News & Notes

Fire at Tahoe leaves tourism in ashes

As the south shore at Lake Tahoe enters its typically slow post-Labor Day "shoulder season," tourism officials are still tabulating the devastating effect of June's Angora fire on the area's economy. By many accounts, occupancy in hotels, motels and vacation rentals through July was down 8 percent or more compared with the same period a year ago. Page B-5

Parent forum set on last week's fights

Patterson Unified School District will hold a parents' forum at 7 p.m. Monday to address concerns related to a series of fights last week at Patterson High School. The forum will be at Apricot Valley Elementary School, 1320 Henley Parkway. For more information, call the school district at 895-7700. The Patterson City Council will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday to receive comments and field questions about the incidents. It will be in council chambers, 1 Plaza, Patterson.

Calling military kin: Honor those serving

The Bee is searching for information about men and women from the Modesto area serving in the Middle East as part of our weekly "In Service" feature, which appears Sundays. Family members wanting to submit information should include name, age, rank, branch of service, hometown, specialty, where they're serving, names of immediate family members and their hometowns, and a little background on the service member. A color photo also is needed. Send information to Pat Machado, P.O. Box 5256, Modesto 95352; or e-mail pmachado@modbee.com.

Police looking for a few good residents

Modesto police will start another session of Citizens Academy on Oct. 18. The academy is free and available for people age 14 and older. The classes will be held Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Modesto Police Department, 600 10th St. The eight-week academy is designed to inform the community about how the department deals with issues such as gangs, drugs, crime scene investigation, identity theft, vehicle pursuits and family violence. Participants will have opportunities to see demonstrations from the K-9 unit and the Special Weapons and Tactics team, along with participating in shooting and driving simulations. Only the first 50 applicants will be accepted. Applications can be picked up at department headquarters or online at www.modestopolice.com. For more information, call Jack Smith at the Modesto Police Department at 342-9140.