WILLIAM ALVIS HIX
BONITA JO KOCH
U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) introduced a bill to clear a key bureaucratic hurdle for veterans across the country by ensuring access to electronic DD-214s at Vet Centers.
At its Thursday, Jan. 22 meeting, the California Transportation Commission unanimously approved the appointments of Lucy Dunn as the Chair and Robert Alvarado as the Vice Chair, effective March 1, 2015. Ms. Dunn and Mr. Alvarado will serve in their respective positions for one year.
A year from now, if all goes as planned, some 3,250 acres within the Oakdale Irrigation District will use water much more efficiently.
Local police report that residents are continuing to receive scam phone calls from people demanding money or a refund in order to trick victims into sharing private information. Some of the callers have been able to alter a telephone's caller ID to make it appear that the call is coming from the Internal Revenue Service.
Motorists trying to turn in to the East F Street McDonald's in Oakdale to get their French fry or Big Mac fix will have to wait a while to place that order.
The Oakdale Cowboy Museum is once again planning to present scholarships to deserving High School seniors in the Central Valley region. One of these scholarships will go a graduating senior whose family is a member of the Oakdale Cowboy Museum.
Get your "Two Tickets to Paradise" when rock and roll icon, Eddie Money, performs at the Stanislaus County Fair this summer.
It was birthday time in Valley Home as Garret Lee celebrated his big day! Garret and his friends and family enjoyed an afternoon of indoor swimming at Modesto Aquatics this past Saturday. The seventh grader and his guests were treated to pizza following their afternoon in the heated pool. It was a wonderful birthday and we wish Garret many happy returns of his special day!
A lot of people that I've been talking to are concerned about the lack of rain we've had so far this season. Through writing this column, I've learned that there's a definite pattern in the weather from year to year. It seems like every fourth year we have a similar dry spell and then all of a sudden, we are hit by a series of big storms that just about make up for all the lack of rain. Seven years ago the Delta along with other surrounding waterways had to be shut down as they were ...
TONI MARIE MUNIAIN
PETER DOMINIC ROSSI
The California State Legislature has declared the week of April 19 as "West Nile Virus and Mosquito and Vector Control Awareness Week." Stanislaus County health officials have announced mosquito surveillance and control activities have been initiated by Eastside Mosquito Abatement District and Turlock Mosquito Abatement District. Residents are urged to play their part by eliminating standing water on their property and informing their local mosquito abatement district if they are being bitten by mosquitoes. West Nile virus has already been detected within California this year, most notably in neighboring Alameda and Santa Clara counties, along with Los Angeles County.
The 16th annual NHRA Summit Nationals featured several upsets and close racing in all three of the professional categories.
Homemade pie, delicious ice cream and a heartwarming silent cowboy movie will welcome everyone this Saturday, April 25th at St John's/St Luke's Church. The fun will begin at 2:00 p.m. and is an ongoing fundraiser for the "church well fund." We hope everyone will attend and enjoy this very special day! St John's/St Luke's church is located at 4606 Michigan Avenue in Valley Home. All are welcome, your presence would be very much appreciated.
Knights Ferry School went to Gratton School for a Spelling Bee. Those attending were: 2nd grade-Lily Sturtevant and Jenna O'Neil, 3rd grade-Trent Esteves, Carson Sundberg and Gracie Anderson, 4th grade-River McCarthy, Mason O'Neil and Grace Harden, 5th grade-Luke Dickens, Dakota Voortman and Hayden Cassaretto, 6th grade-Dean Dodge, Olivia Doshas and Jude Krick, 7th grade-Braden Sousa and Matthew Wolf, 8th grade-Tyden Baker, Wyatt Dickens and Dayne Sturtevant. Congratulations go out to River McCarthy on placing third!
A girl, Paisley Bernice Perruquet, was born Jan. 1, 2015 to expectant parents Jason Perruquet and Jennifer Pritchard of Escalon. The newborn weighed seven pounds, 11½ ounces upon arrival at Doctor's Hospital in Modesto.
ALICE CATHERINE MICHELTORENA
BRANDY RAE HENDERSON
FRANCIS THEODORE 'TED' HEURING
KATHRYN "KAY" RUTH MURPHY
BETTY ANNETTA OLSEN MENDENHALL
Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 3.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.92/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 6.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.45/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
The colorful costumes, the music, and the skillful acrobatics made the journey to Varekai a very unique and entertaining experience. The final act of twists, turns, and high flying action sure pleased the audience whom applauded continuously.The show will continue through Sunday, April 19 at the Stockton Arena, 248 West Fremont Street and tickets are still available. For more information visit www.stocktonlive.com.
U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) this week cast his vote in support of the State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act of 2015 and the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015. Both these pieces of legislation aim to reduce the tax burden on American families and small businesses by eliminating unnecessary taxes and simplifying our existing tax code.
Although school was out for Spring Break, the diamond boys were hard at it this past week with tournament play. League play will resume this week for all three levels of play. Shown is a quick glance at how the teams fared over the vacation week.