>> 50 Years Ago — A standing room only audience, including several high school students and out-of-town visitors, witnessed a spectacle Wednesday night.
However, it did not take long for the obvious hostility between Mayor Herb Koenig, the city manager, and several of the councilmen to flare up.
“... I dispute Mr. McClintock’s (City Manager Leonard McClintock) battle cry of ‘If the taxpayers want service, let them pay for it,’” Mayor Koenig said.
>> 40 Years Ago — Little immediate effect on the local Economic Opportunity Commission’s operation is anticipated in the wake of President Nixon’s propose phase-out of the Office of Economic Opportunity.
Because it has been anticipated for some time, steps already have been taken locally to make most of the EOC programs ready to be “phased into other organizations or able to stand on their won,” said Wallace C. Dickey, a long-time commission member who sits on the EOC executive board.
>> 30 Years Ago — A top U.S. Department of Agriculture official has described the Payment-in-Kind Program as the last chance to make American farm products competitive in world markets.
“We need to let the world know we’re not going to sit back and be patsies anymore,” said Everett Rank, administrator of the USDA Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, which runs the PIK program.
Rank appeared before Valley growers Thursday to tour PIK, a program which gives growers surplus commodities in exchange for idling farmland. The purpose of PIK is to reduce huge surpluses of wheat, cotton, corn, rice and sorghum, which have glutted the market.
>> 20 Years Ago — Despite recent budget and manpower cuts, the Immigration & Naturalization Service alien detention facility in El Centro this week became the agency’s first jail to meet the standards of the American Correctional Association.
The non-profit association headquarters in Laurell, Md., awarded a three-year accreditation after detailed inspections. Detention facility Officer-in-Charge Nathan C. Davis II says meeting the group’s high standards was a challenge he immediately pursued upon assuming command of the jail in November 1988.