MADERA JUSTICE COURT CONTENDERS DEBATE — In a candidates’ forum, Madera Justice Court judge Victor Dahman and his opponent Doug Nelson both praised the way the court has run since the June primary, but both men differed as to the cause of the improvement. Dahman says it is because John Barker took over the primary public defender contract from Lester Gendron in July. Nelson pointed out that the changes in the court all occurred since the June primary election and not throughout Dahman’s terms. “If the past 12 years were anything like the period between the primary election and now, I probably wouldn’t be in the race,” said Nelson. Campaign contributions from trial lawyers were also discussed. Dahman refuses them, while Nelson accepts them.
SUPERVISORS DON’T HAVE LIBRARY CARDS — At Tuesday’s board meeting, it was discovered that county supervisors do not have library cards. Supervisor Harry Baker said, “The validity of his card ran out,” and he will renew it. “I don’t even have a credit card,” said Supervisor Jess Lopez. “If I ever get any free time, I’ll be sure to get one.” Supervisor Al Ginsburg said that although he has had one for a long time, he doesn’t know its whereabouts. Supervisor Rick Jensen echoed Lopez’ lament of being too busy to renew his card. Chairwoman Gail Hanhart McIntyre said she is “planning to rush right out and get one.”
FAMILY MEDICINE KEEPS MADERA’S FEMALE DOCTOR GOING — Family feedback is what keeps Madera’s only female family practice physician going. Deborah Kramer, M.D., came to Madera five years ago to establish her family practice. The mother of two small children explained that it is one of the last bastions of private medical practice. Kramer discovered that some women in Madera were reluctant to see male physicians, even when they were sick. “I was surprised to find things in advanced stages — tumors and things — that could have been discovered earlier if the patients had seen a physician, male or female,” she said.
COYOTES SUFFER FIRST LOSS OF YEAR — Both coaches expected a tough defensive struggle, and that was exactly what they got as Clovis took over sole possession of first place in the North Yosemite League with a 17-8 victory against Madera Friday night at Lamonica Stadium. “I knew it was going to be a game like this,” Madera coach Bob Virden said. “We made two mistakes that hurt us and that was the difference in the game.” Virden referred to a Coyote fumble and an interception by Clovis. Things don’t get any easier in the upcoming weeks for the Coyotes as they will host Hoover, which is currently tied for second with Madera...