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Ground and Aerial Spaying Scheduled for this Week

Ground and Aerial Spaying Scheduled for this Week

In response to increased adult mosquito populations and/or the detection of West Nile Virus, the District is preparing to conduct ground and air spraying in the following area(s):

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.

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season


AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.

City of Tracy Hosts Free Electronic Recycling Event

City of Tracy Hosts Free Electronic Recycling Event

The City of Tracy is hosting a free E-Waste collection event on Saturday, January 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Public Works, Boyd Service Center located at 520 Tracy Boulevard, Gate #1.

The Electronic Waste Recycling Event gives residents and local businesses an opportunity to dispose of their unwanted electronic devices. Additionally, Styrofoam packaging and cardboard will also be collected free of charge.

The following items will be accepted:

• Electronics (TVs, monitors, computers, printers, VCRs, radios, stereos, cell phones,

telephones, answering machines, small countertop microwaves)

• Fluorescent bulbs (limit 20 bulbs per resident/business)

• Household batteries

• Mercury items (mercury thermometers & old thermostats, novelty items)

• Cardboard

• Clean, white (#6) polystyrene block foam packaging

• Holiday lights

The following items will NOT be accepted:

City of Tracy Hosting Free E-Waste Collection Event

The City of Tracy wil be hosting an Electronic Waste Recyling Event on Saturday, Janaury 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Public Works, Boyd Service Center at 520 Tracy Boulevard, Gate #1.

This event gives resident sa nd buisnessess an opportuntiy to dispose of unwanted elelctronic devcies. as well as styrofoam packaging and cardboard..

They wil be accepting electronics, fluorescent bulbs, household batteries, mercury items and holiday lights in addition to clean white polystyrene block foam packaging and cardboard.

They will NOT accept packing peanuts, bubble wrap, food or beverage containers, major appliances and automotive batteries.

For more information, please call 209-831-6300

Check Before You Burn begins 11th season

Check Before You Burn begins 11th season

The Valley’s most important regulation for wintertime air-pollution reduction begins its 11th season Nov. 1.

Check Before You Burn, which has resulted in historically clean wintertime air quality in the Valley, continues through February. This wood-burning curtailment program is a critical tool in minimizing harmful particulate pollution.

“The understanding and cooperation of the Valley’s residents has made this regulation the single-most cost-effective regulation on record in the air basin,” said Seyed Sadredin, the Air District’s executive director and air pollution control officer. “It’s a matter of public health.”

Two San Joaquin USA landfills prepare to fire up power plants

Two San Joaquin USA landfills prepare to fire up power plants

Two major local landfills - one private, the other operated by the county - are within months of finishing new power plants that will take harmful methane gas created by the decomposition of garbage and convert it into electricity.

The plant at privately owned Forward Landfill, a San Joaquin Partnership Investor, southeast of Stockton will have a capacity of greater than 4.3 megawatts, enough to power about 4,380 average homes at any one time.

The other plant, at the county's Foothill Landfill near Linden, weighs in at 3.5 megawatts - roughly enough to power a city the size of Lathrop.

The projects were described as helping planet and pocketbook.

"Certainly, from an environmental perspective, we want to make sure we capture all the methane and use it in a resourceful way," said Kevin Basso, general manager of landfill owner Allied Waste. "And it makes sense economically."