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Jeff Jardine

Flying high: Modesto couple touring country as B-29 Fifi crew members

Glen and Mary Mount helped bring the only flying B-29 to Modesto in 2014. Now the Modesto residents are part of a crew that flies Fifi – the same type plane as the ones that dropped atomic bombs on Japan in 1945 – on tours all over the United States. And Glenn Mount will be aboard when another B-29, Doc, flies Sunday for the first time since 1955.

Kevin Valine

Modesto tangled in web of words

It should have been a routine matter for the Modesto City Council to accept the recommendations of Mayor Ted Brandvold’s budget review committee. But there was nothing routine Tuesday night when council members took up this matter.

Kevin Valine

Workers to clean downtown coming soon

The Downtown Modesto Partnership is close to hiring six employees who would help keep the city center clean, escort people to their cars, serve as an extra set of eyes and ears for the police and perform other tasks.

Jeff Jardine

Early fire season, but fewer inmate crews for prevention

The fire season arrived ahead of schedule, and conditions are now what officials usually don’t experience until July or August. And while they used to count on county jail inmates to remove grass and other fuels in parks, along waterways and roads, Proposition 47 has rendered many inmates ineligible for road crew duty, the sheriff said. They’re too busy picking up trash illegally dumped along county roads.


Battalion chief gets bone marrow transplant

Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Battalion Chief Kevin wise discusses battling leukemia and the bone marrow transplant he received in January (Erin Tracy/
Battalion chief gets bone marrow transplant 1:17

Battalion chief gets bone marrow transplant

DoMo Night Market in Modesto 1:45

DoMo Night Market in Modesto

Modesto Nuts defeat Bakersfield Blaze 5-4 1:20

Modesto Nuts defeat Bakersfield Blaze 5-4

Fire on Ninth Street 1:43

Fire on Ninth Street