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STENCILS ARE REMINDERS: The city of Turlock, along with a group of volunteers, will be stenciling storm drains throughout the city today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The stenciled message "THE SOLUTION = NO POLLUTION" will be there to remind residents not to dump waste into storm sewers or contribute more pollutants to storm water runoff by littering, overfertilizing or sweeping yard debris into the street. Much of the pollution in area streams and lakes comes from everyday materials, such as household chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, gasoline, used motor oil, antifreeze and litter. These storm drains don't lead to waste-water treatment plants. They carry untreated storm water into area lakes and streams. Motor oil often is dumped in storm drains, yet just a quart can ruin the quality of 250,000 gallons of water. Dumping oil and other hazardous substances is illegal in California. Residents are encouraged to recycle these materials.

FIJI OFFICERS VISIT: Former Fiji police officers from around the West Coast are gathering in Empire this evening. The event, in its seventh year, has been held in other states, but this year lands in California. Organizers say hundreds of people usually attend. For more information, call 985-9263.

STUDENT REPS IN MODESTO: Student council representatives from Fresno to Modesto will be in Modesto for a leadership workshop Monday. About 170 delegates are expected at the daylong California Association of Student Councils event at the Stanislaus County Office of Education. They will spend the day attending workshops and listening to speakers.