JUDICIAL POLL DRAWS LITTLE INTEREST — a poll drumming up opposition for Madera Justice Court Judge Victor Dahman next year has drawn little response from either prospective candidates or the incumbent. Attorney John Barker circulated the poll among 35 lawyers asking for nominations to oppose Dahman. There were 15 responses and four nominations. “The idea is to defeat the incumbent,” said Barker. “They want a judge who plea bargains,” Dahman said. “I won’t do it.”
BODY FOUND IN COTTON FIELD — The body of Madera County’s 10th murder victim of the year was discovered in a cotton field near Chowchilla. The decomposed body of an unknown Hispanic man was found along Road 15 near Avenue 26. Police said the man had been dead four or five days and had been shot three times in the chest.
RAIN NOT HARMING COTTON — The first measurable rain of the season in the valley portion of Madera County fell Wednesday night, and it was just enough to dampen city streets. A total of .02 inches fell on Madera while .05 inches fell in Eastern Madera County. Cotton growers now in the middle of, or starting their harvest, should not have any trouble with this amount of rain, according to Ron Vargas, U.C. Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor.
RED RIBBON ON CHP PATROL CARS — Bright red ribbons will be visible on all Madera California Highway Patrol cars during the week of October 25-31, as the department makes ready to join in the second Red Ribbon Week. Public Affairs Officer Ronn Dominici and Lt. Jerry Poole, Madera area commander, tied the first ribbon to a patrol car. Poole says he hopes everyone who sees the ribbons will take to heart the message of discouraging alcohol and drub abuse...