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The weather forecast heats up again for Stanislaus County. What else is predicted?

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The Northern San Joaquin Valley can expect more hot weather for the final week of July.

The National Weather Service forecast has thrown into the mix a slight chance of thunderstorms late Monday night into Tuesday morning.

The chance of showers and thunder activity is no higher than 20%.

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A 4-Her and a puppeteer agree: It’s great to have the Stanislaus County Fair back

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Everything is lining up well for the first full-on Stanislaus County Fair in three years.

Carnival workers assembled rides and game booths during Thursday’s media preview on the Turlock grounds. Other crews prepared spaces for concerts and motor sports. And young people tended to their livestock in advance of judging and auctions.

COVID-19 sharply limited the 2020 and 2021 fairs. The pandemic has receded enough to allow crowds to mingle, carefully, during a 10-day run that starts Friday, July 8.

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‘The Fun is Back’: Here’s what you need to know about the 2022 Stanislaus County Fair

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The Stanislaus County Fair returns in full force this year, promising plenty of entertainment, arena events, carnival rides, livestock and more.

Because of the pandemic, the 2020 fair consisted of only online livestock competitions and drive-thru versions of a few food booths. The 2021 expo had livestock and motorsports back in person but the carnival and most of the food were missing.

But this year, the fair – which usually draws more than 200,000 people – has a 10-day slate of traditional events, set for July 8-17 at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock.

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Amazon partners with Modesto JC, Stanislaus State to pay tuition for Valley employees

in Community/Education

Amazon is partnering with the largest higher education institutions in Stanislaus County to provide free tuition to the online retailer’s hourly employees in the region.

Turlock’s California State University, Stanislaus, and Modesto Junior College are part of the company’s Career Choice program, which will pay full tuition at associated institutions for hourly Amazon employees. Across the Central Valley, Amazon also is partnering with California State University, Fresno, Clovis Community College and Sacramento City College.

The program is open to full-time Amazon employees, as well as part-time employees (who receive half, but not full tuition). The e-commerce giant will pay tuition and fees for eligible employees, and partner institutions pay nothing to be part of the program.

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Stanislaus County announces new round of nonprofit grants

in Nonprofit

Stanislaus County is once again partnering with the Stanislaus Community Foundation to support local nonprofit organizations.

On Aug. 31, a total of $1 million in CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds was approved by the Board of Supervisors to assist critical nonprofit work with priority given to nonprofits that did not receive funding from the 2020 Nonprofit Support Grant Program, nonprofits that serve veterans and seniors and new Stanislaus County nonprofits. Organizations can apply for funding online starting Oct. 5.

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These Modesto-area firefighters were in the right place when a jet crashed in Truckee

in Accident/News

Firefighters from a Stanislaus County strike team had left one massive wildfire and were headed to another Monday afternoon when they saw the fiery crash of a jet aircraft that smashed into trees as it was trying to land at the Truckee Tahoe Airport.

The five-engine strike team was on its way to Chico to join the firefighters at the Dixie Fire after spending a week helping fight the Tamarack Fire when the jet crashed about 1:20 p.m. The team was a mile or so away from when the jet crashed, said Tim Tietjen, the Modesto Fire Department’s division chief and the strike team leader.

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