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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

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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.

Pacific announces new Sacramento degrees: Expansion is milestone in region’s higher education

Pacific announces new Sacramento degrees: Expansion is milestone in region’s higher education

University of the Pacific celebrated June 26 the expansion of its Sacramento campus, longtime home of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, into a multidisciplinary center that will educate the professionals California needs in the decades ahead.

Joining the law school will be new graduate programs in health, education, business and public policy. Five new degrees will be rolled out over the next two years: Master of Business Administration; Doctor of Education; Master of Public Policy; Master of Physician Assistant Studies; and Master of Public Administration.

“This is a watershed moment for our university,” said Pamela A. Eibeck, president of University of the Pacific. “Pacific has been a pioneer in higher education in California for more than a century and a half, and it is with great excitement that we expand our presence and service in the Sacramento region.”

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Nonprofit helping needy families go solar

Nonprofit helping needy families go solar

MODESTO – The Light For All Foundation (LFAF), a Manteca based non-profit in partnership with Habitat For Humanity, is helping some Modesto families see a drastic reduction in their electricity bills, by helping them go solar.

The group kicked off a program in Stanislaus County that helps pay for solar systems for underprivileged families. Kurios Energy, a Manteca based full service solar provider, contributed by donating 100 percent of the installation costs. Other pieces of the system were donated by LFAF partners, including Soligent and AEE Solar... Read More

Stanislaus County sheriff deputies investigate west Modesto shooting


Stanislaus County sheriff deputies are investigating a shooting that injured a 49-year-old man, according to the sheriff's office spokesperson Anthony Bejaran.

Bejaran said that deputies were called at 9:28 a.m. Wednesday to the block of 1700 Donald Street in Modesto, where they found the man with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital and his condition wasn't known at the time, according to Bejaran.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636


Innovation Challenge set for Stanislaus County

Innovation Challenge set for Stanislaus County

MODESTO – Stanislaus County inventors and small business people who have innovative ideas or products, but not the funding to develop them, have an option in the coming months.

The Stanislaus Business Alliance is sponsoring a Stanislaus Innovation Challenge that will look to assist those wanting to develop an idea or product into a commercially viable endeavor. The Challenge is set up as a competition similar to reality series such as “Shark Tank.” Stanislaus county residents, college students or business owners can bring their ideas to one of the six local competitions spread throughout Stanislaus county from Aug. though Nov... Read More