News & Notes

Academic battle rages over Civil War

Nearly 150 years after Confederate forces surrendered, Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin county students will test their Civil War knowledge Saturday

in this year's Academic Decathlon. The public is invited to attend the Super Quiz and awards ceremonies at each county location:

  • Stanislaus County, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Super Quiz, awards to follow, Enochs High School Gymnasium, 3201 Sylvan Ave., Modesto.
  • Merced County, 3:45 p.m. Super Quiz, 7 p.m. awards, Merced College Theater, 3600 M St., Merced.
  • San Joaquin County, 2 p.m. Super Quiz, 3:20 p.m. awards, Scottish Rite Auditorium, 33 W. Alpine Ave., Stockton.Teams compete for awards, scholarships and a chance to represent their county at the State Academic Decathlon in Sacramento in March.
  • Readings put snow pack above normal

    Snow surveyors are trudging through the central Sierra to find out just how much snow there is and how much water it contains. The steady onslaught of storms and accompanying avalanche risk are keeping snow-shoe clad surveyors and their helicopters out of the most remote areas, though the state Department of Water Resources still expects to receive some of the results next week from the monthly survey that started Thursday.The data that have come in looks good, said Elissa Lynn, senior meteorologist for the state Department of Water Resources. Early estimates suggest that the water content of snowfall in the central Sierra is 103 percent of normal. That's the watershed for the Tuolumne and Stanislaus rivers. The southern Sierra, which is the source of the San Joaquin River, is estimated at 124 percent of normal.

    Pedestrian dies after cars hit him

    A pedestrian hit by two vehicles on South Ninth Street on Wednesday night died of his injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol. The 50-year-old man wasn't in a crosswalk when he ran across the street about 9:30 p.m. some 100 yards north of Hosmer Avenue. Page B-3


    50 YEARS AGO: A program launched by the Modesto Retail Merchants Downtown Division with the city of Modesto's blessing to place decorative trees on downtown streets got under way as the first sample, a California incense cedar in a redwood planter box, was put on display at Ninth and J streets. The goal was to put approximately 135 trees along the streets within four months.

    25 YEARS AGO: Four Stanislaus County parks were set to receive funding under an urgency measure introduced in the state Senate. More than 150 parks throughout California would receive funds. Parks designated to receive funds in Stanislaus County were Woodward Reservoir, Tuolumne River Regional Park, Ceres City Park and Smyrna Park. -- Karen Aiello