For The Madera Tribune A group of TEC Gymnastics gymnasts hold up posters they made in support of the Madera Police Department. After supporting other entities in town, TEC Gymnastics gave back to the Madera Police Department with gift cards and an outdoor party. “I try to give back to the community all the time,” said Tammi Britton, TEC Gymnastics owner. In the past, she has supported the fire department and other essential businesses and said it was the police department’s turn. “Over COVID, we took dinners to the fire department,” she said. “We also served some essential businesses. We just donated stuff for Sugar Pine Smokehouse for the evacuees. We hadn’t hit the police department, yet.
FISH CAMP — Due to the closure of the Sierra National Forest in September, the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad was forced to cool the engines of their two antique steam locomotives. While the entirety of Sierra National Forest remains closed temporarily, Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad has received special permission to restart operations. Right on time for fall weather and nature’s vibrant colorful show. • October weekends: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. • October weekdays: 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. • Seasonal event trains: To be announced. Now is the time to take a ride on the 84-ton locomotive they call, “The Logger.” It is the largest narrow gauge Shay engine ever built. Then, take t
The ninth and final race of the 2020 Nut Up Pro Late Models and 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models will commence on tonight at Madera Speedway, as drivers complete their battles towards MAVTV-televised championships. Buddy Shepherd will close out his third Nut Up Pro Late Model title in the 80-lap feature. On the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model side, a special 70-lap finale will include cash bonuses, courtesy of Frank’s Radio and Mission Foods, that make it the most lucrative race in series history. Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros will also wrap up their championship fights with a combined 30-lap affair. Race fans around the world can continue to enjoy the stock car action from Central California for free on Short Tra
Madera Tribune File Photo Madera kicker Evan Rios swings his leg on a game-winning 37-yard field goal for a 32-31 win over Bullard in 2014. Rios kicked four field goals in the game, including a 51-yarder. 2014 At one point, the Madera Coyotes were facing a 15-point deficit against the Bullard-Fresno Knights, but a fourth-quarter rally by the Coyotes gave the team its first victory over the Knights in 20 years. The County/Metro Athletic Conference-opening showdown between the Coyotes (6-0) and Knights (3-3) at McLane Stadium went down to the wire. In the end, it came down to junior kicker Evan Rios’ 37-yard field goal that lifted the Coyotes to a 32-31 victory. “It’s very satisfying,” head co
Catherine Munro, Wikimedia Commons Most popcorn treats start with plain, unbuttered, unsalted popcorn. You can turn this into delicious, colorful popcorn balls for Halloween or anytime. I know that not everyone celebrates Halloween, so I would like to acknowledge those folks if I may. If you or your family likes popcorn balls, they most certainly are not reserved just for holidays. They can be enjoyed any time of the year, and if you choose to color them, it is totally up to you what colors you choose. Or go by your favorite flavors, if using gelatin. I love the strawberry-flavored gelatin popcorn balls the best, but as noted before, we do not all have the same preferences. My kids loved any
Madera County Historical Society George W. Mordecai, 1873. George Washington Mordecai had every right to be a little nervous on May 16, 1870. He had only been living in the Alabama Settlement on Cottonwood Creek two years when he decided to take a ride to familiarize himself with the countryside. By the early afternoon he had reached the little copper mining town of Buchanan and decided to take a rest and have a drink. While he was sitting at the table, he decided to write his favorite Aunt Emma a letter. Near the top of the paper he scribbled, “This place is a mining camp: a few houses, stores, a saloon, etc., in the latter of which I am writing at a card table with a Colt pistol by me, w
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Madera County Registrar of Voters Rebecca Martinez, holding scissors, is joined by local officials for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new mobile voting center on Tuesday. As the 2020 Presidential Election approaches, Madera County Registrar of Voters Rebecca Martinez and her staff are implementing a variety of methods to encourage early voting for what she expects to be greater than normal voter turnout. “Voters have the right to vote in person if they want to,” said Martinez. “We are providing more opportunities to vote earlier than ever before.” On Tuesday, during the Board of Supervisors meeting, the board joined other city and county dignitaries at
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Part of a cedar tree fell across both westbound lanes of traffic on Howard Road near Fairview Avenue on Tuesday afternoon, shocking nearby motorists and closing the roadway to traffic for about two-and-a-half hours as city crews cut up and then pushed the heavy 24-inch limbs out of the roadway. Motorists were stopped and startled out of their cars as large limbs of an ancient cedar tree came crashing down directly in front of them about 2 p.m. on Howard Road, near Fairview Avenue.
