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Lodi News-Sentinel sold for first time since 1959

Lodi News-Sentinel sold for first time since 1959

LODI — The Lodi News-Sentinel has been sold to a new corporation, Central Valley News-Sentinel Inc., led by veteran newspaper publisher Steven Malkowich, the Weybret family announced May 28... Read More

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Exchequer Mountain Bike Park, near Yosemite National Park, is the West Coast Finalist to Win $100k

 Exchequer Mountain Bike Park, near Yosemite National Park, is the West Coast Finalist to Win $100k

Voting has begun to determine the ultimate winner of a $100,000 grant from Bell-Helmets. Exchequer Mountain Bike Park, located near Lake McClure is the West Coast finalist, competing against finalists from the Central and East Coast regions of the United States.

If Exchequer Mountain Bike Park emerges as the winner the grant will be used to develop a 700 acre bike park that includes a downhill, double black-diamond trail, considered to be among the most extreme in the sport. Once completed, the bike park will also have trails for all skills levels and abilities, including riders with disabilities. Every online vote will be crucial to winning the grant. The Exchequer Mountain Bike Park, located in Mariposa County, is being managed by the Parks Department of Merced Irrigation District.

Modesto school employee accused of having sex with student


A Modesto school employee is facing charges of having unlawful sex with a student.

Daniel Ornelas, 43, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. On Tuesday, Ornelas was arrested at his Modesto home.

The allegations came to light when a staff member contacted police.

"Downey High School staff did alert us to a possible relationship and we started an investigation from there," said Heather Graves, spokesperson for the Modesto Police Dept.

Police say information obtained during their investigation indicates that Ornelas and the victim had been involved in a sexual relationship since February of this year.

"She is cooperating and it is still early in the investigation but we do feel she's the only victim as of right now," said Graves.

Modesto school employee accused of inappropriate relationship


A man who worked at a Modesto high school is now facing allegations of having an inappropriate relationship with a female student. Police arrested Daniel Ornelas earlier this week.

According to Modesto City Schools, Ornelas worked as an in-school suspension monitor at Downey High School. The district says the student involved in the relationship attended Downey.

Modesto City Schools says they have taken steps to ensure Ornelas cannot enter school grounds.

Anyone with information about Ornelas is asked to call Modesto police at (209) 342-9123.


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Outdoor dining event planned for June in Modesto

Outdoor dining event planned for June in Modesto

MODESTO – Chefs in the Modesto area have joined together to organize an outdoor gourmet dinner party, starting at 6 p.m., June 7, on 15th street.

The party will feature the specialties of chefs Joe Hargrave of Tacolicious, Gema Martinez of Redwood Café, Paul Tremayne of Concetta, Ray Ashak of Vito’s, and Blake Humble of Commonwealth.

The event will take place the middle of 15th Street between J and K Streets, feature live music and wine along with a 150-foot dinner table. Appetizers and champagne will be served, starting at 6 p.m., followed by dining and music... Read More

BROKEN TOYS-30 Years in the Making Live at the Gallo Center July 18th

BROKEN TOYS-30 Years in the Making Live at the Gallo Center July 18th

     Moving to a town that only had 8 exits off the Freeway(what kind of cultural wasteland was my parents moving us to) was a pretty big shock for a teenager from LA(and what classic 80 movie plots seemed to be all about.) What did this "hick town" have to offer to a Modernist Punk from the "Big City." I remember the first High School dance I attended the DJ had a list of bands not to play, no Bauhaus, no Cure, no Blondie, not even the B-52's. I noticed in a box a 7" a band that wasn't on the list The Dead Kennedys so I had him play Holiday in Cambodia(a small win for my rebellious soul.)  I was a stranger in a strange land being assaulted by Jocks and Cowboys for the clothes on my back and the way I wore my hair.

Police arrest suspect connected to fatal shooting in Modesto's northwest side


Police have arrested a man in the shooting death of another man at a Modesto home Sunday morning.

Pedro Costa, 42, was arrested by police just after 10 p.m. Sunday.

The shooting happened early Sunday morning at a home on Clevenger Drive near Tully Road in Modesto. The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach, then later died from his injuries according to Modesto police.

Police believed the shooting may have been over a drug dispute. Neighbors said it was a home the community has been trying to get rid of for months because of illegal activity.