The Selma Enterprise from Selma, California (2024)

WEDNESDAY APRIL. 19. 1995 The Selma Enterprise and The Selma Irrigator 1995 Member California Newspaper Publishers Association Central California's No. I weekly newspaper The Irrigator's Declaration April 3, 1886 "The interests of this section will be our interests, and we shall zealously watch over them, that none may traduce or injure its Published every Wednesday morning, by Community Newspapers, along with our sister newspaper, The Kingsburg Recorder. Entered as second class matter at the Post Office at Selma, Fresno County, CA 93662; Number USPS 489 060.

Postmaster: Send address changes to The Selma Enterprise, P.O. Box 100, Selma, CA 93662. The Selma Enterprise 2045 Grant Street P.O. Box 100 Selma, CA 93662 Phone (209) 896-1976 Subscription Rates: Inside Fresno County, one year, $20; six months, $14; three months, $12. (Senior citizens, one year, $17, six months, $12 three months, $11.) Elsewhere in California, one year, $23; six months, $16; three months, $13.

Outside California, one year, $25; six months, $17, three months, $15. Individual copies, 50 cents. Adjudged a newspaper of general circulation by the Court of the County of Fresno, State of California. The Selma Irrigator, established April 3, 1886. Published as The Selma Daily Irrigator from March 15, 1888 to Dec.

31, 1896. The Selma Enterprise, established June 23, 1888. Published as The Selma Daily Enterprise from October to November 1888; Sept. 19, 1889 to Nov. 8, 1890; and Jan.

20, 1891 to Feb. 13, 1891. Published as The Fresno County Enterprise beginning May 30, 1891. Renamed The Selma Enterprise on April 25, 1912. Absorbed the Del Rey Enterprise (founded July 28, 1919) on Oct.

3, 1924. Consolidated as The Selma Irrigator, Feb. 1, 1929. Combined with The Parlier Progress (founded Jan. 5, 1911) on Dec.

31, 1931. Renamed and continued as The Selma Enterprise beginning Nov. 2, 1939. The Kingsburg Recorder, established Nov. 30, 1904 and published continuously since.

Community Newspapers, Inc. James A. Brock Publisher Gerald Latham Advertising Director Kim Pickrell Production Supervisor Julie Pendley Publisher's Assistant Timothy Sheehan Managing Editor Kingsburg Recorder Edwin E. Jacobs Editor-Manager The Selma Enterprise Staff Editorial Eusevio Arias. Photographer Will Goldbeck Sports Reporter Vicki Mailes Leoni Reporter Karen Roberts Reporter Susan Jane Tucker Reporter Advertising Graphics Paulette Garcia Graphics Kay Minamoto Graphics Carole Norwood Sales Melba Simpson-Sprinkle Graphics Typography Verna Garcia Composition Supervisor Maria Merino Graphic Artist Brenda Meadows Typesetter Jan Shackelford Proofreader Office Deanna Diaz Classified Sales Margaret Rush Receptionist Production Terry Willems Lead Pressman Jimmy Brown, Marc Chavez, Joe Dominguez, Rick Hurtado, Margie Martinez, Maria Murillo, Doug Offenheiser, Eric Offenheiser, Rick Ramirez, Adrian Ruiz.

Circulation Candy Cortez, Joanne Cruz, Linda Garcia, Susan Melgoza, Irene Offenheiser, Juanita Quintana, Inez Rendon, Caryl Royston, Josie Rushing. Bruno Medrano Maintenance The Kingsburg Recorder Staff Editorial Mitch Huerta Reporter Vince Rembulat Reporter Office Virginia Kasparian Office Manager 'Immersion program' OK'd for limited-English students Remembrances may be made to Community Hospice 601 McHenry Suite Modesto, 95350; Memorial Hospital Foundation, 1329 Seanos Court, C-2, Modesto, 95355; or to the American Cancer Society, 350 Alhambra Boulevard, Sacramento, 95816. Manuel Romo Ontiveros Manuel Romo Ontiveros died April 13 at his home in Selma. He was 73. A rosary was recited Monday at Page Funeral Chapel in Selma and a Mass celebrated Tuesday at St.

Joseph Catholic Church in Selma. Monsignor John Esquivel officiated. Interment was at Floral Memorial Park in Selma. Mr. Ontiveros was a native of El Paso, Texas and had lived in the Selma area for over 30 years.

He worked as a farm laborer, employed by Madgashian Farms for 30 years. He was a member of the United Farm Workers and of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mr. Ontiveros is survived by three daughters, Delfina Rodriguez and Martina Calles, both of Fresno and Julia Toscano of Selma; seven grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Jose Luis Rendon Arrangements are pending at ThomasRobinson Funeral Home in Selma for Jose Luis Rendon, who died April 17. Arturo Silva Arturo Silva of Selma died April 9. He was 39. A chapel service was held Thursday at Thomas-Robinson Funeral Home in Selma and a graveside service was conducted Friday at Selma District Cemetery. Terry Bugler, a pastor of the SeventhDay Adventist Church in Reedley, conducted the services.

