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Modesto native to lead NASCAR marketing

Modesto native to lead NASCAR marketing

Modesto native Jill Gregory has been promoted to lead NASCAR Marketing, NASCAR announced Thursday.

As the head of marketing, Gregory will lead brand marketing, marketing and media research and NASCAR creative design... Read More

Hunter Ranch announces The Impossible Open – the toughest test in Central Coast golf

Hunter Ranch announces The Impossible Open – the toughest test in Central Coast golf

Hunter Ranch Golf Course in Paso Robles, the Central Coasts premier golf facility, announces its annual Impossible Open on Sunday, June 21. This popular event is designed to mimic the same playing conditions U.S. Open golfers will experience on the same day.

“Look, this event isn’t for everyone,” warns John Carson, Hunter Ranch general manager. “But if you really want to test your golf skills, and experience U.S. Open conditions, we invite you to come out and play. Despite the despicable difficulty we devise, it’s still a lot of fun. It’s just not for wimps.”

The Hunter Ranch course will be set up to play as long as possible, with tee markers set back to the absolute “tips.” Holes on each green are positioned in their most difficult locations. And, the greens will roll at U.S. Open speed – 11 or 12 on the stimpmeter. Also, the rough will be as long and thick as possible, especially around the greens. Golfers’ physical and mental skills will be challenged.

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

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.

Spring is in Full Bloom in Yosemite/Mariposa County

Spring is in Full Bloom in Yosemite/Mariposa County

Mariposa, Calif. (March 06, 2015) – Yosemite/Mariposa County, home to Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove, is blooming for the springtime, and travelers are invited to witness the beauty. Experience Yosemite/Mariposa County as the waterfalls are flowing, the wildflowers are blossoming and the warm sun returns for outdoor adventures. While visiting, travelers can experience breathtaking adventure around every corner.

University of the Pacific program will help meet nationwide demand for data scientists

University of the Pacific program will help meet nationwide demand for data scientists

University of the Pacific this fall will begin showing working professionals not only how to crunch data, but how to use the information to help their organizations prosper.

Pacific’s School of Engineering and Computer Science is offering a new master of science degree in analytics, a high-paying field facing an acute shortage of professionals. The program will be based at the university’s new, state-of-the-art campus in San Francisco.

With courses such as Data Engineering, Machine Learning and Data Visualization, the program will combine rigorous academic training in analytics along with the practical experience of working on real-world case studies of issues facing industries today.

World Series trophy to tour Central Valley

World Series trophy to tour Central Valley

Central Valley residents wanting to get a first-hand look at the San Francisco Giants’ World Series trophy will have serval chances in February and March. The trophy will tour Northern California and southern Oregon, beginning Jan. 7 and running through April 13.

The trophy will visit San Joaquin county beginning at 5 p.m., Feb. 11 ... Read More