Newman Fire

Personnel from the Newman Fire Department and West Stanislaus Fire Protection District’s Newman station responded to 21 calls for service from May 22-28.

Fire Chief Keith Bowen said the calls included eight medical aid responses, five public assists, two natural gas leaks, one hay stack fire, one smoke check, one vehicle fire, one motor vehicle collision, one vegetation fire and one working structure fire.

Bowen said the vehicle accident occurred May 28 at 5:20 p.m. at Villa Manucha and Lundy roads. Bowen reported the driver was transported by air ambulance with injuries he described as moderate to serious. Additional details were not available from the California Highway Patrol prior to publication deadline.

Newman enacting ordinance to ban hemp cultivation

The city of Newman is enacting an ordinance which would ban the outdoor cultivation of industrial hemp.

The City Council last week introduced the ordinance. A second reading is required before final adoption.

City Manager Michael Holland told the council that Stanislaus County last year adopted an ordinance under which it would issue permits for hemp cultivation unless a city specifically has an ordinance prohibiting the practice.

Concerns with allowing hemp cultivation include the potential for odor problems and the possibility of hemp plants being mistaken for cannabis and therefore causing a potential health and safety issue, Holland told the council.

West Side weather

Newman resident Marge Carvalho, an observer for the National Weather Service, reported the following high/low temperatures for the past week. Readings are recorded at 5 p.m. daily for the previous 24-hour period.

Monday, May 25: 103/64

Tuesday, May 26: 104/70

Wednesday, May 27: 109/73

Thursday, May 28: 108/68

Friday, May 29: 105/66

Saturday, May 30: 91/60

Sunday, May 31: 85/59