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January 23, 1959


Of the estimated 2,000 dogs in Merced, only 80 are sporting their 1959 city licenses.

Poundmaster Ernie Salmon has been on hand for the last two Saturdays at the corporation yard, 13th and I streets, with a big supply of dog tags.

But business has been so slow that it was hardly worth while opening up shop.

"Of course that first Saturday it was raining, and the second Saturday was pretty cold," he mused. "Maybe that's why people didn't come over."

More than 1,800 canines were licensed here last year, and with the normal increase there should be close to 2,000 now, Salmon estimated.

For the convenience of dog owners, six vaccination clinics and licensing periods have been set up on consecutive Saturdays, and there are still four to go.

But if people don't start coming in there's going to be a line on I Street all the way from 13th to 14th streets like there was last year, the poundmaster predicts.

January 23, 1979


Students in the Atwater Elementary School District will have to pay an additional 10 cents for their school lunches after Feb. 5, the district's Board of Trustees decided at Monday night's meeting.

According to Dr. Frank English, district superintendent, cafeteria expenses have been exceeding income by an average of $9,809 per month.

Cafeteria personnel have attempted to compensate for this imbalance by reducing the number of working hours and allowing natural attrition to reduce the number of employees, said English.

The added charge for the lunches, coupled with the cafeteria reserve funds, will carry the food program only through the remainder of the school year, said English. "It's only a bail out. We will have to look at the costs again at the beginning of the next school year."

Under the new schedule, students in kindergarten through the third grade, currently paying 35 cents for their cafeteria lunches, will pay 45 cents. Students from the fourth through the sixth grades will now have to pay 50 cents per lunch, up from the current 40 cents, and students in the seventh and eighth grades will pay 55 cents.

January 23, 1984


If you've got "the right stuff," school districts will fight tooth and nail to get your signature on a teaching contract.

In this case, "the right stuff" isn't the ability to fly in the space program, but explaining to schoolchildren the basic scientific and mathematical principles that got the astronauts off the ground.

Finding a teacher, let alone one with "The Right Stuff" is getting to be more difficult than launching an Apollo rocket.

"A major teacher shortage is likely to occur," said Jim O'Banion, a staff aide with Sen. Alan Cranston, D-Calif.