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Unemployment rate continues to drop in Stanislaus County

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The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County took another dip in May, according to the latest numbers from the Employment Development Department.

The May unemployment rate came in at 8 percent for Stanislaus County, down from a revised rate of 8.6 percent in April and well below the year-ago estimate of 15.6 percent.

The drop in unemployment has largely been fueled by a reopening of the economy and just about every sector finding they need to hire more people.

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Drought planning leaves Don Pedro with 27% of full capacity

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As the drought throughout the state continues to worsen, the Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors received information on Tuesday regarding exactly how much water is available in Don Pedro Reservoir. 

TID hydrologist Olivia Cramer showed the Board during their meeting this week that while Don Pedro may appear to have substantially more stored water than a majority of reservoirs in California, there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the numbers. 

According to data published by the California Department of Water Resources, Don Pedro currently sits at 64% of its 2,030,000-acre-foot capacity, or 1,305,688-acre feet. This is 84% of the reservoir’s historical average for the date and puts Don Pedro above every other reservoir in California except for Lake Perris, which is much smaller. 

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Ceres Police gear up to fight illegal fireworks

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The loud pops of illegal firecrackers and the occasional launching of illegal aerial fireworks has already begun and yet the Fourth of July holiday season is still weeks away. But Ceres Police are drumming up a public relations campaign in hopes of minimizing community disturbances from anything that explodes or leaves the ground.

Earlier this year the Ceres City Council handed police another tool to crackdown on possession and/or detonation of illegal firework devices – an increase in the fine from $1,000 to $2,500 per violation.

“If you are found to be igniting the fireworks, or allowing it to happen from your home, you will be issued a citation,” said Ceres Police Department spokesman Sgt. Keith Griebel.

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Denair Fire rescues cat from house fire

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Three pets died in a house fire Monday evening in Denair, but firefighters were able to save the life of one cat.

The fire was reported at 4:59 p.m. Monday in the 4000 block of Katella Drive.

Firefighters from the Denair Fire Department arrived at the scene and found smoke and flames coming out of the home. Crews made an interior attack on the fire and were quickly able to contain the spread and keep the flames from burning more of the home.

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Families looking to beat the heatwave this week can cool off at the City of Turlock’s two aquatic playgrounds, which are open once more after the pandemic shut them down last summer. Turlock’s public pools are still closed to recreational swimmers due to COVID-19, though swim lessons are being hosted at Pitman High School. 

Turlock resident Aiden Struve and his family were at the Columbia Water Spray Park on Tuesday afternoon, much to his delight. Last year was the first time Struve wasn’t able to go to the spray park, he said, and he was overjoyed to be back under his favorite feature of the playground: the water-spilling coconuts.

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Mask requirements to end for those who are vaccinated

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California’s mask mandate will come to an end on Tuesday, but there will still be some situations and places where face coverings are required.

The California Department of Public Health has updated the mask requirements to fall in line with the suggestions from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The new guidelines start Tuesday when the state’s COVID-19 tier system ends.

People who are fully vaccinated will not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors, except at the following locations: on public transportation, homeless and emergency shelters, correctional facilities, healthcare settings, including long term care facilities, and K-12 campuses and child care facilities.

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Turlock marijuana grow targeted by Sheriff’s deputies in county-wide eradication effort

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A Turlock property was one of over 60 outdoor and indoor illegal marijuana grows raided by the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office last week as part of “Operation Green Day,” which saw nearly 20 different agencies come together for the department’s largest illicit cannabis eradication effort yet. 

The major, week-long operation was spearheaded largely by the Sheriff’s Office Community Resource Unit and took place after months of planning, with the Northern and Southern California Bureau of Cannabis Control teams sending their Cannabis Enforcement Unit to assist. The joint effort also included collaboration with others like Stanislaus County Public Works, whose Bobcats and tractors were needed to tear down the illegal grows, along with local water and power agencies, who helped determine if crops were using stolen utilities, to name a few. 

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House fire claims life of Denair man, two young sons

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Family and friends of Sergio Inostros Jr., 25, Mason Mulgado, 8, and Bennet Inostros, 3, busied themselves Tuesday washing a line of vehicles outside Denair Market and taking donations to help with the funeral expenses for the three.

Amber Ortega, the sister of Sergio Inostros, said the family is grateful for all the kindness that has been bestowed on them, likening it to “little grains of sand” of comfort to cling to when the waves of grief crashes down on them.

The magnitude of their loss is hard to fathom. Sergio Inostros Jr. and the two young boys lost their lives Sunday when their Denair home went up in flames.

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Fire destroys Denair appliance shop

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A fire broke out Wednesday evening at a Denair business, but a quick response kept the flames from spreading to other buildings.

The fire was reported around 7 p.m. Wednesday at A&R Appliance at 3748 N. Santa Fe Avenue. The business had already closed for the day. There were no injuries reported.

The first firefighters to arrive at the business found flames coming out of the roof. An aggressive attack was made and it quickly brought the fire under control and kept it from spreading to neighboring businesses.

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Shortage of ambulance personnel seen in Stanislaus County

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Stanislaus County, like much of the nation, is experiencing a shortage of emergency medical technicians and paramedics to staff ambulances.

The issue was brought to light during a Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday when Supervisor Buck Condit commented that he has been hearing from county residents of some delayed response times.

Modesto's American Medical Response Regional Director Cindy Woolston, who happened to be at the meeting, said ambulance companies across the country are dealing with staff shortages brought about because of COVID-19. The shortage was primarily caused by dramatic drops in academies training paramedics during the height of the pandemic. Woolsten said there had been a decrease in at least 50 percent in the number of academies, meaning there are far fewer individuals trained for the open positions.

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