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1988: Pipe bombs plaque Manteca
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30 years ago

March 22, 1988

A pipe bomb was found Monday on the same street—but at a different home — where a bomb exploded February 9, damaging two vehicles. The Monday bomb scare occurred at 961 St. Cyr Court, just a few houses away from 929 St. Cyr Court where the February bombing took place. Capt. Charlie Halford of the Manteca Police Department said the 10-by-2 inch pipe bomb was found lying in the front yard of the house and said the bomb would have caused extensive damage had it been detonated.

The South San Joaquin Irrigation District Board of Directors chamber was filled Tuesday with area farmers who had come to voice their concerns over possible water conservation methods in light of recent low precipitation predictions. According to SSJID General Manager Barry Kehl, based on the current flow of New Melones reservoir and a 30-year water flow chart, SSJID is in a precipitation-deficit year.

Manteca Unified School District trustees voted 5-2 to ratify a new three- year contract with the Manteca Educators Association after discussion about the disparity between extra-pay provisions for high school basketball coaches. Boys’ team coaches will get 12 percent of the minimum teachers’ salary, while girls’ team coaches will get just nine percent. Board President Joe Widmer said that “it’s just easier to coach the girls.”

Seventeen-year-old Rachel Robison, a junior at East Union High School, captured the 1988-89 Manteca Junior Miss title, Saturday and along with it a $1,500 scholarship. Robison, the daughter of John and Jeanne Robison, will be Manteca’s representative to the California Junior Miss program to be held in Santa Rosa later this year. 


30 years ago

March 16, 1988

As a result of two newsprint cost increases and numerous other cost factors, the Manteca Bulletin subscription rate will be raised to $7 effective April 1. Weekday newsstand costs will remain at 25 cents, but the Sunday paper will be 50 cents.

More than 85 percent of the 216 teachers who voted Tuesday favored ratification of the proposed three-year contract between the Manteca Unified School District and the Manteca Educators Association. While 185 MEA members voted in favor of the pact, 31 votes were cast against it. “I think this is a strong endorsement by our membership,” said Evelyn Moore, MEA president. “The vote shows that the teachers are pleased and I’m pleased by that,” said MUSD Superintendent Harold Hughes.

Another pipe bomb was discovered planted inside a Manteca residence Wednesday afternoon. Unlike the two bombs that rocked Manteca last month, this one didn’t explode until it was detonated at the Manteca Police facility range. Police were called to a residence in the 400 block of Chestnut Avenue at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday by the female resident of the house who said she found what she thought was a bomb.

East Union High School activities director Jose Barron heard plenty of plaudits Tuesday evening and they were all for his ears alone. At the annual Founders’ Day celebration of the Manteca Council PTA, Barron was presented the Honorary Service Award in recognition of his “outstanding” contributions to PTA during the year to honor its staunch supporters.