News & Notes

Time to spruce up the Modesto Arch

The Modesto Arch will get a touch-up this weekend from Orco, a Livermore construction supply company that pledged to send more than 25 volunteers for a landscaping project. Orco's employees will work under the supervision of Modesto parks employees, who asked the company to lend a hand in sprucing up planter boxes near the I Street landmark and along several adjacent blocks.

Recycle your old phone directories

As new telephone books appear on area porches, residents might wonder what to do with last year's models. Though a pile can make a fine nightstand, if you don't need yours, the city of Modesto has set up recycling bins. These are available in McHenry Village near the Gourmet Buffet restaurant, and downtown on 11th Street between J and K streets. The bins will be available throughout the month of October. Modesto residents also can use their blue bags to recycle telephone books. Other options include free drop-off at either garbage company: Bertolotti Disposal, 231 Flamingo Road, or Gilton Solid Waste, 800 S. McClure Road. For more information, call 577-5494.

TC sheriff plans awards ceremony

Nineteen people are set to receive service awards from Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele today. The awards ceremony, which is open to the public, will be at 1 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors chamber, 2 S. Green St., Sonora. Officials said the awards include lifesaving, employee service and citizen commendations. Three medals will be awarded in recognition of extraordinary performance.

FEC audit critical of Pombo spending

Former Rep. Richard Pombo of Tracy misused campaign funds during the 2004 election, a Federal Elections Commission audit found. The analysis found the re-election committee, largely run by his family, committed several violations, many of them seemingly the result of sloppy accounting. For example, the committee took in $22,400 more than allowed under law from Indian tribes, and Pombo's wife, Annette, misreported $18,752 of her income as reimbursement for campaign expenses. Pombo said they had documentation to support the spending, but the auditors wanted receipts, not canceled checks. Pombo, a Republican, was defeated by Democrat Jerry McNerney in 2006.


75 YEARS AGO: Turlock's newest industry, a cheese factory, was starting operations, according to the owners. The Zotola brothers also operated a plant in Gilroy. The factory would employ two people and more would be added as the milk supply increased. The plant had the capacity of 3,000 gallons of milk daily.

-- Karen Aiello