Mussel Dogs muscle in to keep intruders out of lakes

Denair’s Mussel Dogs – Nemo, Noah and Popeye – guard reservoirs and lakes against potentially deadly intruders: quagga and zebra mussels.


Youths gather at newly opened Turlock skate park

The newly opened Brandon “Cookie” Koch Memorial Skate Park offers a venue for youths on skateboards, scooters and roller blades. The old skate park, between the old Turlock police headquarters and Turlock Irrigation District office at Canal Drive and Palm Street, closed a year ago.

Vital Statistics

Stanislaus County birth announcements (08/29/16)

The Bee publishes birth information from Kaiser Modesto Medical Center and Emanuel Medical Center. Other hospitals, including Doctors Medical Center and Memorial Medical Center, do not provide the information. Families can place special announcements in our weekly Celebrations section. For information, call 209-578-2326.

Jeff Jardine

Mystery over, but not misery, for family of missing Modesto woman

Lisa Toledo Valdez disappeared in July 2015, last seen near Dryden Park golf course along the Tuolumne River in Modesto. Her remains were discovered in another river in another county more than two months ago, and DNA confirmed the identity. Her family, suspecting the worst for the past few months, at least knows her fate, which, they say, is better than living with the unknown.


Parking woes worse as MJC begins

Modesto Junior College kicks off fall semester Monday with west campus road construction closing two main student parking lots. Students are advised to park on east campus and take the free shuttle.


Fijian culture celebrated with ‘A Day at the Park’

The annual Modesto Fiji Festival celebrated “A Day at the Park” on Saturday at Graceada Park with food, entertainment, vendors and family activities. The evening promised an island feel, with tiki torches after sunset adding a glow to music and dancing under the stars. The annual festival, put on by the Fiji Social Cultural Association, also featured food and retail vendors, and activities for kids as well as for the whole family.


Sights & Sounds of the Assyrian Festival

The second annual Assyrian Festival is in Turlock at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds this weekend. The free community event includes cultural dancing, music, exhibits and food. (Marijke Rowland/mrowland@modbee.com)


Family dog dies after car hits house

Driver and passengers safe, Modesto Police investigating the crash. (Andy Alfaro/aalfaro@modbee.com)
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Family dog dies after car hits house

Turlock skate park draws large crowd 0:52

Turlock skate park draws large crowd

PFS Meals puts fresh in prepared food 0:52

PFS Meals puts fresh in prepared food

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Sights & Sounds of the Assyrian Festival