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Solar panels will cut water loss from canals in Gila River Indian Community

in Environment/News/technology

In a move that may soon be replicated elsewhere, the Gila River Indian Community recently signed an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to put solar panels over a stretch of irrigation canal on its land south of Phoenix.

It will be the first project of its kind in the United States to actually break ground, according to the tribe’s press release.

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TID install EV charging station at park

in Community/News/technology

An agreement approved by the Ceres City Council last week allowed the Turlock Irrigation District to install another Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station on city property.

The water and power agency will install, operate and maintain one dual-port charging station for public use at Ceres River Bluff Regional Park parking lot on Hatch Road.

TID installed a similar station at the Ceres Community Center.

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Can America’s canals double as solar farms?

in Community/News/technology

Some 8,000 miles of federally owned canals snake across the United States, channeling water to replenish crops, fuel hydropower plants and supply drinking water to rural communities. In the future, these narrow waterways could serve an additional role: as hubs of solar energy generation.

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Solar panels on water canals seem like a no-brainer. So why aren’t they widespread?

in Environment/News/technology

Back in 2015, California's dry earth was crunching under a fourth year of drought. Then-Governor Jerry Brown ordered an unprecedented 25% reduction in home water use. Farmers, who use the most water, volunteered too to avoid deeper, mandatory cuts.

Brown also set a goal for the state to get half its energy from renewable sources, with climate change bearing down.

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Lessons in cyber security available for local businesses

in business/News/technology

Top FBI and law enforcement experts from across California will be coming to the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock this Thursday to co-host a free cyber security seminar.

Tabbed as the “Cybersecurity Seminar,” the event is a collaboration between the City of Turlock, the Turlock Chamber of Commerce and the Stanislaus Latino Chamber of Commerce. Speakers include Alexander Schmidt from the FBI Sacramento Cyber Task Force, Marc Coopwood, Vice President Public Sector for Apex Technology Management, and George Passidakis, Director of Sales and Marketing for Apex Technology Management.

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Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg wins gold, silver medals at first jujitsu tournament

in News/People/technology

If you’re a part of the Bay Area’s thriving jujitsu scene, there’s a chance the founder of Facebook will pin you to the floor.

Mark Zuckerberg competed in his first jujitsu tournament Saturday in Woodside, walking away with gold and silver medals for the local Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu team, with which he trains. He shared news of the win with his 11.3 million Instagram followers, posting photos of him posing with his coaches, grappling with opponents and pensively strolling onto a mat.

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The world of renewables this week

in Environment/News/technology

US EV maker Mullen Automotive issued Q1 figures completing its purchase of Electric Last Mile Solutions for $105 million in cash, announced in November, on the back of buying Bollinger Motors in September. Mullen still has $100 million in cash and $90 million in investment monies on its way before April. It’s secretive deal to import the $12,000 I-GO from China to Europe is still on the cards.

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Calif. police computer network hobbled by ransomware attack

in crime/News/technology

The Modesto police department has been hacked in recent days by ransomware, multiple sources with direct knowledge of the incident told The Bee late Wednesday.

While the extent of the damage is not fully known, the cybersecurity breach has disabled patrol vehicle laptops, causing officers to resort to "old school policing." Since the attack, officers must write down the details of the calls they receive from dispatch rather than receiving them through electronic communication.

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Turlock, Calif., Installs License Plate Cameras to Curb Crime

in Government/News/technology

(TNS) — Since well before back-to-back fatal shootings in downtown Turlock, plans have been in motion to employ technology to help solve crime in the city.

Chief Jason Hedden said the city by March will install license plate reader cameras (LPRs) at six intersections. The cameras not only record activity at the intersections but scan license plates to identify stolen or wanted vehicles that travel through them and instantaneously send alerts to officers.

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SSJID canals could be used to generate hydro & solar power

in Environment/News/technology

Water and power.

It is what drives economic prosperity.

That is why South San Joaquin Irrigation District that has spent the last  113 years securing, developing and protecting water supplies for Manteca Ripon, and Escalon is pursuing a three-prong strategy in a bid to harness the same water to generate lower cost “green” electricity.

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