Mr. Silva was born in Colorado City, Texas and had lived in Selma for 36 years. He was a member of the Selma High School Class of 1975 and had been employed as a maintenance man by Ray Thomas for the past year. Mr. Silva is survived by his girlfriend, Kellie Thomas of Selma; three sons, Artie Silva, Andrew Silva and Alexander Silva, all of Selma; a stepson, Joseph Thomas of Selma; six brothers, Margarito Silva of Arizona, Catarino Silva and Vincent Rayos of Texas, Tom Silva and Armiro Chaparro of Kingsburg and Pete Chaparro of Selma; three sisters, Frances Jimenez of Selma and Jesse Wickramarachch and Gloria Silva, both of Fresno.

Clarence A. Smith Clarence A. Smith of Kingsburg died April 17 at Selma Convalescent Hospital. He was 87. A private cremation was arranged by Creighton Memorial Chapel in Kingsburg.

Interment was at Belmont Memorial Park in Fresno. Mr. Smith was born in Fresno and had lived in Kingsburg for 66 years. He was a retired high school teacher, having worked for Kingsburg High School for 30 years. Larry Dewayne Welch Larry Dewayne Welch of Selma died April 16.

He was 39. A private service was held following cremation. Mr. Welch was born in Twin Falls, Idaho and had lived in Selma for 39 years. He had been self-employed as a carpenter for the last five years.

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Welch of Selma; his mother, Billie Welch of Selma; a brother, Gary Armstrong of Fresno; and a sister, Wanda Ginder of Selma. He was preceded in death by his brother, Bert Welch. both of Modesto; and six grandchildren. Thomas-Robinson Funeral Home in year, only 52 have been redesignated as AROUND THE SOUTH COUNTY BIRTHS WEATHER FORECAST RAINFALL IRRIGATION At Selma District Hospital: SUMMARY Partly cloudy skies are forecast Precipitation season: July 1-June 30 Cubic feet per To Lisa and Rick Crabtree of Selma, through Thursday, with a slight chance of rain. A Selma Kings.

Clovis Calculated natural flow at Piedra 2,741 a girl, April 10. trend is forecast to start 1994-95 to date 16.52 16.48 16.90 Actual Pine Flat Lake inflow 3,173 To Maria Tinoco and Salvador Ven- warming by Saturday with Pct. of normal Actual flow at Piedra season 145.2% 159.7% 5,635 tura of Selma, a boy, April 11. highs reaching high to mid-80's. 1993-94 to date 6.25 Flow past Kingsburg 3,545 the To 5.83 6.31 Flood releases from Willis and David Horn of Normal to date 9.21 9.68 Pine Flat 2,700 Nancy Consolidated Canal Caruthers, a boy, April 11.

March 1995 total 4.91 5.74 5.39 Lone Tree (Church) Channel 50 850 DAY BY DAY April 1995 to date 0.80 0.62 0.80 Observed 50 To Alma Jimenez and Genaro a girl, April APRIL TEMPERATURES PRECIPITATION April 1994 total 1.07 1.32 1.36 Status; acre feet Archan of Selma, 12. Tuesday. To Patsy and Hector Gomez of Fowl- Max. Min. Sel.

King. Clo. Past week's total 0.80 0.62 0.80 Pine Flat Lake (Tuesday) Falling 743,607 er, a girl, April 12. 11 Clear 78 47 .00 .00 .00 Season total, 1993-94 8.16 7.69 8.56 A week ago Falling 761,868 To Gicela and Fernando Torres Jr. of 12 Clear 81 50 .00 .00 .00 Annual normal 11.37 10.58 A year ago Rising 513,850 Selma, a girl, April 13.

13 Rain 60 54 .35 .27 .27 Record seasonal Lake capacity 1,000,000 To Deeann Kaplanek and Robert Hill 14 Clear 62 42 .00 .00 .00 Most Lake Wishon Rising 44,203 precipitation: of Dinuba, a boy, April 13. 15 Rain 65 42 .21 .21 .02 23.30 23.57 Courtright Lake Falling 7,909 To Maribel and Randy Hildreth of 16 Rain 63 44 .09 .10 .19 Least 4.49 4.43 Millerton Lake (Monday) Falling 403,400 Fowler, a girl, April 14. 17 Rain 62 46 .15 .04 .32 LAST MEASURABLE RAIN Selma, April 17, .15 A week ago Falling 450,700 To Sheri and Julian Irigoyen of NORMALS 76 47 inches; Kingsburg, April 17, .04 inches. Tr. Trace.

