50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index • DECEMBER 31, 1970

School district, rec group will restore junior high sports 

Junior High school sports will soon begin again in Gustine and Newman.

Monday night the Newman Gustine Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees allocated $1,500 from the district’s community service tax fund to each city’s recreation commission for a junior high sports program for the remainder of the year. Under the agreement between the board and the recreation commissions, the district will provide the funds and the facilities for the program, while the commissions will set up and operate their programs. Representatives from Newman and Gustine recreation groups presented tentative programs to the boards Monday. Newman Recreation Director Harold Canter and Recreation Commission Chairman Joe Frias presented the plan for Newman while recreation directors John DiGiorno and Joe DeGregori presented Gustine’s plan. 

New voter law change registration

Changes in the procedures governing voter registration have taken effect in Stanislaus County because of new laws and court decisions. From now on, all persons between 18 and 21 years of age will be allowed to register as voters for the first time. Right now, this registration would allow voters under 21 to cast ballots only in national elections. Should the state law be changed, allowing those under 21 to vote, the registered voters in that age group would be notified. Another new law now provides that the one year residency requirement in California no longer applies. 

Harold Densmore named new Newman city attorney 

At its last meeting, the Newman City council appointed Harold Densmore as the new City Attorney,

Densmore will take over his new duties at the January12 meeting of the council. He succeeds George Murry, who will become a judge for the Merced County Superior Court.

50 Years Ago From the Archives of The GUSTINE STANDARD • DECEMBER 31, 1970

It wasn’t a dull year

Gustine’s most sensational news stories for 1970 centered around two things that did not happen - deunification of the Newman-Gustine Joint Unified School District and the closing of the Borden plant.

Deunification can still happen, however; the 1970 calendar ran out before a proposal to dissolve the district could be forwarded to the State Board of Education for what amounts to a sort of semi-final decision. The final decision, assuming the State Board approves the plan, will rest with the voters of the school district.

Gustine was shocked when it was announced Feb. 12 that the Borden plant here was to close. Long a major Gustine industry, its closure would have been catastrophic for many Gustine families. Before the news on March 1 that the Knudsen Company had bought the plant, rumors had begun to spread that the catastrophe was not to be; nonetheless hearts were considerably lighter hereabouts when the news became official.

Much less important, the Standard’s number three tory of 1970 did, however, play the spotlight briefly on Gustine when it became the first city in California to use 911 as an all-purpose emergency telephone number.

Number four - also on the bright side - building totals exceeded half a million dollars in Gustine in 1970. Significant items were the Avoset Company’s $160,000 expansion and the greatest number of new home permits here since the height of the San Luis Project building boom.

The number five story could have been predicted - and was - by everybody; it was the overwhelming defeat of a school bond proposal that would have paid for construction of new school buildings in Gustine and Crows Landing.