NEW COUNTY COUNSEL NAMED — Jeff Kuhn, 36, was named by the Board of Supervisors to replace outgoing County Counsel Mike Ott, who submitted a letter of resignation in August. Kuhn will start his official duties Nov. 1. A native of Bakersfield, Kuhn said idealism sparked his interest in the law. “I wanted to make the world a better place, and it seemed like the legal profession was a good way to do that,” Kuhn said. After graduating from Sacramento State University in 1979, Kuhn entered the McGeorge School of Law. He came to Fresno in 1982 to work in the Fresno County Counsel’s Office where he remained until he accepted the position of county counsel for Madera County.
HANHART-MCINTYRE PLEADS FOR MEASURE A — Board of Supervisors Chairman Gail Hanhart-McIntyre pleaded the case Thursday for Measure A, which would garner at least $2 million annually for Madera County. McIntyre told a group gathered at the Madera High School cafeteria that roads, police and fire protection, library services, and animal control have fallen prey to city and county budget crunches in recent years, and she would like to reverse the trend. The proposed half-cent sales tax, which requires support by just over half the voters to pass, would mean additional funds spent on top city and county priorities, Hanhart-McIntyre said.
102-YEAR-OLD WOMAN RETURNS TO MADERA — Maude Burton, the 102-year-old daughter of Civil War hero, Fredrick J. Quant, spoke to a packed gymnasium at Thomas Jefferson Junior High School on Thursday morning. Burton appeared as part of a history project involving 300 students in Madera and Modesto. Burton first came to Madera in 1888 in a covered wagon. On Thursday, she made the trip from a Vallejo convalescent home in an air-conditioned car. Burton was honored with speeches by Madera Unified Superintendent Tom Riley, MUSD Board President Gloria Kunz, Supervisor Gail Hanhart-McIntyre, and Mayor Robert Garibay. Gov. George Deukmejian and President Ronald Reagan sent best wishes to the woman referred to as “a piece of Madera history.”
SHERIFF TO GET NEW ADDITION TO K-9 UNIT — Supervisors approved Tuesday what Supervisor Harry Baker called, “One of the best investments the taxpayer can get — a dog.” Sheriff Glenn Seymour requested funding to obtain another German shepherd for the department’s K-9 unit. The dogs have been used extensively by the department, and there are some deputies equipped with buttons on their belts who ride with the dogs. Once pushed, the button will open the window and let the dog out of the car to aid a deputy in need of help. Seymour will keep three of the dogs in Eastern Madera County and three in the Valley...