No injuries or property damage were reported. First responders said the heavy, 24-inch diameter limbs, about a third of the tree, could have easily crushed cars and potentially seri
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The town of Raymond may have been a little rough around the edges, but occasionally it had a moment of culture like the time President Roosevelt visited the little village in 1903. After the little mountain town of Raymond was founded in 1885, it had some growing pains. There were a few sublime moments like that visit from President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903, but there were also those ridiculous episodes like that war over hogs between David Helmuth and Michael Hamerich that almost got the latter killed and the former put in jail in 1916. Helmuth was a 43-year-old who had immigrated from Russia to Raymond, and Hamerich was a 60-year-old who had come to the
The month of October 2020 has some very auspicious aspects to it. The month began with a full Harvest Moon at 5:06 p.m. on Oct. 1. At 3:31 p.m. on Oct. 16, my birthday, the New Moon, will begin its ascentation. Then at 10:51 on Oct. 31, on Halloween, the full Hunter’s Moon puts in its appearance. In the thick of October’s various cosmic anomalies, Planet Mercury is in retrograde from Oct. 13 to Nov. 3, which is, of course, Election Day. Those with knowledge of these phenomena may find these periods significant and may also attribute to them alarming implications. Mercury in Retrograde is a period of time known to make it appear the planet Mercury is traveling in a reverse direction from its
I thank the Republican Party (GOP) for being, well, the Republican Party. If Republicans were not so wrapped up in themselves, portraying themselves as victims of …(fill in the blank)…, acting as if they were protecting an America that does not exist, and stridently so, then the national electoral ineptitude of Democrats would continue to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Registered Republicans are fewer in number than Democrats and Independents. We’re number three! Why? Because Republicans are on the wrong side of public opinion and the wrong side of history. Let’s take a peek. Abortion: Two-thirds of Americans favor a woman’s right to choose and do not want Roe vs. Wade overturned. M
The Madera Tribune File Photos Madera’s Alyssa Geiger shot a 44 to place third in league and the Coyotes to a second place finish in the County/Metro Athletic Conference in 2013. 2013 Madera’s Alyssa Geiger shot a 44 in nine holes at the County/Metro Athletic Conference qualifier at the Riverside Golf Course. She placed third in the CMAC and helped lead the Coyotes to a second place finish and a berth in the CMAC/North Yosemite League championships Monday at Madera Municipal Golf Course. Stallions falter against Bullard After taking two weeks off to get ready for the County Metro/Athletic Conference, the Madera South Stallions girls volleyball team showed some rust in a 3-0 loss to Bullard-F
Tyler Takeda/The Madera Tribune From left, Madera County Supervisor Robert Poythress, Kevin Kandalaft, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of California, Tom Collishaw, President/CEO of Self-Help Enterprises, U.S. Congressman Jim Costa and Dennis Koch, Madera County Behavioral Health Department director, shovel dirt to break ground for Sugar Pine Village. Dignitaries donned hard hats and got their hands on golden shovels to break ground on Sugar Pine Village, a $25 million development that will offer 52 apartment homes. Construction will start on Sugar Pine Village, a new affordable housing community in Madera that will provide high-quality, affordable apartment-style homes to the region. M
The Creek Fire, which has been burning for more than 30 days, is close to 50 percent contained, over the past week according to Cal Fire. Cal Fire gained nine percent on the fire (up to 48 percent) while limiting damage. The fire has burned 322,089 acres, which is about 18,000 acres burnt since Sept. 28. In Madera County, along the area of uncontained fire perimeter near Cold Springs and in close proximity to Little Shuteye Peak, firefighters are attacking the slow-moving flame front directly, according to Cal Fire. All other lines along the west flank, south of Globe Rock are in patrol status. Good containment has been achieved along northern fire perimeters in the vicinity of Red Top Peak
