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Construction to bring night closures to bridge over Highway 99

Construction to bring night closures to bridge over Highway 99

SALIDA – The Highway 219/Kiernan Avenue Bridge bridge over Highway 99 will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day, starting Monday Aug. 31. The closures will continue each night through Wednesday, Sept. 30. These closures will not occur on Friday nights, Saturday nights, and holidays.

The closures will allow crews to work from the bridge deck on the center column foundation, located in the Highway 99 median below. The work is key in the third of four stages of the Highway 99 /Highway 219 Kiernan Avenue Interchange Reconstruction Project

Electronic and print signs will guide motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to detours.

The construction project is expected to be completed in fall 2016.  ... Read More

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Modesto honors businesses for recycling efforts

Modesto honors businesses for recycling efforts

MODESTO — The city of Modesto has recognized local businesses for their ongoing efforts to be green and sustainable.

This year the city awarded the following businesses for environmental stewardship in 2014 to:

Small Businesses

  •    A&S Metals
  •    Community Business College
  •    Habitat for Humanity-ReStore
  •    Once Upon A Child
  •    The State Theatre

Medium Businesses

  •    Community Hospice-Hope Chest Thrift Stores
  •    Gallo Center for the Arts
  •    Modesto Junk Co., Inc. Recycling Center
  •    Operation 9-2-99
  •    Thomas Downey High School Environmental Club
  •    United Cerebral Palsy of Stanislaus County

Large Businesses... Read More

CSU Stanislaus unveils new logo, names, motto

CSU Stanislaus unveils new logo, names, motto

TURLOCK — During his fourth annual address to faculty, staff and students, CSU Stanislaus President Joseph Sheley unveiled a new effort to increase awareness about the university beyond Turlock.

“All of this is aimed to help people see us more clearly and advocate for us more actively,” Sheley said.

The new logo features the school’s familiar shield, which is part of the university’s seal, with an “S” on it.

The University’s formal name will remain California State University, Stanislaus. The university will continue to use officially for things such as documents and diplomas.

However, in an effort to bring consistency to the ways people inside and outside the region refer to the university, “Stanislaus State” has been adopted as the informal name, while “Stan State” will serve as the nickname.

The school’s motto will be “Engaging. Empowering. Transforming.”

“This is who we are,” Sheley said... Read More

Reading volunteer opportunities available through Hands on Sacramento

Reading volunteer opportunities available through Hands on Sacramento

SACRAMENTO -- Hands on Sacramento is a program of Community Link (formerly Community Services Planning Council) and offers countless opportunities for residents to lend a hand and volunteer. Through their online matching system, Hands On Sacramento strives to inspire, equip and mobilize individuals and groups for meaningful volunteer experiences that change our community!

As the regions full-service volunteer action center, Hands on Sacramento welcomes new community partners looking for volunteers.  Whether your agency has one time or ongoing needs for volunteers, you can post opportunities on the Hands on Sacramento website.  Over 16,000 Sacramento residents are registered and looking to help!

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Drivers enjoying cheapest gas prices since 2004

Drivers enjoying cheapest gas prices since 2004

Drivers are paying the lowest average gas prices for this time of the year since 2004. The national average on Monday, according to AAA, was $2.59 per gallon. California’s current average is $3.47, down 11 cents from last week.

Locally, drivers are enjoying prices even cheaper than the state average. Modesto drivers are getting the best deal, paying only $3.07 per gallon while Stockton motorists pay $3.12 per gallon to fill up. Those in Merced are paying the highest prices at $3.26 per gallon... Read More

Rail hearing draws standing-room-only crowd

Rail hearing draws standing-room-only crowd

About 200 business and community leaders from throughout the northern Central Valley turned out Friday to voice their support for improvements to passenger rail service in Northern California.

Merced’s Assemblyman Adam Gray, who chairs the Assembly Select Committee on Rail, held the meeting in downtown Modesto to get public input on the expansion of Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) and Amtrak’s San Joaquin service in the Central Valley... Read More

City of Modesto offers entrepreneurs new funding source

City of Modesto offers entrepreneurs new funding source

MODESTO — Modesto residents who want to start their own businesses now have a new option for financing.

The city of Modesto, the Stanislaus Business Alliance and the Fresno Community Development Financial Institution have partnered to establish a new revolving loan fund.

The city of Modesto is providing $250,000 from a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block grant (CDBG) and Fresno CDFI is matching that amount dollar-for-dollar.

The Stanislaus Business Alliance will provide application assistance and serve as the first point of contact for business owners looking for financing... Read More