FARMERS WILL GET MORE WATER — Early releases from upstream storage will provide Madera farmers with more water during their peak growing season and temporarily stall the drafting of Hensley Lake. This will bring the water available to growers up to an estimated 96 percent of the Class I supply. With the early releases, it will not be necessary to begin drafting water from Hidden Dam until July 3, which will leave the lake full enough for family recreation over the July 4 weekend. Visitation to Hensley Lake has already been down this year due to low water levels. However, Park Manager Ed Armbruster reminded the public that these lakes were built for flood control and irrigation.
AHWAHNEE PROPERTY DISPUTE CONTINUES — The dispute over who will be able to lease a portion of the old Ahwahnee Hills School property continues to plague county supervisors. In May, the board agreed to construct a bid that only the High Country Team Penning Association would be able to meet. However, when the bids were opened, Jack Sherill, who had been running cattle on the property since 1985 submitted a bid that was higher. Sherill says he was told that Supervisor Harry Baker wanted him off the property. Baker is a member of the High Country Team Penning Association. Board Chairman Jess Lopez clouded the stalemate by suggesting that the county reject all bids and sell the property.
CITY WATER PATROL RAISES IRE — The City’s “get tough” policy on violations of new water restrictions has been rough for Lori Pisano and Mary Woods, water patrol officers. It is their job to hand out tickets and inform violators that they face fines from $15 to $45. As a result, they have been called “water witches” and have had to endure waving fists, obscene gestures, and foul language. “One man warned me he’d shoot me or anybody else from Public Works if they came by with a ticket,” said Pisano. “This city is composed of water addicts, and they are in the denial stage,” Woods said. The two officers work a total of 60 hours per week.
SOBER GRADUATION PAID OFF — Sober graduation paid off for a Chowchilla Union High School senior this year. Bobby Nutall won a refurbished 1979 Ford Mustang. He picked up his prize at Silva-Wheeler Ford in Chowchilla from Ronn Dominici, coordinator for the California Highway Patrol co-sponsored event, and Bob Silva and Dick Wheeler, owners of the car dealership on Robertson Blvd., who supplied the vehicle. Dale Thomas was the coordinator for the local Sober Graduation car activity, which saw several businesses providing the refurbishing...