A year ago Rising 347,400 Kingsburg, a boy, April 14. Precipitation totals in Selma and Kingsburg are for the To Melissa Rodriguez and Michael 24 hours following 7 a.m. on the date shown. IN THE SKY Pacific Standard Time Lara of Selma, a girl, April 14. To Josephine Flores and Jose Agui- HIGHS AND LOWS lar of Selma a boy, April 16.

Extremes of maximum and minimum temperatures for Sunrise To Gail and Robert Anderson of the weather which season began July 1: Kingsburg, a girl, April 16. Date Temps 6:21 a.m. At Fresno Community Hospital: Highest maximum Aug. 7,14,15 106 Sunset To Debbie and Robert Kuhn of Coolest maximum Nov. 18 48 Kingsburg, a boy, April 7.

Warmest minimum July 9, Aug. 15 71 LAST QUARTER NEW MOON FIRST QUARTER FULL MOON p.m. Coldest minimum Nov. 19 29 APRIL 21 APRIL 29 MAY 7 MAY 14 WATERING SCHEDULES lowed only on designated irrigation days, before 10 times unless necessary for public health IN SELMA and safety. and 6 p.m.

every day. Days: Even-numbered addresses may water on a.m. or after 6 p.m. IN KINGSBURG Swimming pools: A permit must be secured from Wednesday, Friday and Sunday; odd-numbered ad- Car washing: Washing cars, boats and other ve- City Hall for initial swimming pool fills and refills, with a dresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Satur- hicles at home is permitted only with an automatic shut- Days: Even-numbered addresses water on nominal charge. day; no watering is allowed on Monday.

off nozzle, on designated days before 10 a.m. or after 6 Wednesday, Friday and Sunday; odd-numbered ad- Watering will be monitored by city patrols. CitiHours: Watering is prohibited between 10 a.m. p.m. dresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Satur- zens who do not comply with restrictions will be warned and 6 p.m.

every day. Other uses: Washing of sidewalks, driveways, day; no watering is allowed on Monday. twice and then cited. For information on exemptions Swimming pools: Adding to or filling pools is al- parking lots or other paved areas is prohibited at all Hours: Watering is prohibited between 12 noon call City Hall at 897-5821. Ernest E.

Eichenberger Ernest E. Eichenberger of Reedley died April 10 at the age of 78. A graveside service was held April 12 at the Reedley District Cemetery. Mr. Eichenberger was a farmer and retired postal worker.

He is survived by his daughter, Sharon Schetter of Loomis; a brother, Walter Eichenberger of Selma; a sister, Louise Gearhart of Fowler; one granddaughter; and three great-grandchildren. Cairns Funeral Home in Reedley was in charge of arrangements. Mabel E. Franklin Former Selma resident Mabel E. Franklin died in San Jose April 9 at the age of 87.

Mrs. Franklin was a Selma native and attended Selma schools, graduating from Selma High School in 1927. She was a partner in Jensen Photo Studios before moving to San Jose where she worked as a home health aide. She is survived by a son, Gene Franklin of San Jose; a daughter, Julia Lara of Sunnyvale; two sisters, Julia Anderson of West Covina and Dorothy Henckle of Selma; one brother, Leonard Jensen of Selma; two grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Franklin.

Mary Montolongo Lango Mary Montolongo Lango of Fresno died April 10. She was 94. A rosary was recited April 12 at St. Alphonsus Church in Fresno and a service conducted Thursday, also at the church. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Fresno.

Mrs. Lango was born in Magelles, Durango, Mexico in 1901. She was a homemaker and had been a member of the Sociedade Portuguesa Rainha Santa Isabel (SPRSI), Flor De Selma No. 70 for 80 years. She was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post No.

8900, a life member of the VFW National Home. Mrs. Lango was a member of the Guadalupe Society for 50 years. She is survived by three sons, Robert Lango and Anthony Lango, both of Fresno, and Luis Lango of Morgan Hill; six daughters, Lucy Rios, Beatrice Fernandez, Ramona Gutierrez, Agnes Liscano, Josephine Lango and Mary Cavaldoro, all of Fresno; five brothers, Joseph Lango of Campbell, Phil Lango of Santa Rosa. Richard Lango of Santa Clara, Peter Augustine Lango of Bakersfield and Larry Lango of Auberry; two sisters, Esther Lango of Merced and Erma Delgado of Selma: 45 grandchildren; 65 greatgrandchildren; and eight great-greatgrandchildren.

Whitehurst Chapel in Fresno was in charge of arrangements. Sonja Hammerstrom Murphy Sonja Hammerstrom Murphy, a resident of Modesto, died April 14 at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. She was 57. A funeral will be held today at 4 p.m. at the Colonial Chapel-Franklin Downs Home in Modesto.

Interment will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Kingsburg District Cemetery. Mrs. Murphy was born June 23, 1937 in Selma. She and her husband owned and operated Murphy's Crystal Service for many years and had lived in Modesto since 1958.

