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University of the Pacific students take on River of Skulls for Army Corps of Engineers

University of the Pacific students take on River of Skulls for Army Corps of Engineers

50 first-year, transfer and international students volunteered for National Public Lands Day

Youth Energy Summit Focuses on Agriculture, Food and Energy in Roseville

Youth Energy Summit Focuses on Agriculture, Food and Energy in Roseville

Roseville Electric, in partnership with SMUD, Lodi Electric and Turlock Irrigation District, will host the seventh annual Youth Energy Summit (YES) training and educational event on January 24 and 25, 2015. This two-day forum for local students from throughout the Central Valley will focus on food and agriculture. Students who will be attending submitted an application to attend the interactive training event which will allow them to focus on and learn more about developments in green energy, technology and sustainability.

The summit, taking place at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center, teaches students through lecturers and interactive workshops given by a diverse group of talented professionals including the energy, agriculture, food transportation, grocery and food service sectors. Some of the topics that the experts and students will discuss are the future in agriculture technology, sustainability beyond the plate and understanding where your food comes from.

2014 rankings: University of the Pacific is diverse, smart and cool

2014 rankings: University of the Pacific is diverse, smart and cool

University of the Pacific awards more doctoral degrees to Asian American students than any other college in the country. Pacific alumni have the sixth-highest salaries among recent graduates who earned diplomas at West Coast colleges. And the university counts among the 15 most popular, 50 most beautiful, 50 smartest and 100 “coolest” campuses in the nation.

Those are just some of the rankings Pacific chalked up this year in assessments from popular magazines and websites, including Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Payscale.com, PolicyMic.com, Lumosity, Sierra Magazine and more.

“It’s wonderful when these rankings emphasize what we already know about Pacific,” said Provost Maria Pallavicini. “Pacific is a special place that prepares students for success through rigorous academics and superior teaching. While no ranking should be taken too seriously, we appreciate being recognized in so many areas.”

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Micke Grove Zoo growing its conservation efforts with sustainable edible garden

Micke Grove Zoo growing its conservation efforts with sustainable edible garden

San Joaquin County, CA – As part of its efforts to conserve and protect earth’s resources, Micke Grove Zoo follows the action program of “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.” The Zoo’s Animal Care Specialists created a soil bed that is used to compost kitchen waste and two separate beds for growing produce. The kitchen waste includes leftover or unusable portions of animal diets created in the animal kitchen. The animal kitchen is where diets are prepared for all of the captive wildlife housed at the Micke Grove Zoo.

6 things you should know about sunscreen

6 things you should know about sunscreen
By Jeff Maher/News10 Did you know that about 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society? Remember to protect your skin and use sunscreen if you're heading outdoors this Memorial Day. Here are six things to know and consider about sunscreen as summer kicks off: 1. Check labels for the term "broad-spectrum." That means it protects against both the UVA rays which cause wrinkles and cancer as well as the UVB rays which cause burns. 2. Dermatologists say SPF 30 is the new SPF 15. Doctors are now recommending SPF 30 more than SPF 15 because the former blocks 97 percent of UVB rays. 3. Check expiration dates. Sunscreen becomes less effective about three years after you open the container. 4. Apply at least two layers of sunscreen. 5.

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season


AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.

Electronic Waste Disposal at Delta College, Sat April 12

Electronic Waste Disposal at Delta College, Sat April 12

Time for an "electronic spring cleaning." Want to FINALLY get rid of all those useless electronic items? From TVs to computers, printers, useless electronics of all sorts, even florescent bulbs, batteries, and more! OnSite Recycling visits Delta's Shima 2 Lot every 2nd Saturday of the month, 9am - 1pm. And guess what? This great service is FREE!
For more information on items OnSite will accept:
(209) 234-7994, or visit: http://bit.ly/Ql5L7u