Forest advocates hold annual meeting
Forest Landowners of California, which supports logging and wildlife habitat protection on private land, will hold its 33rd annual meeting Thursday through Saturday in Sonora. The event will be based at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds and will include field trips to see various aspects of forest management in Tuolumne County. Speakers will talk about fire hazard reduction, forest certification, legislative issues and other topics. The event will include presentation of the California Tree Farmer of the Year award to Bob Kinsinger, who owns 400 acres near Twain Harte. For more information, go to www.forestlandowners.org.
50 YEARS AGO: Johnson Rug Co. was having its four-day grand opening event at its new building at 214 McHenry Ave. in Modesto. Ernest Johnson was the owner of the firm, and he had been in the rug and carpet business for 17 years. The store formerly was on J Street.
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25 YEARS AGO: An evacuation of the Stanislaus County Courthouse, forced by a telephoned bomb threat, failed to bring the wheels of justice to a halt. Superior Court Judges Hugh Rose III and Gerald V. Underwood moved with attorneys and litigants to the City Hall parking lot across the street. There, standing at opposite corners of the lot, they resumed hearings that had been interrupted by the evacuation order. While court proceedings continued in the parking lot, officers searched all the courthouse floors and found no trace of a bomb.
-- Karen Aiello