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Landfill Gas to Energy! Republic Services uses methane to power 1600 homes

Landfill Gas to Energy!  Republic Services uses methane to power 1600 homes

Methane is a normal by-product of decomposition in landfills. At Republic Services' Forward landfill in Eastern San Joaquin County, they have harnessed the methane and converted it into power. Republic Services, in cooperation with Ameresco, the largest renewable energy firm in the country, have constructed a 4.3 megawatt twin-turbine power plant next to the Austin Road landfill that runs on the methane pulled out of the nearby landfill. The generated power is sent to the PG&E grid and then to Silicon Valley Power, where it is used to supply 1600 homes in Santa Clara.

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Alpha Gamma Sigma & City of Hope host the 2nd Annual Delta College Be the Match donor registry drive

Alpha Gamma Sigma & City of Hope host the 2nd Annual Delta College Be the Match donor registry drive

Alpha Gamma Sigma & City of Hope will host the 2nd Annual Delta College Be the Match donor registry drive, Thur, Oct 23, 10am-2pm in Danner Hall.

Be the Match registers potential blood marrow donors and matches them with critically ill blood cancer patients. Potential donors complete a short questionnaire, then perform their own cheek swab. City of Hope takes care of the rest.

Last year, Delta’s drive was a great success. 147 students registered with Be the Match. Statewide, over 1350 students registered at Alpha Gamma Sigma (California Community College Scholastic Honor Society) sponsored events.

http://www.bethematch.org/Support-the-Cause/Donate-bone-marrow/

I-5/French Camp Road Interchange open!

I-5/French Camp Road Interchange open!

The reconstruction of one of San Joaquin USA's major traffic impediments is over and was celebrated this afternoon as completion of a key component in improving the south Stockton circulation network. Groundwork for the I-5/French Camp interchange began in the early 1990's but after much habitat mitigation, the groundbreaking took place only two years ago. The project widened French Camp road to six lanes, and constructed new loop on-ramps and auxiliary lanes on I-5 between French Camp and Downing Avenue. It also included extending Sperry Road to Arch-Airport road and realigning Manthey Road. Today is the completion of the I-5/ State Route 99 connection. City of Stockton Public Works Director Gordon MacKay said this project is expected to reduce existing traffic congestion, improve traffic operations in South Stockton and facilitate the movement of goods and services.

Public Health Officials Report First 2014 Human West Nile Virus-Related Death in San Joaquin County

Public Health Officials Report First 2014 Human West Nile Virus-Related Death in San Joaquin County

San Joaquin County Public Health Services reports the county’s first West Nile Virus (WNV) related death for 2014, is that of a woman in her sixties from the northern rural area of the county.,San Joaquin County Public Health Services reports the county’s first West Nile Virus (WNV) related death for 2014, that of a woman in her sixties from the northern rural area of the county.

“This unfortunate death reminds us of the potential danger from mosquito bites and West Nile virus,” says Dr. Alvaro Garza, San Joaquin County Public Health Officer. As of October 17, 2014, there have been 8 human cases of WNV reported in San Joaquin County, so far this year. Last year, San Joaquin County reported 8 human cases with one (1) death.

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Half Off Any Beverage at Peet's After 12 Noon in October

Half Off Any Beverage at Peet's After 12 Noon in October

Looking to save 50% off your afternoon hit of caffeine? Peet's Coffee & Tea is offering 50% off any beverage made in the store after 12 noon through Oct. 31... Read More

Stockton Chamber takes "FRESH" look at wellness in the workplace

Stockton Chamber takes "FRESH" look at wellness in the workplace

The Stockton Chamber of Commerce's conference room was full for the launch of its "FRESH" (Fitness Rejuvenates Employee Sustainability & Heath) program yesterday morning. FRESH is designed to promote the establishment of wellness programs and developing a culture of health at job sites. Guest speaker Joseph Neff of Delta Health Systems, explained that when employers take a forward thinking attitude focused on employee's health, results can be lower costs as well as increased employee attendance and productivity. Neff cited one California grocery chain that introduced a health contingent incentive program to its employees and saved $6.6 million from 2009-2013 in medical claims and saw the "heart attack rate drop dramatically." Many of yesterday's attendees already had wellness programs established in their workplaces and gave testimonials to the effectiveness of these programs in terms of reducing overall costs and employee absenteeism.

Attorney and victim's family speak out on shootout


STOCKTON - An attorney for the family of Misty and Paul Singh said Thursday that standard police practices were not used by Stockton police during a bank robbery, hostage-taking, police chase, and deadly shootout three months ago. Misty Singh was one of three hostages abducted during the robbery. She and two suspects were killed.

"Indiscriminate police gunfire was directed at the vehicle after the pursuit, knowing full well Misty was inside the vehicle. Standard practice dictates when there's a hostage inside, secure the area, hunker down and wait it out," attorney Greg Bentley said.