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First 2012 Detection of West Nile Virus in Stanislaus County

First 2012 Detection of West Nile Virus in Stanislaus County

Stanislaus County – Stanislaus County health officials announced that one dead bird found in Modesto tested
positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) which is the first detection of WNV activity in the county this year. As of May
31, 2012, WNV has been detected in 10 other California counties with the virus confirmed in 19 dead birds and six mosquito samples. It has not yet been detected in horses or humans.

According to officials from the East Side and Turlock Mosquito Abatement Districts, the reporting and testing of
dead birds is an important step in preventing West Nile Virus. A confirmed case of the virus in dead birds or
mosquito samples helps to identify areas that need treatment to reduce mosquito activity.


To report a dead bird, call the California State hotline at 1-877-WNV-BIRD or report it online at
www.westnile.ca.gov. Birds of particular interest to the State are crows, ravens, magpies, jays and raptors (hawk or eagle).

Supermoon in El Dorado County

SHINGLE SPRINGS, CA - This was shot in El Dorado County California at 8:15 p.m. 5.5.12 on the Ponderosa Road overcrossing at HWY 50 (near the recent meteor explosion and meteorite dusting back on April 22, 2012).

Hoped to get it coming up over the Sierra, but it was sneaky and came up further south and higher in the sky than I wanted it to be, but still pretty. Little instant tail gate party going on with all the area folks hanging out on the overcrossing waiting for it to show up.
 

 

New grant program targets small-business heavy-duty truck operators

New grant program targets small-business heavy-duty truck operators

 

     A new Air District grant program opens up grants for smaller heavy-duty truck businesses that may have not qualified for previous funding assistance. Applications will be taken beginning April 16.

     “This program addresses a significant number of trucking operations in the Valley that, because of their size, were unable to be funded through other programs. We are very pleased to offer this community much-needed assistance,” said Samir Sheikh, the Air District’s grants program director.

     Through the Heavy Duty Truck Voucher program, the District will contract with truck dealerships, which will offset the cost of new trucks to purchasers with the funding. Dealerships will assist applicants with the application process and all related requirements, including eligibility verification, truck inspections and submitting applications to the District.

$2 Million Available Funding to Make Cleaner Locomotives

$2 Million Available Funding to Make Cleaner Locomotives

The Valley Air District is seeking applications to repower line-haul, medium horsepower or switch locomotives with $2 million of available funding.  

“The District’s grants program is continually expanding to address industries that need funding assistance in order to reduce emissions and improve our air quality,” said Samir Sheikh, the District’s grant program director. “Railroads are one of those segments.”

Funds are provided through the Diesel Emission Reduction Act from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A typical older locomotive emits about seven tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx) per year. A new locomotive with the cleanest technology available can reduce those emissions by 91 percent.

Alternative Work Program Inmates Pick Up Trash along the Tuolumne River

Alternative Work Program Inmates Pick Up Trash along the Tuolumne River

Modesto, CA – Sheriff’s Office Deputies assigned to the Crime Reduction Team, Rural Crime Detectives, and Officers from Fish and Game conducted a clean-up project along the Tuolumne River this morning. Trash thrown along the river bed and into the water had accumulated to the point that it looked like a land fill.

The Crime Reduction Team put together a project to help clean-up the trash and help protect our rivers. Approximately 10 inmates currently assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Alternative Work Program were used to clean the trash and filled a large Bertolotti trash container with the garbage they picked up.

Inmates found grocery store carts, mattresses, trash and a syringe near the water during the clean-up.

Capitol Christmas Tree to make stops in Central Valley towns

Capitol Christmas Tree to make stops in Central Valley towns

 

Northern California will be center stage this Christmas when House Speaker John Boehner  lights the Capitol Christmas tree, which will come from the Stanislaus National Forest. This is the first time the “People’s Tree” will come from the Stanislaus National Forest and just the fourth time it will come from California.