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The lowdown on what’s happening during Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend!

The lowdown on what’s happening during Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend!

Don’t look now, but Lodi’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend is just around the corner: coming up February 7 & 8, 2015 (Saturday/Sunday). Time’s a’wastin’, if you’re still just thinking about it!

This will be the 18th annual celebration of Lodi’s eminently approachable, luscious, juicy style of wines, showcased with a proliferation of complimentary chocolates, savory treats, and fountains of love, love, love. It has become the most popular weekend wine event in Lodi wine country, and for good reason: what better way to seal one’s love and devotion to significant others, or whole groups of friends and family?

Over 50 Lodi wineries will be opening their doors to welcome you. ... Read More

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How Valley hospitals are transitioning to electronic medical records

How Valley hospitals are transitioning to electronic medical records

MODESTO — Health care, the last major industry to go digital, is in the middle of a historic transition. Hospitals, doctors’ offices, pharmacies and more are digitizing their records in an effort to deliver health care more accurately, efficiently and cost-effectively.

While the implementation of electronic medical records (EMR) is often associated with mandates of the Affordable Care Act, the computerization of area hospitals’ operations and documents actually began well before the birth of the bill... Read More

Brown’s budget would pay down debt, hold down college tuition

Brown’s budget would pay down debt, hold down college tuition

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown this morning presented his budget proposal, which he said  injects billions of dollars more into schools and health care coverage, holds college tuition flat and delivers on Propositions 1 and 2 by investing in long overdue water projects.

“This carefully balanced budget builds for the future by saving money, paying down debt and investing in our state’s core needs,” said Brown. “Our long-term fiscal health depends on the wise and prudent actions we take today.”... Read More

Modesto City Schools Board of Education Seeks Applicants to Fill Vacancy

Modesto City Schools Board of Education Seeks Applicants to Fill Vacancy

Provisional candidate will serve until next regularly scheduled election for governing board members

MODESTO, CA – The Modesto City Schools Board of Education is soliciting applicants to serve as an appointed member of the Board of Education until the next regularly scheduled election for governing board members, which is November 2015.

The Board of Education is a legislative and judicial body and acts as the policy-forming component for school control, organization, and policy administration.

The ideal applicant would have the ability and time to fulfill the responsibilities of being a member of the board, including:

·Participating fully in the work of the board, attending all board meetings and key district events, and studying and discussing policy issues

·         Committing to public education and its mission; understanding educational, social, and economic policy issues

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What the unemployment rate doesn’t tell you about the Valley’s job picture

What the unemployment rate doesn’t tell you about the Valley’s job picture

Last fall, for the first time since before the recession, unemployment in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties dipped into the single digits. It was taken as a sign that recovery from the recession was finally reaching the Central Valley... Read More

Help find the man who tried to abduct a 13-year-old in Modesto


The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help with finding a suspect in the attempted abduction of a 13-year-old girl.

The sheriff's office said Saturday that the girl was walking on South 7th Street in Modesto at about 4 p.m. Dec. 19 when a man tried to pull her into a truck. The girl escaped and hid until the man left.

Here is how the sheriff's office described the suspect and his vehicle in a press release:

The truck is described as a green mid-to-late 1990's Ford F150 with dents on the driver side door and rear bumper. The truck had a 49ers headrest and a red scent tree car freshner in the truck. The suspect is described as a White or Hispanic male in his 40's with dark curly hair and a goatee.

If you have any information please contact Detective Greg Buck at 209-525-7103.

What 2015 tax reform could look like

What 2015 tax reform could look like

Jason Harrel

Back in February, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, drafted the Tax Reform Act of 2014. On Dec. 11, Camp officially introduced H.R. 1, the Tax Reform Act of 2014.  The bill was provided the designation of H.R. 1 to signify the importance of the legislation in the 2015 Congress. As we saw with the Affordable Care Act, the devil is in the details.

“At its core, the Tax Reform Act of 2014 is about making the tax code simpler and fairer for hardworking taxpayers,  Camp said. After all the deception we experienced with the Affordable Care Act, can Camp’s statement be trusted?

This article will review some of the income tax reform provisions related to individuals. Next month I will explore some of the business provisions... Read More