J.N. Sbranti, The Modesto Bee

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Past articles by J.N.:

MODESTO: Stanislaus considers new rules for groundwater wells

A new Stanislaus County groundwater ordinance and possible well-drilling moratorium will be considered Wednesday. → Read More

OID to consider irrigation water rate increases

Water rate increases will be discussed – and possibly approved – Tuesday morning by the Oakdale Irrigation District’s board of directors. The proposed price increase would be the first in more than 30 years. → Read More

Homes become less affordable as prices climb

Stanislaus County homes became less affordable this spring, but sales prices dipped a little in July, just-released reports show. → Read More

Well owners may be required to reveal how much they’re pumping

Stanislaus County officials are considering rewriting the county’s groundwater ordinance to require that all well owners reveal how much they’re pumping and how far their wells’ water levels have fallen. → Read More

Ceres teachers face 8.5 percent pay cut

The Ceres school district gave teachers a final take-it-or-leave-it contract offer Tuesday, insisting they accept an 8.5 percent pay cut to save jobs and protect students from having their school year shortened. → Read More

Riverbank’s wastewater plant will become more energy efficient

Riverbank will install more energy-efficient technology at its wastewater treatment plant → Read More

MERCED: Starting early is the key to preparing for college

UC Merced’s admissions director offers advice about how to prepare for college → Read More

OAKDALE: OID board hears Valley Home’s well worries

Valley Home residents packed Tuesday’s Oakdale Irrigation District board meeting to voice concerns about wells going dry in their community. OID’s directors listened, but they offered no help. → Read More

OAKDALE: OID to discuss Valley Home groundwater problems Tuesday

The Oakdale Irrigation District has significantly increased its groundwater pumping around Valley Home, but the water agency’s staff has concluded that OID is not to blame for wells running dry in that rural community. → Read More

Sikh volunteers spend Saturday serving community

Sikh community members volunteered their time to public service Saturday to mark anniversary of mass shooting → Read More

Dry wells at Stanislaus homes triggering government action

There’s been a flurry of action on multiple fronts to address the spreading problem of domestic wells going dry in Stanislaus County. → Read More

Assyrians will rally Saturday to protest persecution of Christians in Iraq

Assyrians will rally Saturday to protest persecution of Christians in Iraq → Read More

Don’s Mobile Glass planning move to Scenic Drive in Modesto

Don’s Mobile Glass is considering an expansion and move onto the former Scenic Nursery site → Read More

Study shows health care workers less educated in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties

Most health care workers in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties have not attained a bachelor’s degree. → Read More

Valley foreclosures continue to decline

The number of foreclosures has continued declining throughout the Northern San Joaquin Valley. This April, May and June, only 170 Stanislaus County homes were lost to foreclosure, which was 26.7percent less than the spring of 2013, according to DataQuick. → Read More

Monthly rents hit record highs in Stanislaus County

Modesto, Turlock and Manteca had record-high apartment rents this spring → Read More

Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance gets new, shorter name

The Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance has shortened its name to Stanislaus Business Alliance. → Read More

Stanislaus County irrigation districts pumping record amounts of groundwater

Some Stanislaus County irrigation districts are pumping record amounts of groundwater to compensate for drought. → Read More

Oakdale Irrigation District takes on update of rates, other charges

The Oakdale Irrigation District provides its farmers about the cheapest water in California, but the board took a step Wednesday toward updating its charges for special services, and will start tackling its overall rate structure soon. → Read More

PATTERSON: Restoration Hardware will build, bring jobs in Stanislaus County

Upscale home furnishings retailer Restoration Hardware officially will open a massive 1.5 million-square-foot warehouse and distribution center in Patterson, creating hundreds of jobs in Stanislaus County, according to legal documents recorded last week. → Read More