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Drought and water-supply experts list for 2015

Drought and water-supply experts list for 2015

Experts from the University of California, Davis, are available to media to discuss the drought and water-supply issues affecting California.

DROUGHT AND WILDFIRES Wildfire, climate and plant communities

Mark Schwartz, director of the John Muir Institute of the Environment, can discuss the impact of climate change on wildfires, as well as where and when plant communities are predicted to exhibit stress as a consequence of unusual climatic conditions, including wildfire. His work to help better predict fire behavior and forest vulnerabilities informs decisions about fire management, including prescribed fire, fuels reduction, and management responses to wildfire events. Contact: Mark Schwartz, John Muir Institute of the Environment, (530) 752-0671, mwschwartz@ucdavis.edu.

AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS Economic impact on agriculture and consumers

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Newman truck driver up for national honor

Newman truck driver up for national honor

TURLOCK — Newman truck driver Robert Caton is known for his safety record and passion for his job.

Caton’s supervisors at Ruan Transportation nominated him for the company’s Driver of the Year Award for the sixth time — as many years as the honor has been offered. In the past he has been selected as a regional-level finalist. This year he is a national finalist.

“To become a region winner like Robert Caton has … is a significant accomplishment within our company and within our industry, I think,” she said.

“I’m honored to be recognized for the hard work I do,” Caton added.

Every year, managers from 270 Ruan terminals choose a regional finalist. From there, the vice president of operations selects regional winners. This year there were 16 finalists out of more than 4,400 Ruan drivers nationwide. Caton is one of those finalists, explained Mallory DeZwarte, Ruan’s senior marketing communications specialist.

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Home prices on the rise in Valley

Home prices on the rise in Valley

MODESTO — Home prices in the Central Valley are up over last year, according to the May 2015 CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI).

In Modesto, home prices, including distressed sales, rose 7.9 percent in May compared to May 2014, CoreLogic said.

In Stockton and Lodi, prices, including distressed sales, were up 7.6 percent, year over year.

On a month-over-month basis, Modesto home prices, including distressed sales, increased by 0.8 percent in May 2015 compared to April. Prices rose 1.4 percent between April and May in Stockton and Lodi... Read More

Pedestrian killed in Fourth of July late-night crash in Modesto


A man died from his injuries after he was hit by a car late Saturday night, according to Modesto Police Department's officer Billy Boyle.

Boyle said the collision happened at 11:15 p.m. near McHenry and Fairmount Avenues. David Boozer, a 26-year-old Modesto resident, was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Cruz when he collided with a 56-year-old Modesto man.

Emergency crews arrived on scene and began treating the victim. They sent him to the hospital but he later died of his injuries, Boyle said.

Boozer remained on scene and was fully cooperate with the investigation. The victim's name has not been released yet and drug nor alcohol appeared to be a factor in the collision according to Boyle.


Police: Man dies in Modesto after crashing stolen car into tree


A man driving a stolen car was killed after crashing the car into a tree in Modesto, according to Modesto police spokesperson Heather Graves.

Graves said that on Thursday, an officer saw a man in a Mercedes driving at a high rate of speed down of Oakdale Road toward Briggsmore Avenue.

As the officer attempted to catch up to the Mercedes, it turned onto Wylie Drive and the officer lost sight of the car. A few minutes later, the officer found that the driver had collided with a tree and the car was on fire, according to Graves.

Officers on the scene provided CPR to the driver, and paramedics declared him dead at the scene, Graves said.

Pacific announces new Sacramento degrees: Expansion is milestone in region’s higher education

Pacific announces new Sacramento degrees: Expansion is milestone in region’s higher education

University of the Pacific celebrated June 26 the expansion of its Sacramento campus, longtime home of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, into a multidisciplinary center that will educate the professionals California needs in the decades ahead.

Joining the law school will be new graduate programs in health, education, business and public policy. Five new degrees will be rolled out over the next two years: Master of Business Administration; Doctor of Education; Master of Public Policy; Master of Physician Assistant Studies; and Master of Public Administration.

“This is a watershed moment for our university,” said Pamela A. Eibeck, president of University of the Pacific. “Pacific has been a pioneer in higher education in California for more than a century and a half, and it is with great excitement that we expand our presence and service in the Sacramento region.”

Stanislaus County sheriff deputies investigate west Modesto shooting


Stanislaus County sheriff deputies are investigating a shooting that injured a 49-year-old man, according to the sheriff's office spokesperson Anthony Bejaran.

Bejaran said that deputies were called at 9:28 a.m. Wednesday to the block of 1700 Donald Street in Modesto, where they found the man with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital and his condition wasn't known at the time, according to Bejaran.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636