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Posted by Ken Carlson on September 12, 2014
Stanislaus County has started to accept loan applications from rural homeowners who need to replace dry wells.
Application forms for the Emergency Domestic Water Financial Assistance Program were posted Friday on the county’s home page at www.co.stanislaus.ca.us. The Board of Supervisors approved the program more than two weeks ago to offer low-interest loans to residents contending with falling groundwater levels. The cost for a new well and pump runs around $20,000.
Some owners, including seniors on a fixed income, have lived for months without water to their homes. Some don’t have the cash or can’t obtain a bank loan for a new well. Getting an appointment with a well driller is taking three to six months or more.
Posted by Ken Carlson on September 5, 2014
According to California’s top health officer, people are especially taking a gamble this month if they are bitten by mosquitoes. Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the state Department of Public Health, said the proportion of mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus is at a record level in California.
Posted by Ken Carlson on August 26, 2014
Stanislaus County supervisors approved an emergency loan program Tuesday for homeowners with dry wells, after amending the proposal to lower the income limit and removing a strict credit score requirement.
Posted by Ken Carlson on August 22, 2014
Stanislaus County leaders have agreed to eliminate a pay cut for an employee group and raise salaries in the final two years of the labor contract. The county will restore 60 percent of the pay cut for mid-level managers and supervisors this month and return the rest to their paychecks in July. In addition, the four-year contract provides for a 1 percent cost-of-living raise in July 2016 and 3 percent increase a year later.
Posted by Ken Carlson on July 18, 2014
There is only an outside chance for success. But some Valley officials want to make the effort of competing for the Tesla Motors battery factory.
Posted by Ken Carlson on July 11, 2014
The percentage of Americans who lack health insurance dropped to an all-time low of 13.4 percent after the first Affordable Care Act enrollment period, according to a Gallup and Healthways survey.