Rain and wind hit the Tracy area on New Year’s Day 2004, flooding streets and toppling trees.
The Tracy Fire Department is moving Engine 95 from the station on Linne Road in the Carbona area to the station farther west at Hansen and Schulte roads. The shift will shorten response times to calls at the new Mountain House residential community.
Baby girl Paola, daughter of Graciela Duran and Jose Valdez, was born New Year’s Day at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital as Tracy’s first baby of 2004.
Reconstruction of Parker Avenue is close to being completed, according to city officials.
Dominique Carter poured in 32 points as the West High Wolf Pack girls basketball team edged Central Catholic of Modesto 68-61 and advanced to the finals of the Tracy Breakfast Lions Basketball Tournament. In the championship game, West lost to Sierra of Manteca, 60-38.
Former Tracy High football standout Del Hawkins has completed his career at Fresno State University against UCLA in the Silicon Valley Classic.
25 years ago — 1988-89
The demand for new homes in Tracy has been ranked as Tracy’s top story of 1988 by the Tracy Press editorial staff. Prospective home-buyers lined up in front of subdivision sales offices. In one subdivision, buyers pulled numbers out of a brass pot to determine who would be first in line.
Lt. Orval Ellis, commander of the California Highway Patrol unit in Tracy for nearly 10 years, is retiring after 31 years with CHP. His successor is Lt. Don Frazier, a native of Modesto.
Production employees have left the Laura Scudder’s snack-food plant for the last time as the plant closes down for good. The plant, on Valpico Road south of town, was opened in 1964.
Discovery Chevrolet in Tracy is selling a 1989 Chevy Camaro RS for $10,888.
50 years ago — 1963-64
Cold, foggy weather was no problem for Tracy merchants, who reported increased sales during the pre-Christmas shopping season.
The home of Leo and Dorothy Zanussi on Portola Way was judged best in the Home and Grounds judging of the Tracy Christmas Lighting Contest. Second place went to the Wallace Englund home on East Eaton Avenue.
Dorothy Ruiz is the new captain of the 18-hole women’s golf group at Tracy Golf and Country Club.
Marty Woodard is the new president of the Road Deacons car club.
Sharon Robertson, 11, has won first place in the Tracy Press Christmas Coloring Contest. Larry Gamino, also 11, took second.
Three-year-old Cindy Bisbee was seen riding down a sidewalk in the miniature car she received as a Christmas gift.
75 years ago — 1938-39
A Stockton woman was taken into custody on burglary charges. She is accused of burglarizing the James Thompson home near Banta, according to Constable Ben Canale Jr.
The Tracy Inn played host to a full-scale New Year’s Eve party sponsored by the Tracy Lions Club. The event in the inn’s Rose Room featured a “deluxe dinner,” music, noisemakers and favors. Tickets were $5 per couple.
Top spellers at Tracy High School are Nancy Albano, freshman; Mary Pombo, sophomore; and Jerold Culbert, senior.
100 years ago — 1913-14
A transient was shot three times in the leg during an altercation in a hobo jungle outside of town.
Edison phonographs are on sale at the Tracy Bazaar at prices beginning at $30.
City trustees (City Council) approved the purchase of a load of gravel to be spread at intersections so pedestrians can cross streets “without wading.”
— Tracy Press archives