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Wells Fargo donates nearly $2.5M to Central Valley nonprofits

In 2017, Wells Fargo donated more than $2.4 million to 161 nonprofits from Amador County down to Kern County and all throughout the Central Valley, the company announced.

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Growers turning more to innovative ag techniques for sustainability

Chris Locke, a walnut grower in Lockeford, has installed several solar arrays on his 600-acre operation.

While the end result of growing crops in the Central Valley is still the same, the way those crops are grown has undergone dramatic changes in the last few years.

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Pending bills would impose requirements on state employers

The California Legislature is back in session, and once again several bills would impact workplaces in the Central Valley, imposing new restrictions and regulations on the operation of businesses. Four of these bills are summarized below. As always, this column does not substitute for the advice of legal counsel.

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IRS’ “Dirty Dozen” and what to watch out for this year

Each year the Internal Revenue Service releases a list of 12 common scams that the IRS is on the lookout for in the coming year.

The list includes some items that aim to take advantage of the public at large (i.e. phone scams, identity theft) and for which the IRS is warning the public and those scams that are designed to harm the IRS (i.e., padding deductions, falsifying income) which the IRS warns taxpayers to avoid. This year’s “Dirty Dozen” includes:

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Shakespeare comes to the Miracle Mile

Romy Evans plays Robin “Puck” Goodfellow in Showbiz Theatre Company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Shredding sheds light on identity theft prevention tactics

 

Identity theft, it seems, is becoming more and more common with the use of online applications. But hardcopy documents are still a go-to for identity thieves.

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Valley Children’s named top place to work

Valley Children’s Healthcare, with locations throughout the Central Valley, has been named by Becker’s Healthcare as one of the country’s 150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare for 2018. The list recognizes organizations that promote diversity within the workforce, employee engagement and professional growth.

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UOP record label releases benefit album for victims of fire

On April 13, Pac Ave Records, the student-run record label at University of the Pacific, will release an album benefitting victims of the October fires in Sonoma County.

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Delta College to pay off bond in ahead of schedule

San Joaquin Delta College

In an agreement made earlier in the year, San Joaquin Delta College has arranged to pay off its last installment of Measure L bond money in less than half the time originally allotted.

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Barbershops continuing tradition of classic cuts

Curtis Howard, center, and Brian Coughlin, center, catch up with clients while cutting their hair at Howard’s Barbershop in Lodi.

LODI—It’s not Floyd’s place, but Howard’s Barbershop sure does feel like it could fit right in on “The Andy Griffith Show,” that classic TV series that takes place in small-town Mayberry.

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