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Five Fresno streets to undergo lane closures
The city of Fresno on Thursday announced five separate lane closures that will go into effect at various times: Read comments
30 Oct 2014 at 9:16pm




Fresno County’s largest employee union rejects 5% raise
A raise negotiated by Fresno County supervisors for its largest union was rejected after voting came to a close Thursday afternoon. Read comments
30 Oct 2014 at 8:58pm



City of Visalia offering sandbags for first winter storm
The City of Visalia will offer a self-serve sandbag station Friday and Saturday at its Compressed Natural Gas Facility in anticipation of a weekend storm. Read comments
30 Oct 2014 at 7:45pm



Mural in Woodlake honors soldier who died in Iraq
A ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Woodlake City Hall to unveil a mural honoring Army Spc. Manuel Joaquin Holguin, who was killed by an explosion during a firefight in Iraq in 2006. Read comments
30 Oct 2014 at 7:41pm



Kaiser nurses in Fresno could strike to protest lack of Ebola training
Registered nurses at Kaiser Permanente Fresno and Kaiser hospitals elsewhere could walk out on a two-day strike next month to demand better Ebola protections and training, National Nurses United said Thursday. Read comments
30 Oct 2014 at 6:59pm



Fresno council approves infill housing project
A dirt lot, a parking garage, a big dream — leave it to the Fresno City Hall to find a common theme in it all. Read comments
30 Oct 2014 at 6:50pm



WWII veterans soar over Fresno
Harry Gillis thought it would be glamorous to be a soldier in the U.S. Army during World War II, but he was miserable serving on the ground. Read comments
30 Oct 2014 at 7:11pm



Valley’s stricter wood-burning rules start on stormy weekend
A dark and stormy weekend may ease any pain from San Joaquin Valley’s wood-burning rule — the toughest in California and maybe the whole country. Read comments
30 Oct 2014 at 7:16pm



Fresno workers evacuated after feeling ill
Workers were evacuated Thursday morning at waste and recycling company Republic Services, on the west side of Golden State Boulevard near Barstow Avenue, after five employees began to feel ill, saying they smelled a strange chemical odor, according to the Fresno Fire Depatment. Read comments
30 Oct 2014 at 5:22pm



Arson fire displaces 8 people in southeast Fresno
Eight people were displaced by an arson fire early Thursday in southeast Fresno. Read comments
30 Oct 2014 at 11:29am




Bakersfield.com


'First Look': First News for Oct. 31

Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories:

KERN FIRE CHIEF LIFTS ARVIN EVACUATION ORDER BUT RESIDENTS WARY: The more than seven-month-long mandatory evacuation of eight Arvin homes was lifted Thursday by Kern County Fire Chief Brian Marshall, who delivered letters to evacuees stating that "the explosive gas is no longer present." Some of the letters were left taped to the doors of apartments that evacuees have been forced to live in since March 18. The rescinded order will...


31 Oct 2014 at 7:46am



Kern fire chief lifts Arvin evacuation order but residents wary

The more than seven month long mandatory evacuation of eight Arvin homes was lifted Thursday by Kern County Fire Chief Brian Marshall, who delivered letters to evacuees stating that "the explosive gas is no longer present."

Some of the letters were left taped to the doors of apartments that evacuees have been forced to live in since March 18.


30 Oct 2014 at 10:29pm



PHOTO GALLERY: Even the Wienermobile celebrates Halloween

We spotted it. Well, who could really miss it? It's orange. It's yellow. And you can ride in it.

The ever colorful Oscar Mayer Wienermobile passed through downtown Bakersfield Thursday afternoon with a Halloween greeting on the side of the vehicle. You guessed it: "Happy Halloweenie!" And it had a pumpkin "face" and a spider web, too.


30 Oct 2014 at 8:59pm



Stephanie Campbell, longtime Bakersfield activist, dies at 61

Stephanie Campbell spent a lifetime trying to improve conditions in southeast Bakersfield, from keeping youth out of trouble to cleaning up neighborhoods.

The longtime Bakersfield activist died of cardiac arrest Oct. 25. She was 61.


30 Oct 2014 at 7:27pm



PHOTO GALLERY: Halloween collides with baseball in scrimmage

Who says you can't play baseball while wearing a Halloween costume?

Running "faster than a speeding bullet," Braxton "Superman" Argyle flew to second on a hit in the Taft College intrasquad scrimmage Thursday afternoon. Alfred" Hula Girl" Souza waited for a pitch. And Kendal "Woody" Daniels took a ball on a low and inside pitch.


