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  • Pitman awards on Wednesday

  • Obituaries William Beckham

  • Bear Park OK’d

  • Close to the title: Badgers tied for 2nd

  • In memory of Betty

    A tree was planted Saturday in memory of member Betty Smith who, with her husband, Art, perished in the Egypt-Air disaster off the East Coast last fall. Mountain Laurel Garden Club members Betty Andrews, Nancy Swanson, Pat Layman and Sharlie Meredith, president, planted the pistachio tree in one of the friendship gardens bordering the Oakhurst River Parkway.
  • . .
    College science building
    in the works

        Rapid progress is being made on the addition of a science building for the Oakhurst College Center.
        Richard Hoffman, center coordinator, said this week that work ought to be completed by the end of July, making the facility ready for the fall semester.
        Dr. Hoffman told the center’s advisory committee at its Tuesday meeting that the science facility will likely cause more Eastern Madera County students to also utilize the Oakhurst Center — students who now must travel to out-of-area college campuses to complete required science credits. While at those locations, it is more convenient for students to also take other classes, rather than dividing the day here and there.
        “This will have a direct relationship with growth of the center,” Dr. Hoffman believes.
        There are nearly 500 students enrolled at the Oakhurst Center, part of the State Center Community College District.
        Don Yeager, the new vice chancellor in charge of centers at Oakhurst, Madera and Clovis, also participated in this week’s discussion with the advisory board that includes a group of Eastern Madera County residents. Bank official Kathy Craw chairs the committee.
        Discussion also included a review of the hospitality management course offered through the Oakhurst Center for students employed in hotel-motel, food-service and tourism and travel courses. Dr. Hoffman hopes to find more interest in the course, an offering he says provides “a good major.” Six or seven students are currently enrolled.
        The College Center is located along Civic Circle Drive in Oakhurst.
        Information: 683-3940.


    Forest revenue-sharing plan awaits Senate

        Legislation before Congress that would restore some of the funds counties have lost because logging has decreased in national forests is crucial for Madera County.
        That’s the view of Supervisor Gary Gilbert [District 5-Mountain Area], who was in Washington, D.C. as part of the Natural Resources Committee of the National Association of Counties.
        Mr. Gilbert and others on the committee literally went door-to-door, explaining the merits they see in the bill to all 100 U.S. senators or key aides.
        Here’s the background:
        A 1908 law provided that 25% of the revenues from national forests would be shared with counties that include forests, such as Sierra National Forest as part of Madera County.
        Those funds were to be shared between county government and schools, since the land within the forests were not subject to taxation.
        In the early 1990s, timber sales were more than 13 million board-feet from national forests across the country — a figure that has dropped to below 3 billion board-feet.
        The Clinton Administration is blamed for the decline, along with environmental groups insisting on tougher controls on timber harvesting.


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    VFW plans for Memorial Day

        Annual Memorial Day services have been scheduled at Eastern Madera County cemeteries by posts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
        The schedule on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, includes:

  • Ahwahnee — Roundhouse Cemetery, 9 a.m.
  • Oakhurst — Oakhill Cemetery, 10 a.m.
  • Coarsegold — Picayune Cemetery, 11 a.m.
  • North Fork — North Fork Cemetery, 1 p.m.
        “The entire community is not only invited to attend the service which best fits their schedules, but is encouraged to participate in these solemn tributes to a deceased veteran,” says
  • . Pitman awards on Wednesday

        Fifteen graduating Yosemite High School seniors will be honored during the annual Paul and Martha Pitman Awards Banquet on Wednesday [May 3].
        The banquet begins at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge.
        Honored will be Nikole Bebout, April Brand, Emerson Carrick, Tracy Dunnicliff, Vanessa Elliot, Frances Fouch, E.J. Delaney Gallagher, Renée Graas, Dayle Hendrickson, Leann Kahler, Matthew Mellon, Jacquelyn Nelson, Sierra Russell, Heather Simon and Jared Struck.
        The awards are in memory of educators Paul and Martha Pitman, leaders in the 1970s effort to create Yosemite High School District. He was the district’s interim first superintendent.
        The awards are sponsored by the Education Committee of the Eastern Madera County Chamber of Commerce.

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