Community News for 7/25/13 edition

July 23, 2013 

Suderman will run for Mountain Belle

Katelyn Suderman, 16, is running for the title of Mountain Belle during the Heritage Days celebration in September. She is sponsored by Vision Academy of the Arts.

Suderman, who will be a junior at Yosemite High School, participates in soccer, cross country and snowboarding. She is a member of the California Scholastic Federation and plays multiple instruments.

She is the daughter of Doug and Robyn Suderman of Oakhurst.

The winner will be selected based on personality, poise and talent and will reign over the Heritage Days celebration Sept. 20 and 21.

The Mountain Belle pageant will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19.

Girls between 14 and 18 years of age are encouraged to run for the title and sponsoring clubs and organizations are required to pay $100 registration fee. Details: Mary Lou Finley, (559) 683-3789.

Oakhurst Town Hall Meeting July 25

Supervisor Tom Wheeler's next town hall meeting will be Thursday, July 25 at 6 p.m. at the Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Road 425B. Discussion topics include:

Update on 2013-2014 county budget and department reorganization.

Update on the Road 425B bridge replacement project.

Public outreach by Madera County Building Department on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access requirements that go into affect Jan. 1.

General discussion on District 5 and county-wide issues.

There will also be the presentation of a check from Pacific Gas & Electric to the Oakhurst Community Center for an energy efficient project.

Hearing regarding Mono casino lawsuit

A hearing was held July 16 on a lawsuit filed earlier this year, claiming that Governor Jerry Brown acted outside his authority in agreeing to move a 305-acre property from state to federal jurisdiction for a proposed casino off Highway 99, north of Madera, for the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians.

The suit was filed by Stand Up For California and Madera area resident Barbara Leach. Judge Michael Jurkovich said he expects to make a decision in October, reported The Fresno Bee.

The governor agreed with the federal government to allow the tribe to obtain off-reservation land for their proposed casino, giving his final approval earlier this month. The Bee reported that Sean Sherlock, a lawyer for Stand Up For California, said Brown was not authorized to "concur" under California law because there is no provision for it in the state Constitution or state policy.

The state Senate approved the compact last month to allow the casino to be built in the Madera area. The casino still needs final approval by the Federal Interior Department, anticipated in 60 to 90 days.

Applications for Heritage Days Parade

The Annual Mountain Heritage Days Parade will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 21 on School Road and Crane Valley Road (426) in Oakhurst.

Applications to participate in the parade are available at the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce, and on the Fresno Flats web site,

A planning meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday Aug. 14 at Sierra Telephone and community members who would like to help with the event are encouraged to attend. Details: Sandy Brinley, (559) 683-7027.

Noblett announces District 1 candidacy

Madera Businesswoman and member of the State Center Community College Foundation, Rochelle Noblett, has announced she will seek the Madera County Board of Supervisors District 1 seat in next year's election.

She joins Manuel Nevarez and Ray Krause of O'Neals in the race. Nevarez was appointed to the seat by Gov. Jerry Brown after Supervisor Frank Bigelow was elected to the State Assembly earlier this year.

Noblett operates her family's business, Pete's Sport Shop in Madera, and has headed the Madera Downtown Association for more than 10 years.

Open house/book signing at Cool Bean

Something Special, located near Cool Bean off Highway 41 in Oakhurst, will host an open house and book signing at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13.

Author Marcia Freedman will sign her new book, "The History of Willow Creek," and there will be music, beverages and snacks.

Ballroom dancing and dinner at Elks Lodge

The Elks Lodge is hosting a dinner-dance at 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9, the first in a series of dinner-dances the second Friday of the month.

Following dinner, ballroom dance lessons will be provided by Oakhurst Realtor Ed Bailey.

The lodge is located at 42484 Highway 41, across from the Bass Lake turn-off.

Music will be provided by Larkspur (Kirk and Monika Moulin). The cost for the dinner-dance is $20 per person. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the lodge. Details: Ed Bailey, (559) 676-2424.

Ahwahnee regional park host sought

A space has been developed at the Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park for a park host. Water, electricity, and septic are available with a level RV pad overlooking the park. The park host would provide their own RV in exchange for the living space and minimal duties at the park like opening and closing the gate each day. As soon as the park host is in place the park will be open to the public from dawn to dusk seven days a week.

Anyone interested in the park host position can contact Fern Facchino, (559) 683-0408.

High Country Woman book launch

The national book launch of "High Country Woman: Pioneers of Yosemite National Park" will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Mariposa Chamber of Commerce, 5158 Highway 140, Mariposa, CA 95338. Details:

College classes offered in Mariposa

A limited number of classes are being offered by Merced Junior College starting Aug. 12 at Mariposa County High School.

Credit and non-credit classes include Elementary Spanish, Introduction to Theater, United States History, History of American Popular Music, Mature Driver Improvement, and Senior Choral. Details: Charlene Reed, (209) 384-6067,

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