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San Joaquin almond crop looks good

San Joaquin almond crop looks good

San Joaquin almond crop looks good
Western Farm Press
A PCA with Wilbur-Ellis at Hughson, Calif., Wagner works with almond growers in Stanislaus and Merced counties east of Highway 99, from Modesto to Merced. He also farms 5000 acres of almonds in this same area in partnership with two producers. ...

New farm water rules means more work

New farm water rules means more work

New farm water rules means more work
Enterprise-Record
MODESTO — A new era of regulations for farmers is about to begin, which means groundwater regulation, continued surface water rules and more paperwork. Growers in the Sacramento Valley will have new rules, ...

Earth Day in the Park Festival set for April 16

Earth Day in the Park Festival set for April 16

MODESTO - Modesto’s 22nd Annual Earth Day in the Park Festival is coming to Graceada Parkm (at Needham and Sycamore Avenues) on Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a theme of "What footprint? That’s Earth Day!" This free family event will offer a lot of information on reducing your carbon footprint, greening your lifestyle and your home, and save money!

One specific program you can learn about at Earth Day in the Park 2011 is the city’s F.O.G. program - fats, oils, grease. Clogs in our wastewater system can be prevented by reducing the amount of fats, oils and grease that go down the drain. Wastewater clogs are a serious problem that can lead to hazardous wastewater spills - when fats, oils and grease build up in sewer pipes, a clog is created and usually results in a backup and overflow of wastewater water.

Money available for electric mowers!

Money available for electric mowers!

New funding and a simplified, regional voucher request process will make clean, electric lawn mowers available to more Valley residents through the Clean, Green Yard Machine program beginning Monday, April 11.

“This is our most popular consumer program, and one that pays off in big clean-air dividends for everyone in the Valley,” said Seyed Sadredin, the District’s executive director and air pollution control officer.  “We’re very pleased to be able to offer this program again this year, and to more residents than ever.”

Local funding for this program was authorized by the District’s Governing Board in combination with a state grant for residents of the San Joaquin Valley.  Additionally, the District partnered with the Sierra Club and the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment in Kern County to provide additional vouchers for resident

Homeless cross homeowners in Modesto neighborhood

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The La Loma neighborhood can't find a balance between its homes and the homeless. On April 5, the Modesto City Council may consider the La Loma Neighborhood's appeal to block a new building permit for the Modesto Gospel Mission, a non-profit homeless rehab and recovery center. The Mission wants to build a 5,000 sqft. facility for a 12 month residential recovery program.

Since 1993, homeowners off Yosemite Boulevard have both applauded the Modesto Gospel Mission for its effectiveness in getting rehab and educational help for the homeless individuals who want it, and fought the Mission's policies and lack of control over the homeless who don't.

"We in La Loma love the Mission.

Slideshow: Tornado in the Maxwell area

Slideshow: Tornado in the Maxwell area

SACRAMENTO - A tornado formed near the Colusa County town of Maxwell Monday.

Check out the tornado photos sent in from viewers.

Air District accepting applications for diesel truck funds

Air District accepting applications for diesel truck funds

MODESTO - A new round of incentive funding to replace, repower and retrofit heavy-duty, diesel-powered trucks, reducing air pollution from freight movement through the Valley, is available.

More truck owners are now eligible for $60 million in additional Proposition 1B funding. The Valley Air District is holding free, regional workshops to assist owners in completing their applications. Spanish-language translators will also be available.

"There is a strong demand for help in reducing heavy-duty diesel truck emissions," said Samir Sheikh, director of the district’s Strategies and Incentives Program.

Diesel emissions are a significant factor in the Valley’s struggle to meet health-based, clean-air standards. The state’s two major goods-movement corridors - Highway 99 and Interstate 5 - bisect the air basin.

Initial funds were quickly exhausted, signaling a critical need for fresh funds by heavy-duty truck owners.