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Fresno Bee


Fresno nonprofit rallies to help small African country with Fresno State link
A small country in West Africa now governed by a Fresno State graduate will get some help from Fresno next month. Read comments
27 Sep 2014 at 8:00pm




Stalled big-rig blocks northbound traffic on Highway 41 near Madera turnoff
A stalled big rig has brought northbound traffic to a standstill on Highway 41 near the Highway 145 turnoff to Madera on Saturday night. Read comments
27 Sep 2014 at 7:38pm



Flu shots in Kings County begin Wednesday
Flu vaccinations will be offered by the Kings County Department of Public Health starting Wednesday. Read comments
27 Sep 2014 at 7:19pm



Fresno Fair changes livestock rules for drought
The Big Fresno Fair is mindful of the drought that continues to grip California, laying waste to farms and suburban lawns alike, and is taking water-saving actions. Read comments
27 Sep 2014 at 5:17pm



General plan review set for Fresno County supervisors
Proposed changes to Fresno County's general plan policies would add new concepts, such as plans for promoting healthy communities, and revise older proposals designed to generate traveler-oriented development along Interstate 5. Read comments
27 Sep 2014 at 4:49pm



Roadwork closes sections of highways 99, 180 in Fresno, Tulare counties
Sections of highways 99 and 180 in Fresno County will close next week for construction, while another area of Highway 99 in Tulare County will have evening lane closures. Read comments
27 Sep 2014 at 2:28pm



Fresno Fire: 'Dazed' man sets backyard bonfire that torches his home
A Fresno man who appeared "dazed" accidentally set his house on fire around noon Saturday when hot embers from a backyard bonfire floated onto the roof, said Fresno Fire Battalion Chief Tony Escobedo. Read comments
27 Sep 2014 at 1:58pm



Clovis police investigate 'bizarre' theft, shooting, wreck
A man shot early Saturday morning in Clovis sped away and crashed into a Clovis apartment -- the last leg of a bizarre string of events that police said started with a theft. Read comments
27 Sep 2014 at 12:42pm



Man, 22, killed in downtown Fresno crash
A 22-year-old Fresno man was killed early Saturday in a single-vehicle accident in downtown Fresno, the California Highway Patrol said. Read comments
27 Sep 2014 at 12:28pm



Motorcyclist run over in 4-vehicle Fresno crash
A motorcyclist was run over in a four-vehicle pileup Saturday morning in northwest Fresno, said Fresno police Sgt. Clayton Smith. Read comments
27 Sep 2014 at 12:22pm




Bakersfield.com


Gas leak could cost Arvin, county $10M from more than 400 legal claims

Arvin residents filed 416 legal complaints against Kern County and the City of Arvin earlier this month seeking more than $10 million in damages in the wake of a March pipeline gas leak.

Half of the claims -- 208 -- are against the county. They include personal injury, property damage, wrongful death and emotional distress, alleging the county failed to properly and safely regulate Petro Capital Resources LLC's pipeline, operations and re...


29 Sep 2014 at 8:29pm



Gov approves 4-year degrees at CA community colleges

Claudia Morales, a first-year Bakersfield College student, not only wants to earn a two-year certification to design buildings.

The 24-year-old also wants to get a bachelor's degree in industrial architecture at BC -- an impossible dream today.


29 Sep 2014 at 8:29pm



Public funeral for former chief Matlock set for Thursday

A public funeral will be held Thursday for former Bakersfield police chief Eric Matlock, who died of cancer last Thursday at age 65.

The funeral, being coordinated by the police department, will be held at 1 p.m. at the Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary chapel. Matlock will receive full honors including a color guard, flag folding, 21-gun salute and the playing of taps.


29 Sep 2014 at 5:39pm



CHP: Investigation into deputy-involved crash that killed woman could take mo...

Authorities say it could take two months or more to complete the investigation into Sunday morning's crash involving a Kern County sheriff's deputy that resulted in the death of a 72-year-old Bakersfield woman.

The California Highway Patrol's Fresno-based Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team is assisting Bakersfield CHP investigators in determining what happened in the 1:45 a.m. collision at the intersection of North Chester Aven...


29 Sep 2014 at 6:03pm



Funeral services for Sept. 30, 2014

Services scheduled

Francisca S. Rodriguez, 91, Bakersfield, Sept. 24. Graveside service 9 a.m. Oct. 1, Hillcrest Memorial Park. Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary.


29 Sep 2014 at 4:31pm



Skateland closed after 59 years

Bakersfield lost a local institution Sunday when Skateland roller rink closed after nearly six decades in business.

Owners Natalie Dunn Fries, 57, and Leslie Dunn-Meyers, 50, are in the process of selling the family-owned skating rink to a buyer who plans to convert it to a warehouse.


29 Sep 2014 at 5:03pm



Buckley Broadcasting says sale of Bakersfield stations 'rumors'

The president of Buckley Broadcasting, owner of four Bakersfield radio stations, said Monday there was "nothing definitive" pending with the sale of any of its stations.

