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Police stepping up anti-DUI efforts

Law enforce- ment agencies throughout Stanislaus County will be joining together to conduct DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols this weekend as part of the Avoid the Twelve campaign. Saturation patrols are scheduled today, Sunday and Monday in Modesto, Patterson and Ceres. The Turlock Police Department will set up sobriety checkpoints around the city tonight, and a DUI checkpoint is scheduled for Saturday in Modesto. The Riverbank Police Department will conduct a drunken driving- driver's license checkpoint Sunday. The stepped-up efforts are aimed at reducing alcohol-related injuries and deaths within Stanislaus County, and are funded through state and federal grants.

Got some time? Center needs you

The Parent Resource Center is looking for volunteers to help with in-home mentoring, labor and delivery support, co-facilitating parenting classes, and as childcare assistants and special event volunteers. The center is a nonprofit, child abuse prevention agency that depends heavily on volunteers. An orientation will be held

Jan. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 811 Fifth St., Modesto. For more information, call Cindy at 549-8193 or e-mail prc@prcfamilies.org.

Modesto murder case moves forward

The case against accused murderer Russell Jones

moved forward in the courts Thursday when the suspect's attorney acknowledged that

prosecutors had turned over investigative reports to the defense. Jones, 47, is accused in the killing of 36-year-old Dena Raley-McCluskey of Modesto eight years ago.

Meet the press

Ever wonder how The Bee's editors decide which stories and photos deserve to be on Page A-1? Find out through the "Meet the Press" program, which invites readers to attend a 4 p.m. news meeting. To reserve a spot, contact Donna Moullette at dmoullette@modbee.com or 578-2351.

Yesteryears

50 YEARS AGO: Elementary school district trustees in Turlock closed the 46-year-old Lowell and Hawthorne schools, saying the buildings were structurally unsafe. The schools' 1,400 students were transferred to the district's four other schools. To accommodate the new students, the schools would operate on a double- shift schedule until two new schools were constructed. The construction was expected to be completed in December 1959 or early 1960.

25 YEARS AGO: Dodge Ridge general manager Rick Flint said skiing was considerably better than the previous year. In 1981, the ski slopes at Dodge opened Dec. 30, and for the 1982 season, they had been open since Nov. 12. Flint said if the weather held, it could be the first full ski season since 1978-79. -- Karen Aiello

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