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Valley air quality could be reclassified from ‘serious’ to ‘extreme’

On Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed to grant the state of California's request to reclassify four areas due to the 1997 8-hour ozone air quality standard. The San Joaquin Valley area will be reclassified from serious to extreme; the South Coast area from severe to extreme; and both Coachella Valley and Sacramento Metro areas from serious to severe. Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA is required to grant a state's request to reclassify an ozone nonattainment area.

August 21, 2009 | Turlock Journal Staff Reports | Neighbor News


State to pay IOUs earlier than expected

Recipients of State-issued IOUs will be able to redeem them starting Sept. 4, instead of Oct. 2, following the Pooled Money Investment Board's unanimous vote Friday to set the earlier redemption date. State Treasurer Bill Lockyer chairs the PMIB, which also is comprised of the State Controller and State Director of Finance.

August 21, 2009 | Turlock Journal Staff Reports | Neighbor News


Wal-Mart donates new canine

Max, a German Shepherd from Czechoslovakia, joined the ranks of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department K-9 unit this week through a donation from local Wal-Mart stores.

August 14, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Neighbor News


Merced County Fair attendance falls

Despite a variety of new attractions such as the "Showcase of the Stars, Rockin' Idol" vocal contest and the first ever Guitar Hero competition, the Merced County Fair saw a significant decrease in attendance numbers this year.

July 31, 2009 | Turlock Journal Staff Reports | Neighbor News


Officer injured during 2002 pursuit dies

A Modesto police officer critically injured in a collision seven years ago, died Thursday.

July 24, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Neighbor News


Research awards top $22 million for UC Merced

Capitalizing on a growing reputation as a new research-based university, the University of California, Merced brought in more than $22 million in grants and awards for the 2008-09 fiscal year, according to university officials.

July 24, 2009 | Turlock Journal Staff Reports | Neighbor News


Soldiers’ families to receive information and advice

Having a family member deployed overseas can be stressful and frightening, but the Modesto/Central Valley Blue Star Mothers and Families and the American Red Cross are hoping to lessen those fears with information.

July 10, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Neighbor News


2009-2010 Merced 4-H all-stars announced

Each county in California supports the All-Star Ambassador program. The All-Star program was originally created specifically for high-school aged members to stay involved in the program. However, All-Stars have developed into something much more. This program is now able to provide younger members with older 4-H role models and continued interest in the 4-H program, as well as providing the All-Star youth involved a way to develop leadership, communication and life skills. This position is the highest honor at a county level and is a working honor where youth have completed certain requirements to achieve the title "All-Star."

June 27, 2009 | Austyn Smith Special to the Journal | Neighbor News


Fire rescue training

The Cilion ethanol plant in Keyes was the site of a mock emergency drill Wednesday with several local agencies training in rescue operations.

June 27, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Neighbor News


Volunteers recognized by county

Planada resident Flora Martinez has been serving her community since 1964, when she volunteered to collect information for a survey being done by the World on Poverty. The information she gathered helped bring awareness to the most urgent needs of that area, made up of mostly migrant workers and their families.

June 27, 2009 | Kristina Hacker | Neighbor News


Sheriff’s deputies recognized for heroic acts

Showing a dedication to public safety that went beyond the call of duty, three Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputies were honored by the American Red Cross for their acts of heroism.

June 27, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Neighbor News


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