Joe Bilotta, president of the Hartford, Conn.-based company, said any talk of selling Bakersfield's KNZR-AM and FM, KKBB-FM and KLLY-FM were "rumors."


29 Sep 2014 at 3:01pm



Julie Farmer sentenced to 3 years in prison, fined $2.9 million

FRESNO — Julie Dianne Farmer, the only defendant to go to trial in the Crisp & Cole mortgage fraud case, was sentenced Monday to three years in prison — 14 less than prosecutors had sought in what a federal judge called an emotional “nightmare” of a case.

Found guilty in April of five felony counts including conspiracy to commit mail, wire and bank fraud, Farmer, 46, faced a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.


29 Sep 2014 at 7:11pm



Election notebook: 'Tumbleweeds' quip used in anti-Chavez mailer; Chavez hits...

Luis Chavez is a Fresno Democrat hoping to oust incumbent Hanford Republican Andy Vidak in the 14th Senate District.

State Sen. Kevin de Leon is a Los Angeles Democrat, is the incoming president pro tem of the body, and a Chavez supporter.


29 Sep 2014 at 4:59pm



RUSS ALLRED: Shining light on road from owner operator to IPO

Solar is hot, both literally and financially. Scores of new companies are springing up across the southern US to jump on the public's perception of clean, affordable energy. Each one has a different value proposition: some sell the system, others lease it and still others retain ownership and require the consumer to purchase all the energy the panels on their house can produce.

Some companies manufacture cosmetic replacements for roof til...


29 Sep 2014 at 12:45pm




Modesto Bee


Riverbank man faces misdemeanor charge after pellet gun brandished at children

The man accused of brandishing a pellet gun at students, triggering a lockdown at a Riverbank school last week, is facing a misdemeanor charge.

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29 Sep 2014 at 8:28pm
by kcarlson@modbee.com (Ken Carlson)



Modesto City Schools board hears pros, cons of Waldorf-based charter

Controversy surfaced at a Modesto City Schools public hearing on authorizing a Waldorf-based charter school, a system used for years in private schools that infuses the arts and nature in…

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29 Sep 2014 at 10:09pm
by naustin@modbee.com (Nan Austin)



Fundraisers set for family that lost father, son to drowning

Family members have set up a fund to pay for burial and other expenses after a father and son, from Turlock and Merced, drowned at Ocean Beach last week.

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29 Sep 2014 at 3:15pm
by pguerra@modbee.com (Patty Guerra)



Peace activist passes through Modesto on walk across nation

Retired ballroom instructor Luke Wonderly walked into Modesto on Monday afternoon, visiting one of hundreds of cities he will see during a 31/2-year peace walk, which began in April in…

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29 Sep 2014 at 8:16pm



Jeff Jardine: Modesto man rekindles piece of firefighting history

A 1919 Seagrave engine that was the second gas-powered firefighting vehicle owned by the city of Modesto is once again a thing of beauty, thanks to the talent, dedication and…

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29 Sep 2014 at 8:10pm
by jjardine@modbee.com (Jeff Jardine)



Stanislaus County answers Modesto mayor’s offer for Wood Colony pledge

Modesto Mayor Garrad Marsh said about a week ago that Modesto would stay out of the farming community of Wood Colony if Stanislaus County would do the same. County CEO…

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29 Sep 2014 at 7:37pm
by kvaline@modbee.com (Kevin Valine)



Modesto man gets nearly 2 years in prison for mortgage scam

A Modesto man was sentenced Monday to one year 10 months in federal prison for his role in a foreclosure rescue scam that bilked nearly $5million from more than 1,000…

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29 Sep 2014 at 3:23pm



Zombies attack Oakdale train, on cue

The lurching gait, an unfocused glare out of black-rimmed eyes, growls from behind bared teeth ? the zombie advanced, the undead unleashed among the living. This was the thrill riders…

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29 Sep 2014 at 4:27pm
by naustin@modbee.com (Nan Austin)



Mother who drowned daughter in Patterson ordered to return to custody

A state appellate court has overturned a local judge?s ruling in the case of a woman who drowned her 3-year-old daughter in a bathtub at a Patterson home.

