Jardine: Taking spins around Modesto, positively

When Modesto gets a mention in the media, it’s too often unflattering. Not this week, though. A TV show came to film with no intent of dissing the town. And a geocaching event will be here Saturday, highlighting the city’s most beloved landmarks.

Jeff Jardine

Jeff Jardine: Will billboard heat up cold case?

Tuesday’s mishmash begins with hopes that a billboard will help solve a 2010 hit-and-run case that left a 25-year-old woman dead east of Riverbank. Last spring, the California Highway Patrol investigators tried to step up their probe into the death of Amy Lynn Freeseha.

Ken Carlson

County Pulse: Agency will offer job-search assistance to AMR billing employees

Stanislaus County’s Alliance Worknet will meet Nov. 13 with American Medical Response employees who are losing their jobs. The agency will provide information about unemployment benefits, applications for jobs through the Alliance, retraining options and other help with the job hunt. AMR announced last week that it will close a medical billing operation in Salida and lay off about 200 employees.

Kevin Valine

Work on long-delayed trail nears completion

Those eager to use the long-delayed addition to the Virginia Corridor – the paved trail popular with walkers, bicyclists and joggers – should not have to wait much longer. Modesto expects the roughly three-quarter-mile extension from Bowen to Woodrow avenues to open during the week of Thanksgiving, which is about three months beyond the project’s original completion date.

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