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Home prices on the rise in Valley

Home prices on the rise in Valley

MODESTO — Home prices in the Central Valley are up over last year, according to the May 2015 CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI).

In Modesto, home prices, including distressed sales, rose 7.9 percent in May compared to May 2014, CoreLogic said.

In Stockton and Lodi, prices, including distressed sales, were up 7.6 percent, year over year.

On a month-over-month basis, Modesto home prices, including distressed sales, increased by 0.8 percent in May 2015 compared to April. Prices rose 1.4 percent between April and May in Stockton and Lodi... Read More

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New startup incubators open in Modesto, Tracy

New startup incubators open in Modesto, Tracy

MODESTO — As technology has changed so has the American work experience. For millions of Americans, the days of driving to a centralized office for work are a thing of the past. More people than ever are able to do their work remotely, and startup incubators are opening in the Central Valley to help meet that demand.

One of the newer ones, called MODSpace, opened this spring at 1010 10th St. in downtown Modesto. Another one that used to operate as Altamont CoWork, located at 95 W. 11th St. in Tracy, is reopening under the name TechSprout. Both startup inclubators offer workspace and other services to small business owners and telecommuters, providing workers an opportunity to operate from somewhere other than their homes.

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Stanislaus educators partner to boost college rate

Stanislaus educators partner to boost college rate

MODESTO — George Youkhanna, 18, immigrated to the United States from Irag with his family in 2010. He didn’t speak English when he first arrived. While living in war-torn Iraq and Syria, his school attendance had been spotty. He found just registering for school frustrating and confusing.

“When I came here, I started everything fresh,” Youkhanna said. “Everything new. New language. New culture. New life.”

His counselor at Modesto’s Grace Davis High School recommended Comeback Kids, a Stanislaus County charter school where students who are behind or have dropped out can earn a high school diploma.

Youkhanna recently earned enough credits through Comeback Kids for his diploma. He was working to pass the state’s high school exit exam and wants to go to MJC so he can become an electrician like his father... Read More

Pedestrian killed in Fourth of July late-night crash in Modesto


A man died from his injuries after he was hit by a car late Saturday night, according to Modesto Police Department's officer Billy Boyle.

Boyle said the collision happened at 11:15 p.m. near McHenry and Fairmount Avenues. David Boozer, a 26-year-old Modesto resident, was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Cruz when he collided with a 56-year-old Modesto man.

Emergency crews arrived on scene and began treating the victim. They sent him to the hospital but he later died of his injuries, Boyle said.

Boozer remained on scene and was fully cooperate with the investigation. The victim's name has not been released yet and drug nor alcohol appeared to be a factor in the collision according to Boyle.


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Almond crop forecast down 3 percent

Almond crop forecast down 3 percent

MODESTO — California’s 2015 almond crop forecast is down by about 3 percent from May’s subjective forecast, the Almond Board of California said Wednesday.

The updated forecast is also down about 4 percent from last year’s crop.

The objective forecast is based on 890,000 bearing acres and finds the crop for 2015-16 will be 1.80 billion meat pounds

“This year’s objective estimate reflects the continued and unprecedented stress that California almond growers are experiencing as they cope with historic drought conditions,” said Mike Mason chairman of the Almond Board of California. “The California agricultural community is certainly hoping that the drought abates next winter, but in the meantime, growers are doing everything within their power to conserve water.”... Read More

Police: Man dies in Modesto after crashing stolen car into tree


A man driving a stolen car was killed after crashing the car into a tree in Modesto, according to Modesto police spokesperson Heather Graves.

Graves said that on Thursday, an officer saw a man in a Mercedes driving at a high rate of speed down of Oakdale Road toward Briggsmore Avenue.

As the officer attempted to catch up to the Mercedes, it turned onto Wylie Drive and the officer lost sight of the car. A few minutes later, the officer found that the driver had collided with a tree and the car was on fire, according to Graves.

Officers on the scene provided CPR to the driver, and paramedics declared him dead at the scene, Graves said.