The Sierra snowpack has shrunk to normal levels, after a series of big winter storms in January and early February was followed by a relative dry spell. The California Department of Water Resources' fourth snow survey of the season on Wednesday found levels about 105 percent of normal in the northern and southern parts of the Sierra, and about 90 percent of normal in the central Sierra. The department says the snowpack will help fill reservoirs depleted after last year's dry winter. Wednesday's measurements are below those taken during the department's last snow survey a month ago. At that time, the snowpack was 122 percent of normal in the northern Sierra and 130 percent of normal in the southern part of the range. The National Weather Service says no significant storms are on the horizon.
Local chef survives
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Enjoy 'BASH 2008'
Coming soon to a football field near you -- BASH 2008. This year's Central Catholic High School fund-raiser has been revamped into a "Central Market" -- a tent city at the school's David Patton Football Field that includes food, beverages, live music and a wide assortment of vendors. The two-day event will be April 18 and 19. The Friday night gala will feature fine dining, wine, martini bars and live music. Tickets are $125 per person. On Saturday, general admission is $10. Admission to the fashion show is $50 and includes a box lunch.
50 YEARS AGO: Brenda Robinson, Ceres High School senior, won the Lions Club regional student speakers contest in Riverbank and would represent the region in a district event. Runners-up in the contest were Linda Hardin of Turlock and Vivian Nelson of Denair.
25 YEARS AGO: Less than three weeks into its first fund-raising sweepstakes, the Modesto Symphony was well on its way to a visible boost for its budget. Close to 2,000 people had already returned sweepstakes tickets for the chance to win one of the 102 prizes which were to be awarded. The sweepstakes was initiated as part of the symphony's ongoing battle to balance its budget, a feat that was impossible from box office receipts alone.
-- Karen Aiello