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Everything you need to know about home canning

Everything you need to know about home canning

Wondering what to do with that surplus of garden veggies? Home canning is a great way to preserve today's garden bounty for the cooler days of fall and winter. If you are wanting to try out home preserving but don't know where to begin, we have some great tips to get you started... Read More

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One teen killed, another injured in Modesto auto vs. bicycle collision


Two teens on a bike were injured, one fatally when they were struck by a car while in a Modesto intersection Monday night.

The collision was at Sylvan Avenue at Keller Street at about 8:45 p.m.

Modesto police Officer Scott Nelson said a 2014 Volkswagen heading eastbound on Sylvan and the bicyclists collided.

Killed was 17-year-old Thomas Johnson of Modesto, according to the Stanislaus County coroner. The other 17 year old was transported to an area hospital with several injuries. Nelson said the boy's condition was upgraded from critical condition Tuesday and he was expected to survive.

The 23-year-old Modesto woman driving the Volkswagen was not hurt.

Nelson said there were no obvious indications of alcohol or drug use by the driver. He said there were signs of possible alcohol consumption by the boys. They were not wearing safety helmets.

CSU Stanislaus Receives $250K Seed Gift for One Purpose

CSU Stanislaus Receives $250K Seed Gift for One Purpose

Local Entrepreneurs Matt and Maria Swanson Create Endowment to Support Student Success Through Scholarships and Motivate Future Contributions

TURLOCK, Calif. — July 17, 2014 — Local entrepreneurs Matt and Maria Swanson have made a $250,000 seed gift to establish the One Purpose endowment at California State University, Stanislaus. The endowment will support the One Purpose annual fund drive, a new effort aiming to raise $1 million for scholarships for high-achieving students during a six-week period in the fall.

“The goal of One Purpose is to keep our region’s best and brightest students right here in the Central Valley so that they can become our next generation of community and business leaders,” said CSU Stanislaus President Joseph F. Sheley. “Matt and Maria Swanson have been friends of the University for many years, and this generous gift represents their very significant investment in the future of our students and our region.”

Home Depot Style Challenge / Outdoor Games Edition Reveal + An Outdoor Oasis in My Backyard

Home Depot Style Challenge / Outdoor Games Edition Reveal + An Outdoor Oasis in My Backyard

I gave you the sneak peek last week, and today I get to share the full reveal of this formerly unused space in my backyard! I was asked by my friends at Home Depot to create a fun DIY outdoor game as part of a new edition of their Style Challenge Series. Of course I absolutely adore a challenge that not only stretches my creativity but also benefits my little family! If I can work a project into something that also helps me add fun and function to my home, then all the better as far as I'm concerned! 

I bring you my outdoor lounge area and the most fabulous badminton setup you ever did see. Or at least that I ever did see... 

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CDPH Lifts Warnings about Certain Seafood from Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties

CDPH Lifts Warnings about Certain Seafood from Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is lifting the April 4 and April 28, 2014 health advisories warning consumers not to eat recreationally harvested bivalve shellfish or the internal organs of commercially ..... Read More

Register NOW for 12th Annual Walt Gray Ride Aug 17!

Register NOW for 12th Annual Walt Gray Ride Aug 17!

Click HERE for details and to register!

When: Sunday, August 17, 2014, Registration: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m., Ending Event: 11:00 - 2:00 p.m.

State approves fines in Turlock robocall case


SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former Turlock City Councilman Kurt Vander Weide and his campaign consultant will be hit with $32,500 in fines for their roles in four robocalls placed during the 2008 campaign and other violations.

The Modesto Bee reports the Fair Political Practices Commission voted unanimously for the fines on Thursday.

Vander Weide and consultant Carl Fogliani were accused of failing to disclose the source of the automated calls, some of them targeting then-incumbent Mary Jackson.

The panel said the robocalls were designed to benefit Vander Weide and current Councilwoman Amy Bublak. Jackson and Bublak eventually won, and Vander Weide lost his seat by a narrow margin.

The call with the largest reach was from a woman who falsely claimed to be Jackson and urged voters to reject Proposition 8, a statewide measure against same-sex marriage on the same ballot.