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Colleges rely on technology to cut water use

Colleges rely on technology to cut water use

STOCKTON — For colleges and universities throughout the Central Valley, managing water during the drought is a balancing act. How do they do their part to conserve this diminishing resource while keeping campuses presentable?

Colleges say the visual impact of a campus, drought or not, is important to potential students who are deciding where to go to school.

“The challenge with this campus, is the balance we try to strike between the general campus aesthetic and the governor’s water edict, said UC Merced Facilities Management Senior Mechanical Engineer Jim Brugger.

Like parks and golf courses, colleges have expanses of lawn and landscaping. Many are well known for their campus greenery... Read More

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During drought golf courses struggle to keep the greens green

During drought golf courses struggle to keep the greens green

MODESTO — California’s 921 golf courses make up 3.5 percent of all turfgrass in the state. That leads people to believe golf courses use a significant amount of water.

That’s a perception the California Golf Alliance is trying to change. It issued a report saying golf courses use less than 1 percent of total fresh water in the state.

“Especially in the case of the drought situation, we’re forced to be good stewards with our water,” said the Sacramento Golf Industry’s Water Task Force spokesman Curtis Wolford... Read More

Modesto firefighters rescue woman from canal


Modesto firefighters rescued a woman from a canal paralleling Briggsmore Avenue, east of Lakewood Avenue, early Saturday morning.

Witnesses reportedly saw the female, who has not been identified, fall into the canal after losing control of her bike. Witnesses told firefighters and police the cyclist was under water and she could be seen from the surface.

The rescue response brought 1 fire engine, 1 fire truck, and 1 battalion chief for a total of 8 personnel, according to the fire department.

One firefighter entered the water wearing a life jacket and helmet, while two other firefighters assisted from shore. They located her under about 3 feet of water and pulled her to the surface, the firefighter kept her head above water as he swam to the canal bank and the other firefighters helped lift her from the canal.

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