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Drugged driver hits new signal

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One of the temporary traffic signals posted at the entrance to the new Walmart Supercenter was destroyed by an allegedly drugged driver on Sunday evening, Dec. 28.

Ceres Police received multiple calls at 8:25 p.m. regarding a white Ford SUV being driven erratically, swerving, driving slow and stopping at green traffic lights. Officer Aaron Pinon was able to catch up to the vehicle as it was southbound on Mitchell Road from Don Pedro Road. As the patrol officer was nearing the white Ford SUV and before he could activate his overhead emergency lights to stop the vehicle, the Explorer veered to the right and collided with multiple objects, including the temporary traffic signal, before coming to rest at the entrance to the new store.

Driver Kevin Myers, 36, of Turlock, sustained injuries which required medical attention at a local hospital.

Due to his medical condition, Myers was released for treatment.  Charges of driving under the influence are being are being sought against Myers by the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office. 

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Ripon Unified advances plan for new trustee districts for next 10 years

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The next step for the Ripon Unified School District’s Trustee Area reapportionment plan is Feb. 16.

That’s when the San Joaquin County Board of Education, sitting as the County Committee on School District Organization, will meet.

Trustees had already approved Plan A also known as the balanced plan, based on 2020 U.S. Census Bureau.

"It's a refinement of the (current) plan," said former school board member Ernie Tyhurst, who once again worked with board President Kit Oase on the reapportionment plan.

They put together on the Trust Area plan back in 2014.

"It didn't change all that much," Tyhurst said at Monday's board meeting. "All (five areas) are within a percentage of each other."

He described the district map as a fan configuration with the Stanislaus River providing a natural boundary. Trustee Area 2 and Trustee Area 3 are divided by the Highway 99 freeway.

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CHP plans for Maximum Enforcement over Christmas

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The holiday season is upon us and the California Highway Patrol is reminding everyone to put safety first and follow the rules of the road while traveling California’s roadways.

According to data from the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, at least 38 people were killed in crashes in California throughout the Christmas holiday enforcement period last year. During that 78-hour Maximum Enforcement Period, CHP officers made 573 arrests for driving under the influence.

“The CHP will be out on California’s roadways while the public travels to join friends and family this weekend,” said CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray. “Our goal is the same as yours, to make certain you arrive safely at your destination. From our family to yours, we wish you all a safe and happy holiday.”

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How We Drained California Dry: Mark Arax

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Writes Fresno author and journalist Mark Arax in “How We Drained California Dry”:

“No civilization had ever built a grander system to transport water. It sprawled farmland. It sprawled suburbia. It made rise three world-class cities, and an economy that would rank as the fifth largest in the world. But it did not change the essential nature of California. Drought is California. Flood is California. One year our rivers and streams produce 30 million acre-feet of water. The next year, they produce 200 million acre-feet. The average year, 72.5 million acre-feet, is a lie we tell ourselves.”

Read more at MIT Technology Review.

Air District issues health caution due to wildfires

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Smoke from ongoing wildfires is making outdoor activity dangerous for Turlock residents and all those in northern California and Tuolumne and Mariposa counties, prompting the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to issue a health caution.

The health caution will remain in effect for San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern counties until the fires are extinguished or until smoke is no longer affecting the Valley.

The District has also issued an Air Quality Alert with the National Weather Service due to wildfire smoke impacts on Valley air quality.

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LPGA great Annika Sorenstam co-leads U.S. Senior Women’s Open with a California teaching pro who can’t stop smiling

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Dana Ebster wasn’t sure what to make of the interview area on the porch at Brooklawn Country Club.

“Can we practice first?” she asked as she gingerly stepped up toward the mic. Ebster, by the way, rocked the interview.

Just before Ebster flew across the country to Connecticut, she was up at 6 a.m. pulling carts out at Turlock Golf and Country Club in central California where she runs a junior clinic and works in the pro shop.

Continue Reading on Golfweek.

Mosquito activity on the rise this summer

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As the temperature climbs and mosquito activity increases, local health departments are reminding residents to take precautions against catching West Nile virus, as the California Department of Public Health reported the first death from West Nile Virus for the season.

The death was reported in San Luis Obispo County. 

“West Nile virus activity in the state is increasing, so I urge Californians to take every possible precaution to protect against mosquito bites,” said Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, Director of the California Department of Public Health and State Public Health Officer.

As of July 9, WNV has been detected in 45 dead birds from 6 counties and 177 mosquito samples from 13 counties. Hot temperatures this month are contributing to increasing numbers of mosquitoes and the increased risk of virus transmission to humans. So far this season, activity is within expected levels. The risk of disease due to WNV usually increases at this time of year and is highest throughout the summer and early fall.

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L.A. County coronavirus spike hits alarming levels, with 10,000 infected in a week, as Delta variant spreads

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Los Angeles County is now recording more than 10,000 coronavirus cases a week — a pace not seen since March — an alarming sign of the dangers the Delta variant poses to people who have not been vaccinated and heightening pressure on health officials to reverse the trend.

A Los Angeles Times data analysis found L.A. County was recording 101 weekly coronavirus cases for every 100,000 residents, up from 12 for the seven-day period that ended June 15. That means the county has surpassed the threshold to have “high” community transmission of the disease, the worst tier as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A region must hit 100 or more weekly cases per 100,000 residents to enter the worst tier.

It’s still far fewer than during the deadly winter surge, when L.A. County was recording more than 1,000 weekly cases for every 100,000 residents, but it underscores growing concerns that unvaccinated people are at heightened risk.

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Mayor’s roads initiative takes shape as management position created

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The City of Turlock’s new roads program initiative took a step forward on Tuesday night after the City Council unanimously voted in favor of creating a position for someone to lead it. 

A new job description for the position of Roads Program Manager was created following the approval vote, and the Council also gave the go-ahead for the City to fill said position with hiring incentives. The person hired for the position will facilitate the roads program initiative, which was announced by Mayor Amy Bublak in her State of the City address on May .

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COVID-19 vaccines in California: Everything you need to know

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Developments are fast-moving as California and other states work to ramp up the COVID-19 vaccination effort. The state has said it aims to vaccinate most Californians by the summer of 2021 and eligibility is soon opening up to everyone.

People ages 50 and older became eligible for COVID-19 vaccines on April 1 and everyone ages 16 or older in the state will be eligible on April 15. Some counties and health providers are moving on a faster timetable.

Placer, Stanislaus and Butte counties have opened vaccines to those 16 and over, while Amador, Sutter and Yuba counties are now offering the vaccine to people 18 and over.

UC Davis Health said that anyone ages 16 and older can sign up online for a vaccine, including people who are not already patients.

Here are answers to common questions about the vaccine that we have found from our coverage — all in one place.

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