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Blue Diamond breaks ground on Salida plant expansion

Blue Diamond breaks ground on Salida plant expansion

SALIDA — Blue Diamond Growers broke ground Friday on a new almond receiving warehouse at its facility in Salida, which will expand its receiving capability by one third, the cooperative announced.

“This warehouse will be state of the art in design, providing gentle handling, food safety and added flexibility in order to meet the needs of our grower-owners as well as customers,” said Salida plant manager Darrell Nelson.

The expansion was prompted by Blue Diamond’s expectation that business will grow 20 percent... Read More

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CSU Stanislaus Nursing Program ranks high

CSU Stanislaus Nursing Program ranks high

TURLOCK — CSU Stanislaus’ School of Nursing is one of the top nursing programs in the western region according to a list published by NurseJournal.org. The school was ranked 26th out of 442 nursing schools in the region... Read More

Area unemployment rates shrink slightly

Area unemployment rates shrink slightly

The unemployment rates in the Stockton and Modesto metro areas shrank slightly in the month of February. Stockton’s rate was at 10.1 percent down from 10.5 percent one month earlier. Modesto’s rate fell to 10.7 percent from 11 percent in January... Read More

Modesto girl, 4, found alone in street at night; mom arrested


A Modesto mom was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment after her 4-year-old daughter was found alone in the street early Sunday morning.

Modesto police spokesperson Heather Graves said a couple driving on Brighton Avenue after midnight said a little girl in pajamas and bare feet ran in front of their car.

The couple stopped and asked the child where she lived. She guided them to her home but no one answered their door knocks, according to Graves.

The couple took the child to McDonald's because she said she was hungry. About the same time, the girl's mother, 24-year-old Tessa Johnson, called police to report her daughter was missing. Graves said Johnson told officers she had left home about half an hour earlier to meet a friend. She said she left her daughter home.

The couple returned the little girl to her home as officers were there talking to Johnson.

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Two sentenced for fatal Stanislaus County attempted carjacking


MODESTO, Calif. (AP) - Two men have been sentenced in Stanislaus County Superior Court for first-degree murder and attempted carjacking in an encounter that took the life of a 21-year-old man nearly five years ago.

Superior Court Judge Scott Steffen on Monday sentenced 19-year-old Turlock Diaz to 52 years and six months to life in prison. Twenty-three-year-old Daniel Pantoja was sentenced 27 years and six months to life in prison.

Michelle Bettencourt, the mother of victim Chaz Bettencourt, tells the Modesto Bee she will attend every parole hearing for the two men convicted in her son's August 2010 shooting death outside a convenience store in Riverbank.

She says she told the defendants she will be "the nightmare to haunt your lives like you haunted mine."


Bank of Stockton expands in Contra Costa and Napa counties

Bank of Stockton expands in Contra Costa and Napa counties

STOCKTON — The Bank of Stockton announced Friday that it will acquire two First Bank branches located in Brentwood and Napa. The terms of sale were not disclosed and the agreement is subject to regulatory approval and other conditions. The two banks expect the sale to close the third quarter of 2015.

“It gives us entrance into several new markets we currently aren’t in,” said Douglass M. Eberhardt, president and CEO of Bank of Stockton. “It is geographically next to our markets and allows us to expand. Although the name of the branches will change to Bank of Stockton, it is our intention to keep the staff that the communities know.”... Read More

Yummy Avocados!

Yummy Avocados!

Avocados are a fresh, natural, wholesome part of a healthful diet. They’re irresistibly rich in flavor and avocados also provide vital nutrients and phytochemicals. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer and other chronic diseases.

There are 13 vitamins that the body absolutely needs: vitamins A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and folate). Avocados naturally contain many of these vitamins.  Here are some wonderful recipes from March's issue of Cooking Light Magazine.