For The Madera Tribune Grocery Outlet employees, from left, Rick Martinez, Margie Rivera, Owner Sean Tharp, Miguel Hernandez and Madera Rotary Business of the Year Chair Brian Bolstad celebrate the store being awarded business of the year. Madera’s Grocery Outlet, owned by Sean Tharp, is Madera Rotary Club’s 2020 Business of the Year. This annual award is based on local businesses nominated for operating in a manner that best meets the Rotary International Four-Way Test: Of the things we think, say and do, is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? “Our Rotary committee was pleased to receive several no
Five classes of MUSD 8th graders are searching for relatives or descendants of some of Madera’s past sheriffs. The students are working on a history of Madera County’s sheriffs and they need some help from the families of former sheriffs who have passed on. These include the following: William H. Thurman, S.W. Westfall, W.B. Thurman, John M. Jones, J.F. Lewis, John Barnett, Welton Rhodes, W.O. Justice, and Marlin Young. Interested parties can contact the students by calling 706-5297 or email bscoate@aol,com.
They come down my street. I’m the new resident, so maybe they’re curious. After all, I simply invited myself into their neighborhood. To them, I’m the outsider, the encroacher, the uninvited guest who seems to stay on. But, I don’t think that explains the phenomenon that I‘ve observed. Cars pass my house, stop, back up, and hesitate for a few moments before proceeding. People who are on their morning or evening walks, stop, turn to face my house, and comment to one another before continuing their stroll. Kids on bicycles apply the brakes, sometimes laugh, and then pedal away. My house, which is new to me but has been part of the neighborhood since its inception, is not unusual. In fact, alth
Continued from Oct. 3: The largest historical employers in Madera have been farming and food processing but it is nearly impossible to find anyone who has spent their entire life doing this because it involves such long hours and so completely physically destroys people that men and women seek other types of work at the first opportunity. People do all sorts of work to survive. Today, one in three Madera jobs is related to agriculture. About half of the people I interviewed have had some experience growing or processing food. All of those interviewed live and work in or very near the City of Madera. Note that as the town has evolved, so have work and travel patterns. Today, Madera enjoys a f
As I drive around Madera I am saddened to see trash strewn on streets and in medians, abandoned cars covered in dirt with spider webs extending to the ground in many neighborhoods and homes in desperate need of upkeep with dead lawns, bushes and trees everywhere. When and why did Maderans cease taking pride in the way our community looks? Why has Madera become a magnet for people who cannot afford to live in the Bay Area, Los Angeles or other metro areas and who, in some cases, bring problems with them that only exacerbate the problems we are already faced with? How can these issues be remedied so that Madera can once again become a vibrant attractive community that attracts (Not continues t
Madera County Historical Society Borden’s Cumberland Presbyterian Church, shown here circa 1900, stood right beside Rev. W.B. McElwee in his protestations against Madera’s Grand Fiesta of 1901. It issued a denunciation of its own. The Rev. William B. McElwee was an ecclesiastical workhorse. He and his wife, Emily, came to Madera in 1891 to pastor the local Presbyterian Church. He was born in Missouri in 1838 and ordained into the Christian ministry when he was 35. Although the Rev. McElwee was 53-years-old when he assumed the Presbyterian pastorate in Madera, he still had plenty of fire in his belly. Not only did he pastor the Madera Presbyterian Church for 14 years, he fought Madera’s battl