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Almond orchards improving environmental impact

Almond orchards improving environmental impact

MODESTO – The almond industry is making progress toward becoming carbon neutral or even carbon negative with respect to greenhouse gases (GHG) according to a study by the University of California-Davis.

The study, funded in part by a grant from the Almond Board of California, shows that re-using by-products from producing and harvesting almonds has had a key positive environmental impact and will help further reduce the industry’s carbon emissions.

“We have identified several key areas where changes in orchard management, technology and policy have helped the California almond industry reduce greenhouse gas emissions in recent years,” study co-author and doctoral candidate Elias Marvinney said in a release. “If these trends continue to be supported, there is very strong potential for almond production to become carbon neutral or even carbon negative.”... Read More

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Blog – Modesto’s Panera opens and other sandwich news

Blog – Modesto’s Panera opens and other sandwich news

MODESTO — The new Panera Bread restaurant opened Monday on McHenry in Modesto. Have you noticed the long lines at the drive-thru?

Now we have word of another sandwich eatery getting ready to set up shop here.

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches is renovating the bank at 1400 Standiford, according to city permit records.

A media spokesman for the restaurant chain confirmed it’s opening a restaurant here but said it’s still early in the process and he didn’t have detail he could share yet... Read More

Cheers! It’s National Tequila Day

Cheers! It’s National Tequila Day

Today might arguably be one of the best days of the year. Why, you might ask? Well, it’s National Tequila Day, of course! And this year, we should all celebrate because it’s also on a FRIDAY!! On top of that, it’s summer and here in Sacramento our farmers’ markets and local shops are bursting with the most amazing fresh fruits and veggies to play with in tequila concoctions. This trifecta makes for the ultimate tequila celebration, no excuses. ... Read More

Superhero Day at the Keyes Library

Superhero Day at the Keyes Library

Quick Robin! To the Library! Celebrate the end of our Summer Reading Challenge with Superhero Day at the Keyes Library on Tuesday, August 4 at 2:30 p.m. Children can play Pin the Symbol on Batman, a Spiderman Toss Game, and a Superhero Bean Bag Toss Game. Participants can also pose as their favorite superhero in our photo booth area and make superhero lollipops, masks, and scratch art. During the program, individuals can also use their super brain power to guess the number of candies in the jar with the closest guess winning the entire jar of candy. Children who participated in the Superhero Academy will also receive a diploma, which certifies they can assume their superhero identity. Individuals are welcome to come in costume, however, costumes are not required. Cake, snacks, and light refreshments will also be available while supplies last.

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Doctors Medical Center launches hand surgery program

Doctors Medical Center launches hand surgery program

MODESTO — Doctors Medical Center has launched the only emergency hand surgery program between Fresno and Sacramento, the hospital announced Thursday.

The Hand and Arm Institute of Doctors Medical Center will provide nerve reconstruction with state-of-the-art grafts, hand microsurgery and repair of common fractures.

The Institute’s team is integrated into DMC’s Level II Trauma Center at 1441 Florida Avenue... Read More

Tie Dye at the Keyes Library

Tie Dye at the Keyes Library

Bring a t-shirt, hat, or tote bag to dye at the Keyes Library on Wednesday, July 29 at 1 p.m. Participants can mix dyes and colors to create a one-of-a-kind design! The library will supply all the dye and other equipment needed to dye the item. Due to the nature of this program, parental supervision is required. One child per adult at a time.

The Keyes Library is located at 4420 Maud Ave. For more information, please call 664-8006. 

California leads country for most expensive gas

California leads country for most expensive gas

STOCKTON – Area gas prices rose slightly over the last week, increasing by 6 cents to $3.39 in the Stockton-Lodi area. Modesto also saw a 6-cent increase, bringing prices for drivers there to $3.34. Merced drivers saw a slightly smaller increase as their prices rose $.04 to $3.46.

Nationwide, gas prices have stayed relatively stable during the last 30 days. The average price on Monday stood at $2.76 per gallon, the lowest average for this date since 2010. That price is down nearly a nickel per gallon compared to the 2015 peak price reached on June 15 ($2.80).

California has the most expensive gas in the country, with an average price $3.87, up from $3.71 per gallon last week. Alaska ($3.47) Hawaii ($3.34), Nevada ($3.26) and Washington ($3.19) round out the top 5. ... Read More