging equipment building. Local doctors poured more than $1.4 million into equipment and the prefabricated building, which will be attached to the existing radiology department across from the MCH emergency room. The addition will feature for the first time a CT scan in Madera on a full-time basis. Carrying a price tag of $700,000, the permanent CT will take the place of a trailer, which brought a scan to the MCH parking lot three times a week.
SMOKING BAN FINALLY WINS APPROVAL — It wasn’t planned, but a discussion on pornography saved the day for county supervisors’ much postponed smoking ordinance. The ordinance has been in the planning stages ever since Supervisor Harry Baker was elected to the Board and seated in January 1987. Baker brought out a pile of magazines, saying he wanted to point out what he considered blatant examples of pornography. Instead of unfolding a nude centerfold, Baker spread open a full-color cigarette advertisement and noted 1,000 people a day are dying of smoking related diseases. Other supervisors didn’t think the ads were pornographic but voted for the ban.
JOHN VOITH WILL SUE THE COUNTY — Madera Judicial District Constable John Voith plans to sue Madera County for back wages after the supervisors did not validate him in the final declaration of the Borden Judicial District election results Monday. Voith got the most votes in the election, but County Counsel advised the supervisors not to install him because he did not live in the district. The Borden Judicial District was formed out of the Madera Judicial District in 1986, and Voith has served both districts since then. This is the first time the Borden Constable has been put on the ballot. Voith says he will sue for back wages for his services in the Borden District...