RIM FIRE NO LONGER THREATENS STRUCTURES
Containment of the The Rim fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park reached 84 percent on Monday. Structures no longer are threatened and fire crews no longer will work at night, authorities reported; they hope containment lines and natural barriers will prevent the fire from spreading much more. Full containment is expected by Friday. “It’s creeping up into rock and natural barriers and so far it’s holding well,” said Sue Exline of the U.S. Forest Service told the Los Angeles times. Exline also said many firefighters will be released back to their home units over the next few days as the fire continues to die down. Crews are mopping up hot spots and patrolling the fire lines, part of what Exline says “is the part of the fire that is so important, to ensure that everything is out.” While nearly all mandatory evacuations have been lifted, the Forest Service said on its fire information website that some communities and areas, including O’Shaughnessy and Aspen Valley, “continue to be closed to public access due to a lack of power and ongoing mitigations of hazards caused by the fire.” The cost of battling the blaze is near $115 million. Officials have said that a hunter who lost control of his campfire caused it.
4-H PROGRAM AT SONORA LIBRARY
Garrett Rebelo, a teen member of 4-H, will present a program Sept. 26 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Sonora Main Library’s Community Meeting Room, 480 Greenley Road. Garrett will speak about 4-H community projects, personal growth opportunities such as leadership, scholarships and financial assistance and, most important, the fun of the program. He will bring two 4-H projects – Hershey, a rabbit, and the dog Oliver. This special program is appropriate for children ages 5 and up. Pamphlets about 4-H will be available. Parents and guardians can call the library at (209) 533-5507 or stop in at the Sonora Main Library for more information.
REGISTRATION STILL OPEN FOR KIDS CRAFT FAIR
Registration remains open through the rest of the month for the All-Kids Craft Fair returning to the Modesto Library portico on Oct. 12. The craft fair, from 9 a.m. to noon that day, provides a chance for young artists and crafters, ages 7 to 14, to showcase their talents and learn about sales, customer service and business. Applications are available at all Stanislaus County Library branches and must be returned by Sept.30. For more information, contact the Modesto Library children’s department at (209) 558-7810.
ARRAIGNMENT DELAY IN PETIT HOMICIDE CASE
An arraignment hearing was postponed again for two men charged with arson and murder in the deaths of Scott and Janet Pettit of Modesto. Brandon Pettit and Felix Valverde – the victims’ son – appeared briefly in Stanislaus County Superior Court on Monday morning. This and more Law & Order on Page B-2.