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06/24/2014 2:55 PM

06/24/2014 5:24 PM


Modesto Irrigation District leaders agreed Tuesday to pay a consultant up to $50,000 to enable the district to finish a water plan that’s been seven years in the making. The Irrigation Training and Research Center at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, which has helped MID before, is expected to help complete the Comprehensive Water Resources Management Plan by year’s end. It could feature design options for small reservoirs that would conserve water and improve delivery to farmers. The MID board also switched its retirement investing to Prudential Trust Co. Both votes were 3-0, with board members Larry Byrd, Paul Campbell and Jake Wenger in favor and Nick Blom and John Mensinger absent.


The Modesto Elks Lodge is partnering with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department and Behavioral Health and Recovery Services to present a “Just Say No” Battle of the Bands on July 27. The aim of the free event is to provide music appropriate for ages 10 and up, along with information against drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse. Local bands are offered $50 to participate, with awards of $300 for first place, $150 for second and $50 for third. There will be free hot dogs, chips, water, soda and cookies for all who attend. There also will be opportunities to win prizes for answering drug-, alcohol- and tobacco-related questions from the information available at this event. The Elks welcome donations of prizes in return for promotion of local businesses that support drug awareness. Interested prize donors or bands that wish to participate may contact RaeLene Pritchard: Modesto Elks Lodge, 645 Charity Way, Modesto; phone (209) 524-4421, ext. 101; or email


The Latino Community Roundtable’s sixth annual backpack drive for children throughout Stanislaus County is underway. This year, LCR is planning to donate 1,300 backpacks. For information on donating, including dropoff locations for backpacks or school supplies, contact Jorge Perez at (209) 595-9654, Carolina Alfaro at (209) 667-3982 or Maggie Mejia at (209) 303-2664.

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