Stanislaus County expects to see garbage fee proposals from cities

Stanislaus County officials are awaiting proposals from cities for new agreements on garbage disposal fees. The county has offered to make its fee structure more attractive to cities such as Turlock, which is sending garbage to a lower-cost landfill in Merced. If other cities were to send most of their rubbish to out-of-county facilities, it could cause a countywide solid waste partnership to unravel.

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Ken Carlson

More Latinos signing up through health exchange

Covered California reported that a larger number of Latinos are applying for insurance from the state’s health exchange. Through Monday, more than 300,000 state residents had inquired about coverage and were found to be eligible under the federal health law. Latinos made up 50 percent of those who gave information about their ethnicity.

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Jeff Jardine: Young Modesto writers make healing personal

Somerset Middle School teacher Susan Romero discovered that 15 of her students in 2012 had lost loved ones and were dealing with the emotions of those losses. So she persuaded 13 of them to write about their experience and assembled it into a book intended to help other teens face the same dilemmas.

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