News & Notes

Attendance facts

For the second year in a row, many schools in Stanislaus County are participating in the "Every Day Counts" campaign to focus attention on the importance of student attendance and to raise attendance rates. Did you know? ...

The number of languages other than English spoken by Stanislaus County students is 39.

Houseboat rules considered today

Houseboat dwellers anchored indefinitely on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta face a possible eviction by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors. The board is set to vote today on whether to pass strict standards for those living on county waters, including requiring proof of properly disposing of human waste and a 30-day maximum stay on habitable boats. Those without approved living quarters are limited to 15 days. The vote follows a similar decision in Contra Costa County, a move that sheriff's officials believe has driven vessels of questionable seaworthiness into San Joaquin County. The time limit doesn't apply to docked boats. The board will meet at 9 a.m. on the seventh floor at 222 E. Weber Ave., Stockton.

Denham hits the road for McCain

State Sen. Jeff Denham, R-Merced, took his endorsement of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., all the way to New Hampshire, the site of today's presidential primary. Denham spent eight days campaigning for McCain, returning to California on Saturday, Denham said. "I made a lot of phone calls, knocked on some doors, went to some town hall meetings," said Denham, who went to New Hampshire with his wife and two school-age children. "I expect Sen. McCain to do very well (tonight), and I expect Barack Obama to do well, too." Denham, who was in Sacramento for the start of the 2008 legislative session Monday, said he will campaign with McCain in California at the end of the month. He said that trip probably will not include a stop in Denham's district, which includes parts of Merced and Stanislaus counties.

MJC tours delayed

Rainy weather has postponed two tours of Modesto Junior College's auditorium construction this week. The public was invited to the tours today and Wednesday afternoon, but recent storms have prompted officials to cancel the tours and reschedule them at a date to be determined.


25 YEARS AGO: The Davis High School boys soccer team snapped Beyer's Central California Conference unbeaten streak at 38 games by pounding the Patriots 4-1. Beyer hadn't lost a CCC match since Feb. 12, 1980, when Downey beat the Patriots 2-1. -- Karen Aiello