30 Oct 2014 at 7:20pm



BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics & people

DEAN: There is a heated debate going on ­regarding how California’s public ­universities and community colleges can better prepare students by providing more creative, inexpensive and efficient degree offerings. And right in the middle of the debate is former state Sen. Dean Florez, who serves as president and CEO of the Michelson 20 Million Minds Foundation, which is devoted to transforming education in a major way.

I ran into Dean the o...


30 Oct 2014 at 7:08pm



Senior Center's free tai chi soothes souls

As a recording of a haunting violin played over the sound of ocean waves, Debra Dunn-Yonke turned gracefully and called out gentle commands.

"One beautiful, slow, smooth movement, breathing deeply," she said, arms outstretched as she turned her body to the right ever so slowly. "Focus on the shoulders. Now the opposite direction."


30 Oct 2014 at 6:51pm



Trade show to feature military memorabilia

Jeff Goines has seen it happen many times: A combat veteran touches a piece of military memorabilia -- maybe a weapon, a medal or a flag -- and he seems transported to another time.

These artifacts, large and small, "provide an avenue for people to connect to history," said Goines, a member of VFW Post 97's men's auxiliary.


30 Oct 2014 at 6:14pm



PHOTO GALLERY: Kids pick up treats from trunks

It's the season of candy, and the Halloween tradition continued Thursday with a twist — gathering the sweet stuff from the trunks of decorated vehicles.

The free "Trunk or Treat" event took place at the Boys & Girls Club Armstrong Youth Center on Niles Street.


30 Oct 2014 at 7:26pm



Piece of wood possible murder weapon in 3-year-old's death

A piece of wood has been identified as the possible murder weapon in the death of 3-year-old Serenity Gandara, court filings say.

That may have been the weapon used to end her life, but reports have indicated Serenity suffered numerous injuries over a long period of time before her July 2010 death. The suspects in her killing are her foster parents, Alberto and Carla Garcia, who are expected to be arraigned Monday on charges of murder and...


30 Oct 2014 at 5:43pm




Modesto Bee


Jeff Jardine: Will billboard heat up Riverbank cold case?

Tuesday?s mishmash begins with hopes that a billboard will help solve a 2010 hit-and-run case that left a 25-year-old woman dead east of Riverbank.

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27 Oct 2014 at 7:55pm
by jjardine@modbee.com (Jeff Jardine)



Joseph Kieta: Modbee.com gets a major upgrade

If you follow The Modesto Bee online, you’re in for a treat. Our digital home – modbee.com – this morning debuts a major upgrade.

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27 Oct 2014 at 10:56pm
by jkieta@modbee.com (Joseph Kieta)



Two arrested in Ceres drive-by shooting

Police arrested two men in connection with a drive by shooting Saturday that injured a man in downtown Ceres.

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28 Oct 2014 at 6:30am



Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department incidents for Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

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28 Oct 2014 at 6:05am



Modesto Police Department incidents for Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

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28 Oct 2014 at 6:03am



Ceres council splits police, fire departments

The Ceres City Council on Monday voted to dissolve the Department of Public Safety in favor of establishing separate police and fire departments.

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27 Oct 2014 at 9:44pm
by etracy@modbee.com (Erin Tracy)



Stanislaus County to focus attention on causes of social ills

Stanislaus County officials want to focus more attention on the causes for homelessness, crime and other social ills that have degraded the quality of life.

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27 Oct 2014 at 8:44pm
by kcarlson@modbee.com (Ken Carlson)



Stanislaus considers new rules for groundwater wells

A new Stanislaus County groundwater ordinance and possible well-drilling moratorium will be considered Wednesday.

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27 Oct 2014 at 8:28pm
by jnsbranti@modbee.com (J.N. Sbranti)



Defendant in fatal Modesto stabbing not a gang member, expert says

Gang membership was again the focus of testimony in a trial for three defendants accused of murder in a Modesto park stabbing. But this time the defense had its gang…

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27 Oct 2014 at 6:59pm
by rahumada@modbee.com (Rosalio Ahumada)



Valley tourism leaders share ideas at Modesto summit

About 100 people gathered in Modesto on Monday to talk about boosting tourism in the San Joaquin Valley.

