Many families spend winter figuring out how to chase away cabin fever and endure frigid temperatures until spring and summer mercifully return. Parents thinking ahead to swimming pools and days lounging on the beach can put their daydreams to practical use by planning ahead for their youngsters' summer vacations.
As soon as the first morning frost appears and the first snowflakes start to pile up, many begin looking forward to spring. Images of green leaves, red and orange blossoms, fresh vegetables and herbs help keep the cold winter days manageable as you wait for the ground to thaw so you can start planting. A good green thumb knows early starts in the garden or yard ensure lush, healthy plants, especially if you're planting trees.
The California economy will maintain steady growth according to the latest projection from the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific. California is experiencing substantially faster job growth than the rest of the U.S., and the State's economy is expected to maintain steady 3 percent growth for the next several years even as the pace of job growth slows from 3 percent to a still solid 2 percent in 2016. After 2016, job growth is forecast to remain positive but slowly decelerate towards 1 percent as the unemployment rate stabilizes around a 5 ...
With massive tree mortality across California, CAL FIRE announced Monday it has awarded 19 State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund grants in six counties that have been greatly affected by tree mortality. Over $1.7 million was approved for local projects focused on the removal of dead and dying trees in order to reduce the wildfire threat around homes within the counties of Fresno, Kern, Madera, Mariposa, Tulare and Tuolumne.
Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 10.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.26/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $1.80/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
California is excited to welcome Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and Antique Archeology to the area. The team will film episodes of their hit series American Pickers throughout California, including the Central Valley region. Filming is scheduled for early March.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the renewal of the USDA Agricultural Air Quality Task Force and the selection of its members for the 2016-2018 term on Monday, Feb. 1. The task force is composed of representatives from agriculture, industry, academia, government agencies, non-governmental organizations and other agricultural and environmental experts.
Oak Valley Community Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ: OVLY), announced that Jim Nemmers has joined the Bank as Senior Vice President, Agricultural Loans. He will be based out of the 12th and I branch in downtown Modesto.
During American Heart Month in February, Doctors Medical Center of Modesto, Emanuel Medical Center and Doctors Hospital of Manteca will join with the American Heart Association in a comprehensive month-long campaign designed to educate the community about cardiovascular disease, including a free online risk assessment.
A leading international expert in groundwater research, Dr. Ty Ferré of the University of Arizona, will be a featured speaker at Columbia College on Thursday, Feb. 11, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Dogwood Forum.
The annual Distinguished Young Women of Oakdale program will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at Magnolia School Auditorium. Soroptimist International of Oakdale has sponsored the program, formerly known as Junior Miss, for the past 28 years. Distinguished Young Women is a national scholarship program which recognizes, rewards, and encourages excellence in young women. The program's mission is to positively impact the lives of young women by providing a transformative experience that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership, and individual talents. Oakdale High School senior Amy Craig currently holds the title of Oakdale's Distinguished Young ...
Due to the threat posed by the Asian citrus psyllid and Huanglongbing, the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program urges citrus tree owners to obey pest and disease quarantines, and take extra caution when gifting citrus fruit from backyard trees.