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Police: Man tried to light woman on fire


Oakdale neighbors helped thwart what could have been a terrible outcome Thursday morning.

Residents in the 200 block of West Avenue reported to police they heard a woman screaming for help and for someone to stop pouring gasoline on her, Sgt. Ben Savage with the Oakdale Police Department said.

Responding officers found suspect Michael Gladys had been trying to create a spark by crossing electrical lines to ignite the gasoline, according to Savage. The gasoline was never lit.

Gladys, 36, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He was taken into custody without incident.

The woman was not hurt


SCOE Offers the new ETS High School Equivalency Test - HiSET

SCOE Offers the new ETS High School Equivalency Test - HiSET

The Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) is proud to introduce the new ETS High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) a national testing program that provides an accessible and affordable alternative to the GED (General Education Diploma) test.

Beginning on April 14, 2015, the HiSET Testing Services will be available at SCOE’s Petersen Educational Pathways testing center located at 715 13th Street, Modesto.  HiSET test-takers must schedule testing dates/time and payment through hiset.ets.org.  For general questions not found on the HiSET website contact SCOE at (209) 238-6506.  SCOE is the only testing site in the Stanislaus County and provides both GED and HiSET testing.

Are New Melones lake releases for fish necessary?


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Fish biologists who study fish populations on the Stanislaus River near Oakdale said Thursday large releases of water from New Melones Lake to help fish were not necessary.

"We don't feel the releases are doing anything to benefit fish populations. The monitoring we've done for 20 years, the current releases are no benefit to the fish," Fishbio's Doug Demko said.

Endangered bighorn sheep moved to Yosemite, Sequoia parks


FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Wildlife officials say bighorn sheep have been relocated to their ancestral range in the Sierra Nevada, putting the endangered animal on a path to recovery.

Tom Stephenson of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said Monday that herds of bighorn have been moved to parts of Yosemite and Sequoia national parks.

Thousands of the sheep once roamed the High Sierra, but over-hunting and disease nearly caused their extinction.

Stephenson says the 600 bighorn sheep that still exist occupy areas critical to their survival.

Yosemite wildlife biologist Sarah Stock says only the most intrepid park visitors to will see the sheep because the animals were released at high elevations.


University of the Pacific program will help meet nationwide demand for data scientists

University of the Pacific program will help meet nationwide demand for data scientists

University of the Pacific this fall will begin showing working professionals not only how to crunch data, but how to use the information to help their organizations prosper.

Pacific’s School of Engineering and Computer Science is offering a new master of science degree in analytics, a high-paying field facing an acute shortage of professionals. The program will be based at the university’s new, state-of-the-art campus in San Francisco.

With courses such as Data Engineering, Machine Learning and Data Visualization, the program will combine rigorous academic training in analytics along with the practical experience of working on real-world case studies of issues facing industries today.

University of the Pacific’s Student Investment Fund climbs to $3 million

University of the Pacific’s Student Investment Fund climbs to $3 million

An investment fund managed by University of the Pacific students that routinely outperforms Wall Street indicators reached a monumental benchmark of $3 million.

The Student Investment Fund portfolio – valued at roughly $2.5 million just a year ago – is managed by students in Pacific’s Eberhardt School of Business and is one of the largest student-run funds in the western United States.

The SIF hit $3 million for the first time in early October, but market fluctuations caused the fund to dip below that benchmark. The fund returned to the $3 million mark this month.

University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music announces new music industry studies degree

University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music announces new music industry studies degree

Beginning in the fall, University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music will offer a bachelor of science in music industry studies designed to prepare students for success in today's music industry. The program is the first of its kind in the region.

"The Music Management Program has been very successful over the years in preparing students for careers in the music industry because the type of courses and experiences we offer has adapted as the industry has evolved," said Keith Hatschek, Music Management Program director who designed the music industry studies degree for the program.