Conference zeroes in on Valley economy

Officials gathered Wednesday at Modesto Centre Plaza to talk about why the Northern San Joaquin Valley should define itself as a region distinct from the rest of the San Joaquin Valley and align its economic destiny with the Bay Area and Sacramento region.


Ceres recruiting for police chief

The city on Wednesday opened the application period for the position of police chief. The position was created last month when the City Council voted to dissolve the Department of Public Safety in favor of creating separate police and fire departments.


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Modesto dog-mauling victim returns home after medical care

Maria Fernandez, the survivor of a vicious dog mauling that killed her 54-year-old son last month, was released from a medical rehab facility Tuesday and has returned home. Her sister, Guadalupe Vela, said the public gave about $3,000 to help pay for Juan Fernandez’ funeral held a week ago.