MADERA TRIBUNE ENDORSEMENTS — The Madera Tribune endorses the following candidates in the June 7 election. In District 3 supervisorial race, the Tribune recommends Gail Hanhart McIntyre for a third term. In the District 4 race, the Tribune recommends J.R. Dominici over incumbent Jess Lopez. For the Madera Judicial District race, although the Tribune admires incumbent Victor Dahman, it believes voters should choose Doug Nelson. In the Borden Judicial race, we believe Roger Wayne is the best choice for judge. Although Earl Bandy has reputable credentials as well, Wayne has the most experience.
BASS LAKE LODGE BURNS — Ducey’s Bass Lake Lodge, a landmark for more than 50 years, burned to the ground yesterday after a kitchen fire spread to the attic and soon throughout the 5,000 square-foot structure. CDF officials said it was a very stubborn fire to fight. A total of 15 engines, 4 water tenders, a helicopter, and 100 firefighters converged on the scene. Two firefighters were injured, but those injuries were minor. One had heat exhaustion, and the other had a leg cut when a window exploded from the heat. Ducey’s Lodge was recently featured in the filming of Universal Pictures “The Great Outdoors.”
MCINTYRE, LOPEZ RETAIN SEATS — Incumbents Gail Hanhart McIntyre and Jess Lopez nailed down four more years on the Board of Supervisors Tuesday defeating challengers William Boysen and J.R. Dominici. McIntyre garnered 62 percent of the vote—1,768 to 1,074—to win in District 3. In the District 4 race, Lopez received 1,176 votes, 54 percent, to Dominici’s 983 votes, 46 percent. McIntyre credited her victory to the fact, “We ran a clean campaign, and I ran on my record.” Lopez said, “We have so many projects before us. We need to create more industry so more people will be employed and the youth of Madera will have a future.”
JUDICIAL RACE HEADS TO RUN-OFF — The bitter race for judge of the Madera Judicial Court will start all over again. Thanks to attorney John Barker capturing 15 percent of the votes Tuesday, even though he had withdrawn from the race, neither incumbent Victor Dahman nor Deputy County Counsel Doug Nelson could grasp 50 percent of the vote to avoid a November run-off. Nelson captured 1,683 votes while Dahman got 1,610 tallies. When Barker learned the outcome, he said, “Oh dang, he (Nelson) would have got it if I hadn’t gotten that 15 percent.” Barker tallied 583 votes to add a wrench into the election...