News & Notes

Man is diagnosed with West Nile fever

The West Nile virus has sickened another person in San Joaquin County, health officials confirmed Thursday. The 66-year-old man lives in central San Joaquin County, according to the San Joaquin County West Nile Virus Task Force. It did not disclose his name, but said he has West Nile fever, the milder form of the virus. The case brings the number of victims in the county to four. One of them, an 86-year-old man, died in July. He suffered from the more severe form of the disease, which affects the nervous system, county officials said. Nine people statewide have died from the disease. Stanislaus County has reported four people infected and Merced County has reported one case.

Next X-Fest set

The books are closed on Xclamation Festival 2007, and the Modesto City Council's Safety and Communities Committee this week endorsed a date for next year's downtown concert -- July 19. A new report on X-Fest 2007 shows concert promoter Chris Ricci paid Modesto $29,282 out of tickets sales. He drew 15,000 people to the show with a mix of music acts. Ricci reimbursed the Modesto Police Department $44,000 for security at the event. Police arrested 36 people at X-Fest in July. None of the arrests was for a serious offense, the report said. The City Council must sign off on the proposed 2008 concert date at a later meeting.


75 YEARS AGO: The Broadway Theater Building in Turlock was declared structurally sound by a supervising engineer of the Industrial Accident Commission. George L. Bare of Modesto, who had an option to use the premises for theatrical productions, sought the ruling on safety.

50 YEARS AGO: Acting Police Chief William Coulson announced that hubcap theft had fallen at least 30 percent since the opening of the year's hubcap marking campaign. Hubcabs marked with the owner's license number were not easy for thieves to use themselves, sell or trade. Most area service stations and garages offered free hubcap marking. -- Karen Aiello