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Downtown Stockton Alliance shifts to new plug-in electric vehicles for maintenance fleet

The Downtown Stockton Alliance has switched to an all-electric fleet of maintenance vehicles. A nearly $100,000 grant from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District allowed the switch to the new Polaris Ranger buggies, which may be small, but are capable of hauling up to 1,700 pounds in cargo.    They're even four-wheel drive.

Even the drivers are still sometimes surprised when they fire up their buggies and are met with virtual silence.

"This is such a step up," worker Brandon Trahan said as he and his partner pressure-washed graffiti off a San Joaquin Street structure.

It'll be quieter, and it should be cheaper. Last year the alliance burned through $17,000 in gas for its John Deere vehicles. Maintenance costs were also increasing as those vehicles got older.

Now some of that gas money can be spent on other things, Trahan said.

"It allows us to do more for the community," he said.

Smoke from Aspen, other fires infiltrates Valley floor

Smoke from Aspen, other fires infiltrates Valley floor

New health caution for the eight-county air basin

The Aspen Fire and other fires burning in northern California and Oregon have prompted local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement for smoke impacts in the entire Valley air basin. This includes San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern counties as well as the foothill and mountain areas.

Did you see the ring around the sun?

Did you see the ring around the sun?

If you were outside today, you may have noticed a giant ring around the sun. That ring is actually the reflection of ice crystals from high cirrus clouds, according to EarthSky.org

The ring was seen all over the area by News10 viewers, including Roseville and Stockton. Did you get a chance to see it?

Rebate offered for buyiing new lawn mowers

San Joaquin County residents can get back up to $250 if they trade in their gas-powered mower for a new electric model.The Clean Green Yard Machines Rebate Program helps clean the Valley's air by offering incentives for residents to retire their old gas lawn mowers in favor of nonpolluting, cordless electric lawn mowers.Valley residents can receive up to $250 as a rebate for the purchase of an eligible new cordless electric mower from approved providers. To be eligible for a rebate, electric mowers must be purchased on or after the program launch date of June 4, 2013. Purchases made prior to June 4 are ineligible.Rebates will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis until program funds are exhausted. For questions regarding the program and its requirements, please contact staff at 559-230-5800.

 

FREE Electronic Waste Disposal Delta College on Sat. June 8

FREE Electronic Waste Disposal Delta College on Sat. June 8

The FREE Electronic Waste Disposal at Delta College will take palce on Sat. June 8 from 9AM - 1PM in the Shima 2 Parking Lot. Clean out your garage and bring everything you have! To find out more information on the items accepted, please call (209) 234-7994 or visit http://onsiteelectronicsrecycling.com/

Gusty winds prompt health caution

Gusty winds prompt health caution

Blowing dust in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, and the valley portion of Kern counties poses potential health concern

Local air pollution officials are issuing a health cautionary statement effective through Wednesday night, May 22, 2013, because of blowing dust resulting from gusty winds. The health caution is in effect for San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, and the valley portion of Kern counties.

Winds may produce areas of localized dust, which can result in unhealthy concentrations of particulate matter 10 microns and smaller (PM10). Exposure to particulate pollution can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, trigger asthma attacks and bronchitis, and increase risk of respiratory infections.

REXPO IX in Stockton Wows

REXPO  IX in Stockton Wows

REXPO IX WOWS