Madera County Public Health Director Sara Bosse and Health Officer Simon Paul, M.D., have issued a warning against gathering in cars to add to stay-at-home orders in place in California. The purpose of the current public health stay-at-home orders in place in California is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our community. While asking people to stay in their cars while attending events may seem like a way to gather without a risk of exposure, there remain significant problems with this plan: • People may attend from distant areas where events have been closed and there is a high level of community COVID-19. This could bring more cases of COVID-19 to our area. • Members of multiple hous
Courtesy of Summer Mendoza Summer Mendoza poses for her senior year with the Farleigh Dickinson Knights softball team. Former Liberty softball standout Summer Mendoza just finished playing in the Farleigh Dickinson softball home opener and two days later, her world crashed in on her. Mendoza went 1-for-4 with a run scored in a March 11 one-run loss to St. John’s University. Two days later, she found out her senior season was over right as it was starting. “We had practice on a Friday and our coach said we were having a fun practice,” Mendoza said. “I was confused because we had a tournament that weekend in Baltimore. I was wondering why we are having a fun practice if we have a tournament th
For the safety of the community of Madera and employees, the City of Madera Parks and Community Services Department will be closing all Ccity-owned parks on Easter Weekend, Friday-Sunday. The city will re-open parks Monday, with the goal of keeping them open through this pandemic as long as they remain safe environments. Please help spread the word to any community groups and/or boards and commissions one may be a part of, including church groups, Lions Club, Neighborhood/Business Watch, etc.
BASS LAKE — In the best interest of the community and all participants, the 2020 Bass Lake Fishing Derby has been canceled. The Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce businesses join together each year to bring the area the much-treasured, seasonal kick-off event. For many, this long-standing tradition, which has been celebrated for more than 37 years, marks the unofficial start to the summer season at Bass Lake. This was a very difficult decision to make, according to the chamber, and several factors were considered including “stay at home orders,” closures of all Bass Lake campgrounds, cabin rentals being canceled and the risk of spreading this dangerous virus. Organizers feel strongly that this is
Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune Employees from Cal-Pacific Supply stand next to a care pallet of goods donated to the Madera Community Hospital on Monday. Cal-Pacific donated more than $1,600 worth of supplies, including masks, coveralls, toilet paper, bleach and surgical masks. From left are Samuel Rodriguez, Miguel Ortega, Hector Vaca, Cal-Pacific owner Mike Alamari, MCH medical director Terrance McGovern and MCH CEO Karen Paolinelli. After gathering all the items and putting them on a pallet, Cal Pacific Supply owner Mike Alamari was glad to be able to donate more than $1,600 worth of supplies to the place he was born. Alamari, with help from a couple of his employees and Hector Vaca o
Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune El Amigo Restaurant is offering the Madera community tacos for .99 cents for pick-up between 5-9 p.m. Madera restaurants are ready to serve you and your family for takeout or order online. Call individual restaurants for details. Some restaurants are offering delivery or curbside pick up. If you have or know of a restaurant that is not on this list, email Corrie Valdez, at firstname.lastname@example.org. New names will be added weekly in Wednesday’s edition of The Madera Tribune newspaper. Thank you to our farmers and to our restaurants for continuing to serve Madera. Supporting each other for a stronger Madera. Black Bear Diner, 675-1332 Burrito King, 674-7596
MODESTO — The Save Mart Companies have announced all Save Mart, FoodMaxx and Lucky stores are dedicating special shopping hours for first responders throughout California and Northern Nevada as a way to assist and thank them for their service during the COVID-19 health crisis. Dedicated shopping hours began Thursday. First responders, defined as law enforcement, fire and medical personnel, will have the opportunity to shop at all Save Mart, FoodMaxx and Lucky stores one hour before and one hour after posted store hours every day for the time being. First responders will need to provide proof of credentials to access dedicated shopping. “We want to give thanks to the dedicated, hardworking f
FRESNO — Fresno Madera Farm Credit, ACA, located in California’s Central Valley announced today that it will return $12.5 million to their members in the form of a cash patronage distribution based on 2019 earnings; a slight increase from last year. Overall, Fresno Madera Farm Credit earned $23.3 million in net income for 2019, so this patronage distribution represents more than 50 percent of the 2019 total earnings. “Our board fully understands the value created by our patronage program; we’re very pleased about our financial results, and the amount of earnings we are able to return to the members, while keeping the Company well-positioned for the future,” stated Jeff Jue, Chairman of the B
Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune Madera midfielder Mariah Zapata keeps the ball away from Madera south’s Adela Alvarez during a conference match. She was a first team All-County/Metro Athletic Conference player and earned The Madera Tribune’s Most Valuable Player for girls soccer. Most Valuable Player Mariah Zapata Midfielder Jr. Madera Mariah Zapata has made a habit of coming up big when it matters most. The junior had one of those moments when she scored two goals, including an overtime winner, against Madera South in January. She had another two-goal performance against Sunnyside in December. Zapata scored eight goals on the season and she was named to the County/Metro Athletic Conferen
SACRAMENTO — Based on the recent statements issued by Governor Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, regarding schools turning to distance learning for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, the California Interscholastic Federation does not see an avenue for the spring sports season to continue. As such, in consultation today with the 10 Section Commissioners, the decision has been made to cancel spring Section, Regional, and State Championship events. We understand this is disappointing for everyone involved in education-based athletics and empathize with our student-athletes and all who are impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. As always, our top priority is
Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune Chuck Doud, donning his own PPE (Personal Protecive Equipment). On Saturday, I walked into a drugstore and saw a woman I thought I knew. “Hello, Mr. Doud,” she said. Her voice sounded a little familiar, but she was wearing a facemask, as many of us do, so I said, “Well, how are you?” I’m just fine,” she said. “That’s a nice facemask you’ve got there,” I said. “You could use it to hold up a bank.” She chuckled, then proceeded into the depths of the drugstore. I thought maybe I should get myself a mask, but they were out of them. “We’ll have some in a couple of days,” the drugstore clerk said. Snooping around looking for a facemask brought back some memories.
