Valley forecast: Clear, colder

Plenty of folks gave themselves a day-after-Christmas gift Friday, enjoying skiing and snow play in gorgeous weather at Dodge Ridge and other Tuolumne County areas.


North Modesto interchanges picking up speed

Modesto and Stanislaus County officials say they are making very good progress in replacing two Highway 99 interchanges with new ones that have a combined cost of nearly $100 million and promise to ease traffic congestion in north Modesto.

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Modesto synagogue thanks public-safety personnel with Christmas meal

Police officers, paramedics, EMTs and other emergency-service providers all responded to a call from Congregation Beth Shalom on Christmas Day, though there was no emergency. The Modesto synagogue put out the call – for the seventh year – inviting all first responders in Stanislaus County who work on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to stop by for a meal.


Shackelford family gets Christmas surprise from Modesto police

Modesto police Officer Benito Chavez has served as the liaison between the department and the Shackelford neighborhood in south Modesto, and has worked closely with staff at Shackelford Elementary School. But he wanted to do something special for Christmas, so he and other officers gave a single mother and her four children a holiday they’ll never forget.

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