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Free emissions tests available at 'Tune In & Tune Up' event April 9

Free emissions tests available at 'Tune In & Tune Up' event April 9

MODESTO - Valley Air District and Valley CAN will host a "Tune In & Tune Up" event on Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Modesto Junior's West Campus, located at 2201 Blue Gum Avenue.

The free event will provide Modesto-area drivers who have a 1995 model vehicle or older, and who have owned the car for at least six months, a free vehicle emissions test. If the vehicle doesn't pass the test, but can be repaired, the driver will receive a voucher for up to $500 in emission-related repairs at a local Gold Shield certified smog check station.

A maximum of 525 vehicles will be tested on a first come, first serve basis. Free food and drinks will be available starting at 10 a.m.

More than 2,000 cars have been repaired to state smog standards by Valley Clean Air Now’s Tune In & Tune Up program since 2003. Tune In & Tune Up has been shown to be among the most cost-effective methods to reduce vehicle emissions attempted to date in California.

CarMax hiring positions in Modesto

CarMax hiring positions in Modesto

MODESTO - CarMax, Inc., the nation's largest retailer of used cars, is currently recruiting for more than 75 store positions for their Modesto and Fresno locations. The positions are in service operations, which include reconditioning associates and experienced technicians. Full and part-time permanent positions are available, as well as evening shifts.

“As we prepare for the busy spring and summer car buying season, we have an opportunity for increased staffing,” said Tom Folliard, president and CEO of CarMax. “Our excellent career opportunities combined with training, development and a unique company culture is what makes CarMax a great place to work year after year.”

CarMax is one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the seventh consecutive year.

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.

Modesto police to perform DUI patrols March 4

Modesto police to perform DUI patrols March 4

MODESTO - Modesto Police Department will conduct a "Zero Tolerance" DUI Saturation Patrol on March 4, targeting those who still don’t heed the message to designate a sober driver before their celebrations begin. Officers will be deploying to stop and arrest impaired drivers in the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.

Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed eight lives and resulted in 217 injury crashes harming 323 of our friends and neighbors in Modesto.

Statewide, overall traffic deaths declined by 23 percent, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009. Total traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades. DUI deaths declined by 16 percent from 1,132 in 2007 to 950 in 2009.

Construction on Virginia Corridor Trail begins today

Construction on Virginia Corridor Trail begins today
MODESTO - Construction work begins Thursday on the next phase of the Virginia Corridor Trail, from Granger to Bowen Avenues, including work on a pedestrian and bicycle overcrossing at Briggsmore Avenue.

Teichert Construction will begin the demolition of the concrete culvert in the median of Briggsmore Avenue in preparation to construct the footings for the overcrossing. There will be equipment entering and exiting the median during the next few days. Drivers in the area should expect traffic delays.

Demolition and construction should be completed by the end of February. City officials don't think closing the traffic lanes will be necessary but the contractor on scene will monitor how construction is impacting traffic.

The Virginia Corridor Trail is a "Rails-to-Trails' conversion project along the former Tidewater/Union Pacific line that extends from Needham Avenue to Bangs Avenue.

Modesto road construction begins Jan. 18

MODESTO - Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18, motorists can expect multiple lane closures in both directions on Oakdale Road between Floyd Avenue and Manor Oak Drive. Road work is expected to be done by Friday, Jan. 21.

Traffic will be maintained, but commuters should travel slow through the work zone and expect travel delays.

City officials advise using alternative routes when possible.