60 Years Ago
· Governor Edmund G. Brown announced he will not close down the state’s timbered areas to hunting, fishing and vacationing as logging industry and State Forestry representatives asked him to do earlier in the week. A high fire hazard exists throughout the state, but it apparently is not grave enough at this time to warrant a statewide fire closure.
· Don’t let mountain driving frighten you if you are heading for a trip through some of the country’s most spectacular scenery. Mountain driving isn’t difficult for the experienced driver. Mountain roads may look narrow to you, but that’s because of the immense country above and below. There is just as much space between the center line and the edge of a modern mountain road as there is on a flat one.
· Charter subscribers to the Sierra Star are reminded that on November 7, 1959, the Star will be two years old and those subscriptions will be due again. All charter subscribers are entitled to a special yearly rate of $2. Our regular subscription rate to non-charter members is $3.
50 Years Ago
· Mountain men can once more hide razors on top of shelves of medicine cabinets as they develop dark and dangerous appearances growing facial foliage for the Whiskerino contest during this year’s Sierra Mountaineer Days. Prizes will be awarded to winners of three categories: longest, most original and most colorful. To keep it all honest eligible contestants must register – clean shaven – at either Oakhurst barber shop after September 1.
· Senator Howard Way joined members of the Madera and Mono County boards of supervisors and forest service officials last week in a horseback ride into the upper San Joaquin River to view alternate routes of the proposed Minarets Summit Highway. Controversial Forest Highway 100, better known as the Minarets Summit Highway, is opposed by the Sierra Club but has strong advocacy from valley and coastal counties because it would shorten farm-to-market truck routes to the east as much as 250 miles.
· Last Sunday marked the formal opening of the first unit of Teaford Meadow Lakes subdivision near Bass Lake. The development on Road 223 is in a scenic area between Oakhurst and North Fork.
40 Years Ago
· The Madera County Board of Supervisors, in a 4-1 vote, approved the Preliminary Subdivision Map for the controversial 1,660 acre Sierra Oaks subdivision located halfway between Oakhurst and Ahwahnee. Developers John Jamison and Alan Thomas plan to divide the Four Tears ranch into 750 residential lots ranging in size from one to ten acres The plan also provides for the establishment of at least 150 mobile home lots as part of the above figures.
· Lynn Hammond of Oakhurst won the first ever destruction derby at this year’s 17th annual Sierra Mountaineer Days. Hammond’s car was sponsored by Oakhurst Tire, owned by Lonnie Brannon. The car was a 1964 Cadillac which was previously owned by Al Pettit. Twenty-eight cars were entered in the event, and an overflow crowd of over 1,000 filled the Grub Gulch Arena. There were also 12 entries in the Powder Puff derby with Wendy Pearson of Oakhurst winning the event.
· Ad: Stop by and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Carol and receive ½ OFF on any large pizza at Danny’s Red Devil Pizza, Teapot’s Corner, Hwy. 41, Oakhurst.
30 Years Ago
· The International Flying Chicken Contest at Sierra Mountaineer Days will be held October 8 in the Grub Gulch Arena. Entry fee is $10 for those who have their own chicken, or $20 for registration and chicken rental. Each chicken will be launched from a box atop a 10 foot tower and from the point of touchdown a measurement will be made. Prizes will be awarded within each weight division.
· The Central California Classic Film Festival will open tonight at the MET Cinema and run through Oct. 26. The festival will feature 28 MGM classics in their uncut versions. Included will be: Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, That’s Entertainment, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Kiss Me Kate, National Velvet and more.
· Dayna’s Place provides a place to socialize for junior high age students through 20 years. Director Allen King says that they are looking for an individual or organization to take over the management of the facility. This past year over 2,390 young people visited Dayna’s Place.