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Summer Reading Performers at the Keyes Library

Summer Reading Performers at the Keyes Library

Looking for fun family entertainment? Come by the Keyes Library during the month of June for two free, fun, and family-friendly performers. The first show, Xtreme Science Magic, will be held on Monday, June 8 at 3 p.m. During Xtreme Science Magic, Don O’Brien will perform amazing science experiments and magic tricks that will astound the audience. Then on Monday, June 15 at 10:30 a.m. individuals can watch Uncle Jer’s Traveling Bee Show. During this program, children will be treated to an interactive performance that discusses the history of bees, pollination, and honey production. Each child will also receive a parting gift from Uncle Jer!

Children, tweens, teens, and adults can also use these performances as an opportunity to sign-up for our annual Summer Reading Challenge where individuals can win prizes just for reading!

The Keyes Library is located at 4420 Maud Ave. For more information, please call 664-8006. 

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Union Pacific trains local firefighters to respond to crude oil incidents

Union Pacific trains local firefighters to respond to crude oil incidents

By SIM RISSO
Business Journal writer

MODESTO — Domestic oil drilling has risen dramatically in recent years as oil companies coax crude out of shale deposits in North Dakota, Texas, Wyoming and other states. Much of that oil moves from fields to refineries by rail, and there are concerns about safety after a string of derailments.

In mid-February to mid-March alone, there were four derailments of trains moving crude oil, according to the Los Angeles Times. While the damage from derailments is usually limited, the possibility of a major incident is real. In 2013, a train carrying crude oil derailed in the Canadian town of Lac-Megantic in Quebec, killing 47 people and destroying 30 buildings.

Every month about 1,000 cars of crude oil move on Union Pacific lines through California cities, including those in the Central Valley... Read More

Modesto police community meeting entirely in Spanish


In an effort to strengthen its relationship with the Latino community, the Modesto Police Department held a town hall meeting Wednesday night, entirely in Spanish.

The language barrier was nonexistent inside the Hanshaw Middle School in south Modesto. More than 50 Spanish-speaking residents turned out to hear –- in their native language -- what officers are doing to keep them safe.

A main concern is the gang violence plaguing many communities.

"I came out to see what changes are in store for my neighborhood," resident Camilo Moreno said.

At a time of tense community police relations across the country, the Modesto Police Department is working to bridge the divide with the Hispanic community.

Modesto drivers to face added road construction

Modesto drivers to face added road construction

MODESTO – Drivers traveling in the area of Kienan Ave. and Highway 99 in Modesto will have added construction to contend with, starting June 1.

The construction involves Stage 2 roadway widening work along eastbound Kiernan Ave between Highway 99 and Sisk Road. The work will impact the business park in the area. The most significant change drivers will see is the closure of the driveway on Kiernan Ave. between Burger King and the Union 76 Station. ... Read More

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Body of deceased man found by river in Modesto's Beard Brook Park


Modesto police detectives are investigating a body found by the river near Beard Brook Park at 400 South Morton Boulevard. Police say the victim is an adult male.

According to police there is no evidence of foul play in his death.


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2 grass fires burn in Stanislaus County


Fire crews are battling two grass fires Tuesday afternoon in Stanislaus County, near the Modesto Airport.

One grass fire, called the Mitchel Fire, is north of the river and east of Mitchel Bridge, a spokesperson with the Modesto Fire Department said. This grass fire is a couple of acres and being handled by the Ceres Fire Department. It is unknown when the fire started.

The second grass fire, called the Parker Fire, is located in Empire on Church Street, between Garst and Parker, Modesto Fire said. This grass fire is a couple of acres and being handled by Stanislaus Consolidated Fire. It is unknown when this fire started.

Smoke from the fires can be seen in downtown Modesto, according to a tweet from the Stanislaus County Office of Emergency Services.

Builders Showcase // Rustic Outdoor Table with Built In Drink Cooler

Builders Showcase / Rustic Outdoor Table with Built In Drink Cooler

My wife wanted to be able to have chairs on the ends so I extended the top by 14" over the frame.  We also wanted to be able to cover the gutter so we used $10 plastic planter boxes and I cut a 2x6 to drop into the gap.  There is a 2" hole towards the center to be able to pull the lids off.  We did the entire thing in cedar, then finished in linseed oil.  Since this will be out in the elements, we wanted to prolong its life.  :)... Read More