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Vernalis Interchange completed - financed by local quarries working "together"

Vernalis Interchange completed - financed by local quarries working "together"

Former "death trap" now safe for truckers and motorists Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held this morning for the State Route 132/Bird Road Interchange in Vernalis. The ceremony culminated 20 "years in the making", celebrating a new interchange, with related highway improvements done through cooperation of competitors, at State Route 132/Bird Road. Once called a "death trap" because of the necessity for making a dangerous left hand turn, especially in foggy weather, from Bird Road onto SR 132 it was hailed this morning as an improved safety route for both truckers and motorists. Several gravel quarries are located in the Vernalis area, due to significant aggregate deposits that blanket the area near State Route 132/Bird Road. The prior intersection could not accommodate the current and projected trucks needed to transport these resources to market. The materials at these quarries serve the construction industry throughout the greater San Joaquin Valley and San Francisco Bay Area.

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Higher tax to bring more police but how quickly ?


STOCKTON - Shoppers in Stockton will pay a higher sales tax beginning Tuesday and Chief of Police Eric Jones couldn't be happier.

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The higher tax, 9 cents on the dollar, will pay for 120 new officers to be added over the next three years, but that won't be easy to accomplish.

Jones will struggle to get those positions filled because Stockton keeps losing so many officers to retirement or to other cities that offer higher pay.

"I do believe we'll get to 120 but frankly in a three-year period, it's a tall order. One of my greatest challenges is to fill 40 each year over the next three years," Jones said.

Stockton family reunited with missing Yorkie after break-in


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SACRAMENTO - A Stockton family's pleas for the return of their missing beloved dog were answered Monday morning.

Owner Nancy Burruel said she believed Zoe, a 10-year-old Yorkie, was stolen during a break-in at her home in the West Mendocino area of Stockton Wednesday, March 26.

Burruel said she left her home to run a few quick errands and when she returned she found the security gate open, the side door kicked in, and little Zoe gone.

Televisions, computers and jewelry were all stolen during the invasion but it was Zoe Burruel begged to have returned.

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These survivors have lived to tell their stories of overcoming violent and abusive situations. Not everyone is that fortunate. The Women's Center, Youth and Family Services provides a multitude of support to help those who are struggling get out of harm's way.

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Partnership Annual Meeting in Stockton sparks conversations on critical issues

Partnership Annual Meeting in Stockton sparks conversations on critical issues

• Ideas on solving water and labor shortages, reducing healthcare costs and educating our next generations generate excitement... • 2014 called "Comeback year" •Ideas on solving water and labor shortages, reducing healthcare costs and educating our next generations generate excitement... •2014 called "Comeback year"

Old ships in delta may be on move again


STOCKTON - At Herman and Helen's Marina northwest of Stockton, it's no longer houseboats drawing attention. These days it's several old ships under renovation.

The largest is the Aurora at nearly 300 feet and built in the 1950s in Germany. It was a cruise ship and the owner of the Aurora hopes to restore it into a maritime museum.

"My goal: To make it the first luxury liner museum. We're thinking of loading this ship with artifacts from older vessels that are out of existence, and make this the place to find history of luxury liner ships," owner Chris Willson said.

Next to the Aurora is a Canadian minesweeper, and nearby, a ship that used to be a lighthouse supply vessel.

Celebration! San Joaquin County ACE turns 15 and opens new facility!

Celebration! San Joaquin County ACE turns 15 and opens new facility!

The Altamont Corridor Express (ACE), which provides passenger rail service from the San Joaquin Valley, through the Tri-Valley area and into the Bay Area celebrated its 15th Anniversary Saturday by opening the doors to the just-completed maintenance facility in Stockton. About 400 people attended the event which detailed the history of ACE as well as giving a informative fun-filled explanation of the state-of-the art equipment using members of the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission. The $58 million Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) maintenance and storage facility is on a 64-acre site that was once American Moulding Products. The vacant field changed from eyesore to repair yard since the ribbon cutting August 26, 2011. It will be the first LEED certified rail maintenance facility in the nation utilizing photovoltiac panels and rainwater harvesting. Bryan Pennino, of Pennino Management Group, awas the project manager.