News & Notes

Sierra resources subject of summit

Three top state officials will take part in a summit Friday in Sonora on natural resource issues in the Sierra Nevada. The event, open to the public, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Manzanita Building at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds on Stockton Road. The speakers include Ruben Grijalva, director of Cal Fire; Lester Snow, director of the California Department of Water Resources; and Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board. Tom Bonnicksen, professor emeritus of forest science at Texas A&M University, also will speak. The Tuolumne County Alliance for Resources and Environment, which supports logging and other resource uses, is co-hosting the summit. The other co-hosts are state Sen. Dave Cogdill, R-Modesto; Assemblyman Tom Berryhill, R-Modesto; and Rep. George Radanovich, R-Mariposa.

Eagles open their doors to VFW post

After the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3199 lost its Hatch Road headquarters to fire in August, several other community groups stepped up to help. Newest is the Modesto Eagles fraternity, which announced that it will open its facility at 126 Camellia Way to the post. On Friday evening, officers of both organizations will gather at the hall for the first VFW meeting there.

Campaign sign irks Oakdale candidate

Oakdale Irrigation District candidate Frank Clark is beginning to think some people don't like him. Signs are popping up around town that bear Clark's name with a big red circle around it with a slash through the middle -- the international sign for "No." Clark isn't quite sure who's responsible for the road signs. Page B-2


75 YEARS AGO: Three students, Kenneth Blankenburg, Lorene Cuneo and Isabel Cesmat, all of Modesto, made straight-A records at Modesto Junior College to head the roll of honor, as announced by The Collegian, the junior college newspaper. Blankenburg made the highest record as he carried 17½ units. Cuneo carried 16½ units; and Cesmat, 12½.

25 YEARS AGO: Spurred by the elimination of orchestral music by the Modesto City Schools and financed by a $9,000 grant by the James Irvine Foundation of San Francisco, the Modesto Symphony was about to organize an orchestra for high-school age musicians. The ensemble would be known as the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra.

-- Karen Aiello

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