Mrs. Murphy was also a homemaker. She is survived by her husband, W.S. "Bud" Murphy of Modesto; one son, Richard Murphy of Modesto; two daughters, Sandy Gregory and Kathleen Benn, Selma was in charge of arrangements. Thomas Jefferson Wells Thomas Jefferson Wells of Selma died April 11 in Ridgecrest.

He was 90. A service was conducted Friday at the Free Will Baptist Church in Selma by the Rev. Charles Roam. Interment was at Floral Memorial Park in Selma. Mr.

Wells was born in Hanna, Okla. and had lived in Selma for 53 years. He was a sheriff in Oklahoma before moving to California. Mr. Wells owned the Conejo Market and later the West Side Market in Selma during the 1960s and 1970s.

He also owned Town Country By Tim Sheehan MANAGING EDITOR School children who don't speak English may find themselves "immersed" in an English-language atmosphere in the classroom next year if their parents feel that's the fastest way for them to learn. Selma Unified School District trustees approved the development of a voluntary pilot "immersion program" for students with limited English skills, beginning with the 1995-96 school year. The vote came following a lengthy discussion at the board's April 11 meeting. Trustee John Lorona was the lone dissenting vote. In the Selma district, a total of 1,844 students out of the district's total enrollment of about 5,100 about 35 percent are considered "limited English proficient" (LEP) or non-English speaking, based on how students score on an English language test and their academic proficiency.

Most of these are Spanishspeaking students, although in a report to the board, SUSD Superintendent Steve Bojorquez said 10 to 12 students speaking Arabic and 40 students whose primary language is Punjabi are served by instructional aides in the district. Currently, these students are served through several channels: bilingual classes in which the teacher teaches in two languages; a primary language specialist in tandem with regular classroom instruction; and an English language development program. An immersion program, Bojorquez explained, may speed the transition of a student to fluency in English, but would need to be voluntary to comply with federal and state regulations. Two trustees said they had spoken with parents who did not want their children in bilingual classrooms, but preferred an all-English speaking environment so their children would learn English faster. Trustee John Hoyt, whose wife, Belen, is a kindergarten teacher, said she only uses Spanish to help get LEP children past roadblocks to get them on track with the lesson, then continues on in English.

Andy Vasquez, another trustee, said he, too, believed some students would do better in an immersion program. "John and I see a lot of these kids in sports, because we're both active in youth sports," Vasquez said. "A lot of these kids know English, but they go into a bilingual classroom because it's more comfortable." Trustee Bob Cross was concerned about how students can escape the label of LEP and be deemed proficient in English. He noted that district figures show of 1,844 LEP students in the district this Used Cars and four different car dealerships in the Fresno-Caruthers area. He is survived by two sons, Lloyd Wells of Fresno and Wayne Wells of Selma; three daughters, Annette Schneider of Selma, Joyce Davis of Ridgecrest and Betty Lawess of Virginia; five brothers, George Wells, Charlie Wells, John Wells, and Jack Wells, all of Oklahoma, and Ben Wells of Lindsay; one sister, Josie Davis of Oklahoma; 28 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Thomas-Robinson Funeral Home in Selma was in charge of arrangements. fluent English proficient (FEP). One of the standards the district uses as an exit criteria is whether a student can score 42 percent in reading on the California Achievement Test; Cross questioned whether that was a valid standard. "If you've got a kid who becomes perfectly fluent in English, but isn't a very good student, he's never going to get out of LEP," Cross said. "It appears we've got this vast number of LEP students when we don't have a fair exit criteria, he added.

"At some point he becomes a kid with a reading problem, not a kid who has a language problem." One statistic in Bojorquez's report backs Cross's concern. "We should keep in mind that, by its very definition, approximately 50 percent of students nationwide score below the 42nd NCE on a standardized test," Bojorquez wrote. "In communities that serve a large number of disadvantaged students, you would normally find that more than half of the students never reach the 42nd NCE on a standardized test irrespective of any language barriers." The superintendent added that parents may currently withdraw their child from a bilingual program at any time, but the child still is considered LEP until he or she meets the exit criteria. In addition to approving the development of a pilot immersion program, the board also came to consensus that the district should examine its LEP exit standards "to determine if they are appropriate," as Cross said. "We need to deal with the student who has developed English proficiency but has performance problems." Unfinished business You don't like mistakes and neither do we.

When an error occurs, it is our policy to set the record straight as soon as possible. In last week's editions of THE ENTERPRISE and THE RECORDER: An item in the Kingsburg police reports erroneously stated that David Downs was arrested April 6 on a warrant for failure to appear. Downs was issued a citation to appear, clearing the warrant, and was not booked on the warrant. THE RECORDER received its information from the Kingsburg Police Departement. The newspaper apologizes for the misunderstanding..

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