SALES TAX DIVIDES SUPERVISORS — A discussion of a proposed half-cent increase in the sales tax produced the usual controversy, but this time the dissention came from within the Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Rick Jensen broke ranks with the board’s informal stand by suggesting the supervisors negotiate a split of the new tax with the cities only if the voters approve it at the polls. Jensen expressed concern about the apparent lack of trust between governmental agencies over the sales tax issue. He said officials can’t expect the public to trust them if they don’t trust each other.
STUDY OF MORDECAI INVOLVES STUDENTS ACROSS THE NATION — Classes in two Madera Schools are linking up with students in Virginia, North Carolina, and Mississippi to write the biography of George Mordecai, Madera County’s first Assemblyman. Students in Richmond, Va., Raleigh, N.C., and Leland, Miss. are joining colleagues at Madera’s James Monroe and Millview School in the project. Mississippi teacher Daryl Lewis says, “I really think this is going to grow into something great.” Madera teacher Oscar Dragon admits the project is creating more work for him but insists that it is more fun than work.
BO BERTONCINI SELECTED 20-30 ATHLETE OF THE WEEK — Bo Bertoncini, who had seven hits, including five for extra bases in three games last week, has been selected the 20-30 Club’s Athlete of the Week. Bertoncini, a senior, is carrying a .395 batting average. Bertoncini is the starting first baseman for the Coyotes, and when catcher Marcelino Garcia takes the mound, Bertoncini moves behind the plate and is very adept at that position, says Madera coach Ron Scott. Bertoncini has driven in 14 runs so far this season.
BIKERS BLANKET MADERA STREETS — Warm weather has welcomed more that 400 professional and amateur cyclists to the four day Silver Bullet Stage Race which tested the mettle of riders on city streets and county hills. The Thursday through Sunday contest attracted top national and international riders to what was the first stage race this year, a competition that consists of several combined events. Part of the route included Saturday’s .7 mile trek around Courthouse Park in the Madera Criterium stage. Riders traveled in tight packs for as many as 50 laps around the circular track of Yosemite, Gateway, Sixth, and I Streets...