STORMY STRETCH SHOULD END TODAY
Winter’s first extended stretch of wet weather will end today, the National Weather Service forecast. The Modesto Irrigation District recorded 0.78 inches in its downtown gauge between Wednesday night and 8 p.m. Sunday. The total is still 41 percent of average. Conditions are worse for the Sierra Nevada snowpack. The Dodge Ridge ski area, off Highway 108 near Pinecrest, reported Sunday that it was assessing whether the recent snow could allow it to finally open. The weather service forecast a 90 percent chance of showers in Modesto on Sunday night and early today, dropping to 20 percent later in the morning. The rest of the week looks to be dry, with highs around 70. More weather, Page B-6.
VIRGINIA CORRIDOR WILL GROW AGAIN
Construction is scheduled to start today on the next phase of the Virginia Corridor Trailway, taking it north to Woodrow Avenue in north Modesto. The two-mile trail follows an abandoned railroad grade from College Avenue and Needham Street to Bowen Avenue. The new phase, No. 6, will add about three-quarters of a mile and was budgeted at $3 million in federal grant money. The addition, expected to be finished by the end of June, will have landscaping, benches and lighting. Planners expect minor traffic controls during the construction on Bowen, Leveland Lane, West Rumble Road and Woodrow.
RIVERBANK AUTHOR WILL TALK HISTORY
The Riverbank Historical Society will host a talk Tuesday by Glenn A. Ditman, author of a new pictorial history called “Images of America: Riverbank.” The free event will be at 11 a.m. at the Riverbank Historical Museum, 3237 Santa Fe St. Ditman will discuss the early stages of development of the town.
E-WASTE COLLECTION AIDS DENAIR SCHOOLS
The Denair Education Foundation will accept used electronics from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 22 at Denair High School on Lester Road. The public can drop off TVs, monitors, laptops, CPUs, CD/DVD players, printers, fax machines, copiers and scanners. Proceeds will benefit the students of the Denair Unified School District. For more information, call (209) 668-2206.