Modesto aims to land commercial flights in 2015

The city could know within six months whether commercial flights will return to Modesto Airport next year.The city and its airport consultant say they are talking with SkyWest Airlines on resuming passenger air service. Modesto is aiming for twice-daily flights between Modesto and Los Angeles in 50-seat jets.

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Central Catholic looking to join elite company at CIF state championship game

Modesto’s Central Catholic High School football team will try to win its third consecutive CIF state championship Friday when it takes on St. Margaret’s of San Juan Capistrano. The Raiders would join superpower De La Salle (Concord) as the only teams to win three state football titles.

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Jeff Jardine

Ex-Modestan’s company cleared for drone takeoff

Brian Whiteside, a 1988 Downey High grad and now president of VDOS Global, last week was granted an exemption by the FAA that will allow his company to use drones to perform safety inspections on oil and gas facilities in the Gulf of Mexico, along with other hard-to-reach structures.

Nan Austin

Let’s talk techie – yes, students need computers

Computer Science Week just wound up, but the whole month has felt tech-centric. There is a tech-tonic shift happening, pardon the pun, from the inkwell world where classrooms got their start. Encyclopedias to Google-ing. Wide-ruled binder paper to spreadsheets. Pencils to styluses.

Jeff Jardine

Work begins to bring fire-damaged hotel back to life

Cleanup is underway at Coulterville’s historic Hotel Jeffery, with crews tearing out debris from the hotel’s burned and smoke-damaged areas, and it turns out a direct descendant of the hotel’s founder, George Jeffery, still lives nearby. Also, a Modestan shares his dream of transforming Modesto’s Dry Creek into a tourist mecca.

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