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29 Sep 2014 at 4:06pm
by rahumada@modbee.com (Rosalio Ahumada)



Highway 99 closing for a few hours in coming nights

Traffic, already tricky near Salida thanks to road work, is about to get even more challenging. Highway 99 will close late Tuesday and Wednesday nights, for a few hours each…

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29 Sep 2014 at 4:43pm
by gstapley@modbee.com (Garth Stapley)




Recordnet Stockton Local News


TEC Equipment plans truck service, sales center in Lathrop
TEC Equipment Inc., a Portland, Ore.-based truck sales and service company announced it is building its newest full-service location in Lathrop, planning a 25-acre facility that will employ about 50 people.“We’re really excited about being down there,” said David Thompson, TEC Equipment president and founder.The truck tractor and semi-trailer dealer is renovating the former Anderson Truss facility at 2050 E. Louise Ave.Thompson said during a [...]
29 Sep 2014 at 5:00pm
by Reed Fujii Record Staff Writer




Turkey, Lodi's unofficial mascot, struck and killed
LODI — Tom Kettleman, a turkey that frequented the intersection of Kettleman Lane and Lower Sacramento Road in Lodi, was struck and killed by a vehicle Sunday afternoon.The famous bird, which had a Facebook following and T-shirts made in his honor, was thought to be less than a year old.While some Lodi residents worried that he posed a traffic hazard, others thought he was a pleasant distraction in an otherwise harsh world.“I’m kinda sad. It was a [...]
29 Sep 2014 at 1:00pm
by Jo Ann Kirby Record Staff Writer



Mountain House offers computer classes
MOUNTAIN HOUSE — The Mountain House Branch Library will offer free computer classes for users who need to learn basic computer skills and become familiar with computer terminologies and applications.Scheduled classes are:Oct. 6 – Beginning Microsoft Excel 2010, 6-7 p.m.Oct. 7 – Beginning Microsoft Word 2010, 4:30-5:30 p.m.Oct. 14 – Beginning PowerPoint 2010, 4:30-5:30 p.m.Oct. 15 – Downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks [...]
29 Sep 2014 at 7:14am
by The Record



E-waste recycling event scheduled in Tracy
TRACY — A free electronic waste recycling event is planned for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Public Works, Boyd Service Center, 520 Tracy Boulevard, Gate No. 1.Among the items that will be accepted are electronics such as TVs, monitors, computers, printers, cellphones and small countertop microwaves; up to fluorescent bulbs per household or business; household batteries; mercury items, such as old thermometers and thermostats; cardboard; clean, white No. 6 polystyrene [...]
29 Sep 2014 at 6:15am
by The Record



Manteca Unified on curriculum's cutting edge
MANTECA — Fast becoming one of the most tech-savvy districts in the state, Manteca Unified moved ahead this month on a plan to equip every one of its students in January with a tablet-style laptop as it moves into the second phase of its $30 million digital push.Teachers have already been training for the past several months on their own devices, Microsoft Surface Pro 2 tablets that allow them to do everything from checking what students are doing to mirror-casting [...]
28 Sep 2014 at 12:30pm
by Elizabeth Roberts Record Staff Writer



English proficiency low in San Joaquin County
STOCKTON — Four Valley metropolitan areas, including San Joaquin County, rank among the top nine in the U.S. for the number of working-age residents who lack proficiency in English, according to a Brookings Institution report released Wednesday.Nearly two in 10 San Joaquin residents from age 16 to 64 have limited English skills — more than twice the national average — which ranks the county eighth out of the [...]
27 Sep 2014 at 12:37pm
by Ryan Jones Record Staff Writer



Workers sue, allege sexual harassment was allowed
STOCKTON — Two employees filed a lawsuit against San Joaquin County, claiming they were sexually harassed by a fellow employee and were retaliated against when they came forward with their complaints.The suit claims the county knew there had been a previous complaint against a former employee, a male substance-abuse counselor, accused by two female colleagues of making sexual comments and engaging in other inappropriate behavior, such as simulating having sex with a filing [...]
26 Sep 2014 at 2:25pm
by Zachary K. Johnson Record Staff Writer



Woman slain; police suspect domestic violence
LODI — Investigators spent hours analyzing evidence at a bloody crime scene after a woman was fatally wounded in an apparent case of domestic violence Friday morning, Lodi authorities said.The deadly attack occurred at Central Avenue and East Vine Street, about a half-mile north of Highway 12 and west of Highway 99, police said. A passerby called police at 5:47 a.m. after he was waved down by a woman bleeding from her upper body, said Cpl. Eric Bradley, a spokesman for the [...]
26 Sep 2014 at 1:12pm
by Jason Anderson Record Staff Writer



Dozens suggest ways to spend Lodi recreation budget
LODI — Dozens of residents had their first chance Wednesday night to influence the city’s plan for recreation and arts spending at a workshop at Hutchins Street Square.About three dozen people attended the public forum, which followed an invitation-only session of focus groups of about 45 business leaders and community members, said Jeff Hood, the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department director. [...]
25 Sep 2014 at 2:42pm
by Ryan Jones Record Staff Writer



Bikefest Saturday to benefit Emergency Food Bank
STOCKTON — The San Joaquin Bike Fest is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at UOP. There are several routes suitable for every level.Proceeds benefit the Emergency Food Bank of San Joaquin and educational programs of the San Joaquin Bicycle Coalition.All scenic (and untimed) routes begin and end at the DeRosa Center at UOP, 901 President's Drive, Stockton.Music, food and a beer garden begin at 11 a.m., and people are free to stay until 2 p.m.To [...]
25 Sep 2014 at 7:42am
by The Record




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