The landfill that receives trash from throughout the county threatens to litter nearby Interstate 5. Stanislaus County supervisors are poised to take emergency action Tuesday to repair 740 feet of wind-damaged fence at Fink Road Landfill west of Crows Landing.
Hospitals that treat California’s poorest patients are faring badly under the Affordable Care Act’s drive to improve quality. Under ACA authority, Medicare is imposing fines on safety-net hospitals at twice the rate paid by other hospitals, according to an analysis by the Center for Health Reporting.
Emanuel Medical Center did not contest that it’s the most heavily penalized hospital in California under quality improvement policies in the Affordable Care Act. In a response, the hospital said it has adopted quality improvements since being acquired by Tenet Healthcare Corp. in August.
A few hundred students competed Saturday in the History Day event in Patterson. This year’s competitors made presentations on topics including Cesar Chavez, Frederick Douglass, Amelia Earhart, Anne Frank and Joseph Stalin. The event is designed to help students learn college-level researching skills, while immersing them in impactful moments and people throughout history.
California is a major source of presidential campaign financing, and in the early race for money, Republicans are streaming into a state where fierce competition is already underway. Months before closely watched caucuses and elections in early primary states, California is experiencing its Iowa moment.
Valley Charter High School took a couple of dozen students to the SkillsUSA Region 5 competition in Stockton on Feb. 21 and came back with 28 medals. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations.
Brian Edwards has been driving for 25 years without an accident. That may not seem all that impressive, until you learn that Edwards is a delivery driver for the United Parcel Service, putting in up to 140 miles per day on the road.
The Bee publishes birth information from Kaiser Modesto Medical Center, Emanuel Medical Center and Oak Valley Hospital. 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.
Owing to warmer-than-normal temperatures, residents could be scratching after they dry out from the rainfall this weekend. Dave Heft, general manager of the Turlock Mosquito Abatement District, said the conditions should be right for mosquitoes to breed in puddles, flower pots and trees in residential areas of the Northern San Joaquin Valley.
Dr. Pankaj Patel, administrator David Thompson and their Turlock attorney, Mike Warda, spoke Wednesday to the 11-member commission that governs Health Plan of San Joaquin. They advocated for dental surgery centers and the low-income children who receive badly needed treatment at the centers.
Covered California reported that a larger number of Latinos are applying for insurance from the state’s health exchange. Through Monday, more than 300,000 state residents had inquired about coverage and were found to be eligible under the federal health law. Latinos made up 50 percent of those who gave information about their ethnicity.