50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index • JANUARY 21, 1971

Orestimba Camp rejected as historic landmark 

An application by Stanislaus County to put the Orestimba Indian Camp near Newman on the National Register of Historic Places was rejected by the State Historical Landmark Advisory Committee last week. The committee was acting on the recommendation of its staff from the State Department of Parks and Recreation. The report stated that the Orestimba site has “ little cultural significance other than the possibility of an early meeting place for (the) Spanish and Indians.” Although the committee’s function is advisory, its rejection of the site for the National Registry is final. However, it is possible to submit a new application for the site. 

Newman gets variance to burn garbage

Newman and Patterson have been given an extension on open burning at their municipal garbage dumps.

The Stanislaus County Air Pollution Control Appeals board granted the variances last week after noting that the cities have little choice in the matter at the moment.

In return, the cities promised to find a new site for disposal of garbage as soon as possible so the burning can be stopped.

The burning variance provides for burning only on days when the atmospheric ventilation is good. Another provision is that there can be no prolonged production of black smoke.

50 Years Ago From the Archives of The GUSTINE STANDARD • JANUARY 21, 1971

Talk, talk, talk but council didn’t drowse

Gustine City Councilmen didn’t accomplish much on paper Monday night, but for sure they were not sitting idly around drawing their $10.00 per month salary either. 

It was a night for discussion and it almost became the longest session this council has had. For almost and hour and a half they talked. 

The upcoming quarterly meeting of the Central Valley Division of the League of California Cities was first. It is scheduled for April 22, and will be held at the GPS Hall. Some 300 city officials from throughout Central California will attend this event. Most everyone got assignments here. Too taking considerable time was selecting street and alley construction for 1971. Christmas decorations also came in for discussion with a suggestion that Fifth Street from North Avenue to Third Avenue be added for the present decorations, and that a conference with the chamber be held to investigate obtaining additional decorations that would stretch across Fifth Street to add to the lighting scheme.