Modesto officials honored two firefighters who rescued a woman and her adult daughter who were trapped in a second-story apartment by fire. The fiirefighters also got hugs and thanks from one of the women.

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State’s conservation efforts faltered in January

Californians slipped on water conservation in January, reducing their consumption only 8.8 percent. This marks significant backsliding from December, in which residents conserved 22 percent, raising some alarm as a fourth drought year begins.

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Paddle to the Sea returns for seventh run

The seventh annual Paddle to the Sea, a fundraiser for the Tuolumne River Trust, will take place in May and June. People in kayaks, canoes and other craft will cover one or more of the segments, starting with whitewater in the Sierra Nevada and passing calmly by Modesto on the way to San Francisco Bay.

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Save Mart launches grocery planning, shopping, savings app

Struggling to come up with a dinner menu? Tired of wading through wads of grocery coupons? Know there was a reward coming but can’t find it? No worries, Save Mart shoppers. There’s an app for that. The company announced the launch Wednesday of the Save Mart smartphone app for stores throughout the Central Valley, Sacramento and Reno.

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