17,000 jobs now projected for West Side development at Crows Landing air base

Stanislaus County officials told West Side residents that the latest plan for developing the former Crows Landing naval airfield is not like the West Park project that stirred emotions for five years. The county does project 17,000 jobs for western Stanislaus County if the property is developed with a general aviation airport and 10 million square feet of building space.


More jobs cut at American Medical Response

American Medical Response said an outsourcing firm also will take over call center and customer service responsibilities at a regional billing center in Salida. The news came two weeks after AMR announced it would outsource the center’s billing operations to Florida-based Centrex Revenue Solutions, eliminating 210 local jobs.


Modesto High teens tally up toxic trash

Modesto High students counted up something frightening on Halloween, thousands of cigarette butts collected from area parks. Students have collected roughly 60,000 cigarette butts around Stanislaus County, part of an effort to have fewer teens become ghosts before their time.


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Red-light cameras will remain off

Drivers who run a red light at a Modesto intersection with a red-light camera still don’t have to worry about getting a citation in the mail. The Police Department has decided to keep the red-light camera program on hiatus as it continues to talk with the camera provider – Redflex Traffic Systems – about paying less for the cameras under a new contract.


Jardine: Taking spins around Modesto, positively

When Modesto gets a mention in the media, it’s too often unflattering. Not this week, though. A TV show came to film with no intent of dissing the town. And a geocaching event will be here Saturday, highlighting the city’s most beloved landmarks.

Jeff Jardine

Jeff Jardine: Will billboard heat up cold case?

Tuesday’s mishmash begins with hopes that a billboard will help solve a 2010 hit-and-run case that left a 25-year-old woman dead east of Riverbank. Last spring, the California Highway Patrol investigators tried to step up their probe into the death of Amy Lynn Freeseha.