Reactions to the coronavirus have been varied and interesting. Those reactions say a lot about our common sense, politics and, ultimately, how we truly care about each other. Those reactions focus on what we do more so than what we say. A Pentecostal church in Sacramento County has refused to comply with directives to stop its fellowship meetings, saying that such meetings are important to their faith. Seventy-one parishioners or those who have come into contact with them have tested positive for the disease, including the pastor. One has died. God works in mysterious ways. It appears that Sacramento County believes that golf courses are essential businesses during the pandemic. Seems like a
Madera County Historical Society This photograph shows the Madera County Jail-the building on the right-where Mrs. John Garner was held until Judge William Conley released her after she promised to present herself at a court hearing the next day. She never made it. The two women sat mutely beside each other on July 4, 1901, as the train pulled out of the Fresno station heading north toward Madera. The younger of the two — the daughter of the older one — was lost in reverie. She did not relish this return to Madera, but it had to be done. Her brother was dying, and she wanted to tell him goodbye. She also wanted to see her children and, perhaps, make one more attempt to take custody of them.
Madera Unified School District will decide in special meeting “Students will not be returning to their school sites for the remainder of this semester/school year.” This is the latest word from Madera County Superintendent of Schools, Cecilia Massettti, Ed.D., to the superintendents of Madera County’s school districts as they attempt to provide educational leadership in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although Massetti affirms that “recent messages and directives from Governor Newsom and Superintendent of Public Education Tony Thurmond have made it clear that it is in everyone’s best interests to offer students an education…through distance learning…,” she does not cite a direct order fro
Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune Fulisha Oscar and her son, Nathanial Salinas volunteer to help distribute 400 food boxes to the community for the Madera County Food Bank on Wednesday at the fairgrounds. Even with the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19, the Madera County Food Bank keeps moving along, serving the residents of Madera County. “In the past two weeks, the food bank has given away about 12,000 boxes of food that weigh about 300,000 pounds. In an average month, the food bank gives away 8,000 boxes and 250,000 pounds of food, which is quite a bit for a smaller food bank like ours,” said Ryan McWherter, Madera County Food Bank director. “It’s been pretty hectic,” McWherter said. “We’ve
Dear Superintendents, Recent messages and directives from Gov. Gavin Newsom and Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, have made it clear that it is in everyone’s best interests to offer students and education that is provided through distance learning and other instructional strategies. Learning and instructional programming will continue, just not in the manner that has been our tradition on our school campuses, but with students and teachers in two different locations. Students will not be returning to their school sites for the remainder of this semester/school year. In consultation with Dr. Simon Paul, Madera County Health Officer, and Sara Bosse, Director of Madera County
The Madera Tribune believes by supporting each other, we will get through this COVID-19 virus together. Our businesses play an essential part of our community. Thank You for being open to serve customers. If you have or know of a business that is open but not on this list, email Corrie Valdez, at email@example.com, new names will be added weekly in Saturday’s edition of The Madera Tribune newspaper. The revised restaurant list will be published in next Wednesday’s publication. 47th Place Carpet, 674-4621 Braga Organic Farms/The Nut Shop, 661-2101 Brian’s Heating & Air, 675-1681 Cal-Pacific Supply, 662-8681 Creative Copy, 675-8284 Diamond Communications, 673-5925 Enos Hardware, 673-91
Melvin W. Blalock, age 92, passed away on March 26, 2020 at home under the care of Valley Regional Hospice and his family. Mel was born November 30, 1927 in Duncan, Oklahoma to Willis Barton & Gertie Ozella (Adams) Blalock. At age eight, he and his sisters and brother came to Madera to live with maternal grandparents, George Garland & Clara (Rowe) Adams on a small farm in the Dixieland School District. Mel graduated from Madera Union High School in 1947 where he was active in track and set the record at that time for the 880 yard run which was unbroken until 1972, by his son, David at Madera High. After graduation he enlisted in the US Air Force stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, San Anto
Madera County Historical Society Huge blocks of Raymond granite dotted the landscape during construction of the Madera County Courthouse. In 1902 county government officials finally ended their nine-year vagabond existence and moved into their permanent home. As cranes eased the granite block into place on the morning of Oct. 29, 1900, construction of the Madera County Courthouse began. It had been a long time in coming, and the people of Madera turned out in throngs to witness the setting of the cornerstone. After a seven-year vagabond existence, the seat of county government would finally have a place it could call home. In 1893, when Madera County separated from Fresno County, its governm
Pria Jonae Cooper, of Chowchilla, recently made the Dean’s List at Hartwick College in New York. Cooper was named to the College’s Dean’s List for the fall 2019 semester for academic excellence. Inclusion on the Dean’s List is an indication of excellent academic work, including the completion of a full course load with at least a 3.5 grade point average based on a 4.0 scale. Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,200 students, located in Oneonta, New York, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctiv