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The sun has always been necessary to grow crops, but now many farmers are using the sun’s energy for other parts of their businesses. More farmers in the Central Valley are turning to solar power because technology has made it increasingly affordable.

“Business is good and we’ve had growth over the last four years,” said Chad Cummings, manager of marketing and analytics for JKB Energy in Turlock, which is heavily involved with providing solar power to the agriculture market. “Solar panels are less expensive than power company electricity for running irrigation pumps, processing operations, and packing sheds.”


The Stockton Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/drivers license checkpoint on Saturday, May 11 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between  6 p.m. and 2 a.m. DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.

Officers will contact drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 27 lives and resulted in 292 injury crashes harming 410 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Walt Vancil.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

“Deaths from drunk and drug-impaired driving are going down in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). “But that still means that hundreds of our friends, family and co-workers are killed each year, along with tens of thousands who are seriously injured. We must all continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies. If you see a Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.”

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Stockton Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, targeting those who still don’t heed the message to designate a sober driver.

Mother’s Day officially may be celebrated on May 12, but area businesses are trying to make moms happy every day of the year by offering options that make it easier for them to shop.

That’s because marketing to moms can really pay off. According to the Marketing to Moms Coalition’s 2011 State of the American Mom Report, moms represent a $2.4 trillion market. Targeting moms isn’t a new trend, said Carrie Cardoza Bordona, president of Cardoza & Associates marketing firm in Modesto.


Federal agriculture officials predict the 2013 California almond crop will produce 2 billion pounds.

The subjective production forecast is 6 percent higher than 2012’s production.  If the forecast is realized it will be the third billion-pound crop in a row.


Wednesday, 08 May 2013 12:32

Boys and Girls Club coming to Modesto

A group of prominent Modesto leaders is poised to launch its solution to crime and gangs in Stanislaus County. Thanks to these community advocates, come August, Modesto will no longer be one of the most populous cities in the country without a Boys and Girls Club.

“This really kind of began in a think tank at the Modesto Chamber of Commerce,” said David Gianelli of the Modesto law firm Gianelli and Associates. “We were talking about Modesto’s image and what Modesto needed. We kept discussing the crime, the gang issues, all of the negatives and what we can do about it. The solutions kept coming back to youth.”


STOCKTON – The city of Stockton will host a series of town hall meetings to discuss its Marshall Plan on Crime. They will be held in each of the six Council districts beginning May 16.  The councilmembers, city manager and chief of police will present at each meeting. An update on the city’s bankruptcy will also be provided.

The Marshall Plan town hall meetings will be an opportunity for citizens to ask questions and share ideas.  Once community input is received, the City Council will review a specific proposal to fund the plan.


Wednesday, 08 May 2013 12:23

Visit Lodi! unveils new logo

LODI – Visit Lodi! has rebranded and unveiled its new logo today at its annual tourism luncheon.

The new brand is “Lodi, behind the wine,” which is meant to send the message that a visit to Lodi doesn’t end with a visit to the area’s wineries but includes other family and recreational activities.

The organization’s new logo features a wine glass with “Lodi” behind it.


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IRVINE – Home prices in the United States in March saw their biggest year over year increase since March 2006, according to residential property information and analytics provider, CoreLogic. Prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased 10.5 percent in March of this year compared to March 2012.

"For the first time since March 2006, both the overall index and the index that excludes distressed sales are above 10 percent year over year," said Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic. "The pace of appreciation has been accelerating throughout 2012 and so far in 2013 leading into the home buying season."

The increase was much greater in the Central Valley. In Modesto, home prices, including distressed sales, increased by 17.3 percent in March 2013 compared to March 2012. On a month over month basis, home prices, including distressed sales, increased by 3.1 percent in March 2013 compared to February 2013. In Stockton, home prices, including distressed sales, increased by 15.1 percent in March 2013 compared to March 2012. On a month-over-month basis, home prices increased by 3.2 percent in March 2013 compared to February 2013.


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Wednesday, 08 May 2013 02:52

Large Meth Discovery In Raid


CERES - Agents with the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency, Modesto Narcotics Enforcement Team, and Homeland Security served a warrant on a Ceres home that yielded nearly 300 pounds of methamphetamine.

Officials acted on a tip and raided the home on the 2100 block of Hardy Court in Ceres yesterday and found 290 pounds of meth in storage container bins along with $66,000 in cash. Agents say it is the largest find in the area in 40 years.

Arrested near the home were 32 year old Luis Bartolo Madrid Sandoval from Everett Washington, and 23 year old Victor Ramiro Torres from Ceres. Both face felony charges of possession and transportation of meth.