Weekend News Briefs from CVBT

STOCKTON
March 17, 2017 9:01pm
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•  More transportation construction announced for Valley

•  A very big heist -- partially solved

•  And 1 million residents to be returned home

Hard to shoplift. (See 2nd story)

More than $5 Million in new construction planned for Valley’s highways

The California Transportation Commission has allocated more than $217 million to 72 projects around the state for upkeep on California’s roads and bridges, make upgrades to transit and rail systems and encourage use of alternative forms of transportation, including biking and walking.

Within the Central Valley, most of the projects are small. But among the larger ones:

• $3,663,000 in the cities of Fresno and Clovis, along Highway 168 at various locations from Highway 180 to Shepherd Avenue, relocate control/pull boxes and lighting; replace, repair or relocate signs to improve safety for highway workers.

• $1,042,000 in Yuba County to improve the existing parking lot at the Caltrans District 3 office.

• $512,000 to build a bike path in Modesto to connect the Modesto Junior College east to the west campus.

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The case of the missing trammel

If you know what a trammel does, then you would not be surprised at the cost of a used one, even one that’s 20 years old.

And neither would some thieves in Fresno County.

Fresno County deputies were looking for a 1997 blue colored Power Screen 620 trommel, taken from a field in the area of Herndon and Rolinda Avenues in Fresno. Detectives have located the truck used to steal it, but until Friday evening the trailered piece of equipment remained missing.

"A tipster notified our department of its whereabouts. Specific details of where it was found will not be released, but we can say it was located approximately 15 miles away from where it was originally stolen, says Tony Botti, a spokesman for the sheriff's office.

The trommel is a piece of machinery which uses a rotary screen to separate materials. It’s commonly used to sift dirt and rocks out of mulch to create a cleaner product. This equipment is valued at $130,000, the sheriff’s office says.

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State to release 1 million rescued fish into Feather River

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife in cooperation with the National Marine Fisheries Service will release one million state and federally listed threatened spring-run Chinook salmon from the Feather River/Thermalito Annex Hatchery into the Feather River on Monday.

These are the first fish to be released that were evacuated from the Feather River Hatchery in Oroville on February 9.

That’s when Lake Oroville began to reach the top of the dam and state officials were trying to release massive amounts of water from thre reservoir.

Ultimately not only did fish have to scurry, so did 180,000 humans who lived in Oroville and other towns downstream of the dam as its regular and emergency spillways began to fail.

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Forest product permits available soon on Stanislaus National Forest

Like mushrooms, especially if they’re cheap? If you don’t mind mucking about looking for them, then the Stanislaus National Forest has a deal for you.

For just $4 per pound, minimum charge $20, one can get a permit to [ick mushrooms from the forest that sprawls across much of the east side foothills and mountains of the Valley.

Permits for mushrooms are available beginning March 20.

If that’s not cheap enough, how about free? Permits will be available later to collect firewood. There’s no charge for up to 10 cords of wood.

“Due to drought and pine beetles, we have a surplus of dead and downed trees on the forest this year, so we are offering fuelwood permits at no charge,” says Scott Tangenberg, acting Stanislaus Forest Supervisor. “Customers must still acquire a permit, have it when gathering fuelwood and follow all the terms and conditions of the permit. We will review the situation next winter and determine whether a surplus still exists before deciding what to charge for fuelwood in 2018.”

Fuelwood permits are available between April 15 and Dec. 15.

“Boughs are available under a different system than in years past,” Mr. Tangenberg says. “We will work individually with customers interested in purchasing boughs.” Customers interested in purchasing boughs should contact Dave Horak in the Forest Supervisor’s office, he says.

The forest-wide permits may be requested at the Forest Supervisor’s Office in Sonora, or at any of the four Ranger District offices on the Forest.


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