RIPON PICKS DOG PARK SITE: Pooches here are one step closer to getting their own park. The City Council voted Tuesday to build a dog park at Stouffer Park where canines would be free to leave their leashes to run and socialize among themselves within a fenced enclosure. The next step is designing an enclosure, said Kye Stevens, director of parks and recreation. The design and cost will go back to the City Council for final approval.
TB CHECKS INSTITUTED: Health officials plan tuberculosis checks for everyone staying at men's homeless shelters in Stockton after state laboratory test results showed the same strain had infected more than a dozen homeless men staying at the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless during the past two years. Public health officials are organizing a plan to bring mobile X-ray devices to men's shelters, where men will be required to undergo the X-rays in order to continue staying there, said Dr. Karen Furst, San Joaquin County's public health officer. Unlike skin tests, the X-rays pick up only active cases of the disease, which are contagious. "What we're concerned about is that there are more people in the homeless shelter or in the population who may have unrecognized disease and can pass it on," she said. "We are concerned there might be other people who get active cases, and we want to make sure they get treatment. Those who are found to have the illness will be required to go to the hospital and take a course of medicine to get well. State law gives the health officer the ability to take legal action against anyone who doesn't comply but, Furst said, most people want to get treatment and such cases are rare. Most of the time, the bacteria is successfully treated with medicine. She said health workers have done outreach at the shelters and given presentations to help people feel comfortable with the process.