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Incentives offered to help clean air

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is offering incentives for people to trade in their wood stoves and fireplace inserts for cleaner burning models. People in the eight-county district can apply for $350 vouchers toward the purchase of natural gas or propane stoves or inserts. Applications are available and will be accepted through April 30, or until the $108,000 fund is depleted. Applicants must be full-time residents of a county within the air district, such as Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced. Application forms are available at www.valleyair.org or at 4800 Enterprise Way, Modesto, or call 557-6400.

Attendance facts

In a continuing effort to raise the awareness of the importance of school attendance and increase attendance rates, schools throughout Stanislaus County kicked off a second year of

the "Every Day Counts" Attendance Campaign. After last year's campaign, 17 school districts in Stanislaus County reported improved attendance rates overall, with six of those attaining a half-percent increase or more.

Did you know ...

If a student has a doctor's appointment during the day, parents are asked to have their children attend the rest of the day. School districts receive funding if students attend even part of the day, and it reinforces the importance of going to school.

Gutter is sinking

People driving through the intersection at Roselle and Sylvan avenues might notice the gutter is sinking. Contractor Teichert Construction will repair the section under warranty at no cost to the city, said Kris Ohlson, senior civil engineer for Modesto. Repairs could have began as early as Monday. Since an inspector noticed a couple of weeks ago that the gutter had sunk about an inch, it has dropped an additional 2½ to 3 inches, Ohlson said. It doesn't pose a driving hazard, because vehicles don't typically drive along the gutter, he said. But he said crews might have to cordon off the slow lane in order to tear up the curb and gutter and surrounding grass and pack in more dirt. Ohlson said crews suspect the problem stems from workers failing to fully compact dirt around a pipeline while building the curb and gutter.

Yesteryears

75 YEARS AGO: With the beginning of the new year, Superior Court Judge L.W. Fulkerth started his 36th consecutive year on the bench in Stanislaus County, becoming one of California's longest-serving jurists. Before serving on the bench, Fulkerth was district attorney of Stanislaus County.

50 YEARS AGO: Logan Champ, Modesto wrestling matchmaker, ended a career of nearly 50 years. Champ, a one-time national welterweight champion, decided to retire so he could travel and take things easy. He had been associated with the weekly wrestling shows at the Uptown Arena in Modesto for eight years.

-- Karen Aiello

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