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MAX promotes 'Dump the Pump' in Modesto

MAX promotes 'Dump the Pump' in Modesto

MODESTO - With the return of high gas prices, Modesto Area Express (MAX) announced today that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the sixth annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 16.  The slogan of this year’s National Dump the Pump Day is “Dump the Pump.  Save Money. Ride Transit.”

The 2011 National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation, instead of driving a car, and save money.

SJ River plan in peril

"Everyone that has the real interest at heart of securing water reliability to the region between Modesto and Bakersfield knows the pumps have to run," Nunes said. "(Federal law) needs to be reformed, and the San Joaquin River boondoggle needs to be ...

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2011 Waste Reductions Awards Program applications available

2011 Waste Reductions Awards Program applications available

MODESTO - Applications for the 2011 Waste Reduction Awards Program are being accepted now through June 22, 2011. California businesses and nonprofits are encouraged to showcase their voluntary waste reduction, recycling, and resource conservation efforts by applying for recognition in the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 2010 Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP).

The WRAP program was established in 1993 and honors California businesses and nonprofit organizations for demonstrating innovation and leadership in waste prevention, recycling and composting, procurement, and education within their business practices. K-12 private schools, and businesses and private nonprofit organizations with California facilities are eligible to apply. Local, State, and federal government entities - for example, city and county agencies, K-12 public schools, State Universities, and military establishments - are not eligible.

Applications available for Business Recycling Awards

Applications available for Business Recycling Awards

MODESTO - Each year the city honors businesses and organizations for their efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste products. Applications for the 2010 City of Modesto Business Recycling Awards are now available to any commerical business, organization or non-profit group located within the Modesto city limits.

Two winners will be chosen in each of the following categories:

  • Small business - under 20 employees
  • Medium business - 21-100 employees
  • Large business - over 100 employees

Honorees will be recognized at a special reception held in August/September. The 2009 winners included Modesto Junk Company, Center for Human Services, Save Mart Supermarkets, Home Depot, WalMart, Costco and the HFH ReStore as they collectively recycled 226,000 tons of materials in just one year!

Air report shows Valley cities at risk from pollution

Air report shows Valley cities at risk from pollution

Air report shows Valley cities at risk from pollution
Fresno Business Journal
On the other hand, Fresno and Bakersfield were identified among air pollution-challenged metropolitan areas with the most-improved ozone scores while Fresno, Visalia and Modesto made noted improvements in reducing particle pollution. ...

Wet spring further tightens alfalfa supplies

Wet spring further tightens alfalfa supplies
California Farm Bureau
Mich Etchebarne, an animal nutritionist in Modesto, said switching from one roughage source to another is more complex than one might think. "Sourcing various forages in production dairy cows appears simple, when in fact it is probably one of the most ...

Diesel truck incentive application deadline April 29

Diesel truck incentive application deadline April 29

Heavy-duty diesel truck owners have through April 29 to apply for new funding to replace, repower or retrofit their vehicles.

The new round of $60 million in state Proposition 1B funding opened in March. The program has been expanded to include Class 7 as well as Class 8 vehicles. Eligible truck owners can receive up to $60,000 to upgrade their heavy-duty diesel trucks.

"This funding is sorely needed in the Valley and we are delighted to be able to offer this program to more truck owners than ever," said Samir Sheikh, the district’s director of Strategies and Incentives.

Diesel emissions are a significant factor in the Valley’s struggle to meet health-based, clean-air standards.