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Keep the fire triangle in mind this fire season

Keep the fire triangle in mind this fire season


The fire season started early and is already keeping firefighters busy.

The lack of rain during the 2013-2014 rainy season combined with the two previous dry years, added up to critical fire conditions.

Most fires require three elements to ignite: fuel, oxygen and heat. This is illustrated as a fire triangle. Removing one of the elements will extinguish or prevent fires. The triangle is a helpful tool when surveying our own fire risk.

When we look at our current year, there is plenty of dry brush for fuel due to the drought. Winds can help to further dry vegetation making it prime for catching fire and quickly spreading. Clearing dry brush can help to minimize this spreading.

Oxygen is present naturally in our atmosphere.

Finally, heat is especially common during the late spring and through the summer.

Greater Stockton Employer Advisory Council wins top honors

Greater Stockton Employer Advisory Council  wins top honors

The Greater Stockton Employer Advisory Council (GSEAC) has received the 2014 California Employer Advisory Council Outstanding California EAC award. This award is based on several factors including the underlying question the Awards Committee asked: "Is California and/or your community a better place as a result of what the Employer Advisory Council (EAC) or individual has done?" The goal of the GSEAC is to promote a stronger partnership between the Employment Development Department (EDD) and the business community of San Joaquin County. GSEAC members are a cross section of local employer volunteers who join with EDD staff to assist the employer community to do business more effectively and to promote communication. It's objectives include: giveing back to the community, advocating local workforce development efforts, supporting veterans' stand downs, and providing scholarships to local area young people.

San Joaquin County Public Health Services Recreational Water Illness and Injury Advisory

San Joaquin County Public Health Services Recreational Water Illness and Injury Advisory

Source: Krista Dommer, San Joaquin County Public Health Services

A tribute to a family patriarch: Viñedos Aurora’s new Don Victor

A tribute to a family patriarch:  Viñedos Aurora’s new Don Victor

The 2010 Viñedos Aurora Don Victor Lodi Reserva de la Casa ($39) is a deep, dark, brawny and rippling red wine; produced from Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and Petite Sirah (40%) sourced completely from the 40-acre Clements Hills-Lodi AVA vineyard farmed by the four Anaya brothers – Victor Jr., Ramon, Armando and Gerardo.

Despite the Don Victor’s swarthy masculinity, there is also a sweet note of blueberryish fruit singing the wine’s sun bronzed Lodi origin, while mildly smoky, vanillin French oak adds a brush of elegance – think of a smiling, raggedy haired Viggo Mortensen in a velvet jacket, right about to break some ankles... Read More

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Stockton Mayor: "Our stock is rising"

Stockton Mayor: "Our stock is rising"

Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva's State of the City message was that the city hit rock bottom in 2012 and is on the way up financially and down on the crime forefront. He urged attendees to "Invest in Stockton now because our stock is rising." Silva spoke at the annual State of the City event today at the Port of Stockton, co-sponsored by the Stockton Chamber of Commerce, City of Stockton and the Port. His remarks served as an introduction for recently appointed Stockton City Manager Kurt Wilson. Wilson gave a chronological overview of Stockton's fiscal crisis that resulted in bankruptcy. He said the city was, amongst other factors, unprepared for the "Great Recession", and was overextended. He said the city's self-assessment of finance and operations led to development of steps to recover, including eliminating retiree health benefits.

6 things you should know about sunscreen

6 things you should know about sunscreen
By Jeff Maher/News10 Did you know that about 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society? Remember to protect your skin and use sunscreen if you're heading outdoors this Memorial Day. Here are six things to know and consider about sunscreen as summer kicks off: 1. Check labels for the term "broad-spectrum." That means it protects against both the UVA rays which cause wrinkles and cancer as well as the UVB rays which cause burns. 2. Dermatologists say SPF 30 is the new SPF 15. Doctors are now recommending SPF 30 more than SPF 15 because the former blocks 97 percent of UVB rays. 3. Check expiration dates. Sunscreen becomes less effective about three years after you open the container. 4. Apply at least two layers of sunscreen. 5.

2014 Weekly Challenge #21 - Use SUNCREEN

2014 Weekly Challenge #21 - Use SUNCREEN

It is starting to heat up outside and its a good time to remember to protect your skin from the sun.

Sunscreen does double duty - The regular use of sunscreen helps protect your skin from cancer-causing sun exposure, and can help your skin look younger. Protecting your health AND your looks? Sounds great to me!

Your face, neck and chest need the most protection. The skin on these areas are the most delicate and are most likely to show signs of aging (due to the fact that these 3 areas typically get the most sun exposure). DON'T FORGET YOUR SCALP! Ditch those visors and wear a hat - many cases of melanoma occur first on the scalp (where you are unlikely to notice it).
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