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27 Oct 2014 at 7:12pm
by jholland@modbee.com (John Holland)




Recordnet Stockton Local News


Evening sessions to teach parents, staff about MUSD digital push
Manteca Unified School District is holding several sessions next week to help students and their families learn about its march into the digital age.The district is hosting a series of evenings of exploration, questions and answers, demonstrations and support.Experts from the field will be on hand to demonstrate the new 3E device, discuss the Microsoft Suite of products, and answer questions.Refreshments will be provided.There are several stations at each [...]
29 Oct 2014 at 7:04am
by The Record




Flu shot clinics serve dual purpose
STOCKTON — Free flu shots and a drill.The San Joaquin County Public Health Department got two birds with one stone on Tuesday — and it will continue today.In an effort to provide as many free flu shots to the community as possible and practice for an emergency, the health department ran three flu-shot clinics on Tuesday, in Stockton, Lodi and Thornton. Flu shots are vital, health officials say. The flu kills thousands each year and keeps tens of [...]
28 Oct 2014 at 12:31pm
by The Record



SJ County home prices rise
San Joaquin County home prices are up from a year ago even though the share of distressed housing sales is among the highest in the country, RealtyTrac Inc. reported Tuesday.It’s the result of solid demand and a short supply of available housing in San Joaquin County, known demographically as the Stockton metropolitan area, said Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac vice president.“This is pretty dramatic and somewhat surprising because other parts of California, namely [...]
28 Oct 2014 at 11:58am
by Reed Fujii Record Staff Writer



Quarantines called on citrus around Lodi, Manteca
Having found two Asian Citrus Psyllids, the California Department of Food and Agriculture on Monday called quarantines around Lodi and Manteca, banning the movement of citrus leaves or clippings.The psyllid is known to transmit "huanglongbing," a devastating disease of citrus trees transmitted to healthy trees from infected ones by the insect. The quarantine was ordered beginning Monday.The quarantine around Lodi encompasses 95 square miles, including all of the city and [...]
28 Oct 2014 at 11:16am
by The Record



Tracy hospital to host prostate cancer screening on Saturday
TRACY — Sutter Tracy Community Hospital will be hosting a prostate cancer screening free event for the public from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. SaturdayNo appointment is necessary and walk-ins are encouraged. The prostate screening will be held at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, outpatient surgery entrance on the corner of Bessie Avenue and Beverly Place, Tracy. Men must be 50 years of age or older. Men ages 40 and older are also able to receive the free screening if they are [...]
28 Oct 2014 at 7:29am
by The Record



Open house set for job skills charter school
MANTECA — Manteca Unified School District's be.tech Charter School will hold an event Thursday to celebrate the completion of its campus.There are three be.tech academies on the campus, located at the district office, 2271 W. Louise Ave. All have academic courses folded into their specialties: be.cuisine, which focuses on culinary arts; be.industrial, which focuses on industrial arts; and be.first, which focuses on first responders' instruction.Students earn high school [...]
27 Oct 2014 at 1:26pm
by The Record



Open casting call Wednesday in Lodi
For a long time, independent filmmaker Jason deParrie-Turner told his mother, Teran Turner, she needed to make a video commercial for her Memories for the Making scrapbooking shop in Lodi.“Yeah, I’ll get right on that,” Teran Turner would say.Her son, a 1987 graduate of Lincoln High School, will get on it Wednesday when he visits the store to film a commercial to be used on the store’s website and Facebook page.There’s an open cast call, [...]
27 Oct 2014 at 8:41am
by The Record



Galgiani hosts free workshop to help seniors avoid scams
MANTECA — A free seminar for seniors to help them avoid scams will be offered from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, Manteca.Sponsored by State Sen. Cathleen Galgiani and the California Contractors State License Board, the seminar is designed to present information on how seniors can protect themselves from fraud relating to home repair, insurance, health care, finance, identity theft and more.Light refreshments will be served. [...]
27 Oct 2014 at 7:13am
by The Record



Open house for campus offering studies in culinary, industrial, and first-res...
MANTECA — Manteca Unified School District's be.tech Charter School will hold a celebration on Thursday to celebrate the completion of its campus.There are three be.tech academies on the campus, located at the district office, 2271 W. Louise Ave. All have academic courses folded into their specialties: be.cuisine, which focuses on culinary arts; be.industrial, which focuses on industrial arts; and be.first, which focuses on first responders' instruction.Students earn [...]
27 Oct 2014 at 6:55am
by The Record



SJ County housing shows equity gains
More than one out of five San Joaquin County homeowners remain seriously underwater, owing 25 percent or more on their mortgage than their residence is worth, RealtyTrac said this week.Still, that’s much improved from a year ago when nearly one in three county residences with a mortgage were underwater.The Irvine-based real estate data firm said the latest figures put the county at 18th among the nation’s largest metro areas for the share of housing seriously [...]
24 Oct 2014 at 12:20pm
by The Record




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