News & Notes

Forest official fells Christmas tree idea

That dream of tromping through the Stanislaus National Forest in search of the perfect Christmas tree is over -- at least for this year. Stanislaus Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn, who earlier this year said he was considering a proposal to issue permits for holiday tree-cutting, said Monday he's decided against the idea. Under current guidelines, permit fees could not be retained locally to offset program costs. Forest managers said they may revisit the proposal in the future. Holiday tree-cutting has not been allowed in the Stanislaus for decades; a 1999 proposal to issue $10 permits failed.

Enochs High holds 'Fun with Science'

Enochs High School's forensic biotech students and science teachers will hold a "Fun with Science Night" for kindergarten- through eighth-grade students Wednesday. Demonstrations and hands-on activities will go on from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in room L-227 at Enochs High School, 1717 Sylvan Ave., Modesto. To learn more, call Dave Menshew at 550-3400, ext. 5081.

Campground closes for improvements

The Basalt Campground at San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area will be closed seven months while three restrooms and a paved trail are built. Visitors can camp at the San Luis Creek or the Medeiros campground on O'Neill Forebay, or at the Los Banos Creek Campground at Los Banos Creek Reservoir. The San Luis Creek Area will remain open to visitors during most of the project. For more information, call the park office at 826-1197.


50 YEARS AGO: Joseph E. Gallo, president of the Gallo Glass Co., announced that construction had started on a concrete and steel glass manufacturing factory on Oregon Avenue. The 31,200-square-foot building was being built on a 12-acre site between Santa Ana Avenue and Hermosa Street. The building permit estimated the cost at $237,000.

25 YEARS AGO: In a cost-saving move, Intracity Transit announced Sunday bus service would be suspended in Modesto. Dial-A-Ride would be available to the public on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

-- Karen Aiello