Ken Carlson, The Modesto Bee

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Past articles by Ken:

Stanislaus County leader won’t seek another term. Is her political career over?

Stanislaus County Supervisor Kristin Olsen announced Monday she won’t seek re-election next year to another term. According to her statement, she is ending her 15-year political career. → Read More

Stanislaus physician training program threatened with loss of federal funding

Two years after Congress extended a funding source for training family physicians, Stanislaus County’s residency program is again facing a fiscal cliff. Millions of dollars in support for training badly needed primary care physicians would be lost if Congress does not reauthorize the Teaching Health Centers program. → Read More

Leadership shakeup at Stanislaus County mental health. Officials promise an overhaul

Stanislaus County leaders have appointed a new mental health director with the expectation of getting better results from a county department whose annual budget exceeds $130 million. → Read More

Harder to seek federal funds for education, skills training. But can he get a bill passed?

Rep. Josh Harder, D-Turlock, listened to local educators, school administrators and economic development experts Tuesday as he prepares to draft legislation that would target federal funding for labor needs in the Central Valley. → Read More

Nike cancels release of July Fourth sneaker. Kaepernick took offense.

A Nike sneaker bearing an early American flag won’t be released for sale on the advice of former NFL star Colin Kaepernick, the Wall Street Journal reported. → Read More

Stanislaus County makes leadership change at troubled Consolidated fire district

Stanislaus County leaders have appointed two new members to the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District board, replacing the former president and a board member whose furniture sales to the district were exposed in 2017. → Read More

Modesto hospital launches new service. Would you want a robot operating on your heart?

Modesto, California’s Doctors Medical Center has launched a program in which a surgical robot does coronary artery bypass operations. The service is offered in few communities across the country. → Read More

Stanislaus County looks at buying voting system. Is foreign influence really a threat?

Whether foreign tampering is a threat or not, Stanislaus County could enter an agreement with the state for the purchase of vote-counting equipment before the March 2020 primary. → Read More

Supporters of charter school for English learners make case to Stanislaus County board

Supporters of a charter school petition packed the board chambers Tuesday at the Stanislaus County Office of Education, urging board members to approve a school choice for parents of English learner students who have bigger dreams. → Read More

Language Institute teachers want to leave Davis, form new charter school in Modesto

Teachers who earned kudos for educating refugee and immigrant students at the Language Institute in Modesto want to leave Davis High School and form a charter school. → Read More

Clean water crisis: Stanislaus County asks state to allow bottled water in hardship cases

Stanislaus County will ask the state to consider use of bottled water as a permanent alternative for small public water systems that are in violation of safe drinking water standards. → Read More

Newsom wants $2.5M from county health services diverted to cover immigrants

Local officials are concerned that Stanislaus County’s public health services could lose $2.5 million in funding due to a state proposal for extending health coverage to young adults who are not legal residents. → Read More

Bloomingcamp Ranch has affordable solution. ‘We are not (going) anywhere,’ co-owner says.

The owners of Bloomingcamp Ranch near Oakdale, California, said they will submit an affordable water treatment plan by a deadline Friday and will stay in business. → Read More

Stanislaus authorities seek boyfriend, two others, in death of woman found in car

Stanislaus County authorities are looking for three suspects in the death of a woman whose body was found last month north of Woodward Reservoir. The body of Beranea Moreno was found in the trunk of a car. → Read More

E-scooter rentals could get a test run in Modesto. What you need to know

Modesto could give a test run to electric scooter rentals as a form of alternative transportation. → Read More

Street medicine team will keep serving homeless in Stanislaus. Will it make a difference?

In Stanislaus County, a street medicine team that helps homeless people like Dana Chavez is funded through December and beyond. → Read More

What Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said at Modesto Junior College

Beto O’Rourke, as part of his first visit to California since announcing his candidacy for president, paid a visit to Modesto. He talked of a big plan for climate change, coming hours after a visit to Yosemite. → Read More

Flagman injured in reported race event in western Stanislaus County

Emergency services were dispatched Saturday to the former Crows Landing Navy airfield on a report that a vehicle struck a pedestrian. → Read More

Harder unveils bill funding Valley water projects, including reservoir near Patterson

Rep. Josh Harder, D-Turlock, thinks there is a better way to find water solutions for California’s Central Valley and to stop squandering water in wet years that’s needed in dry years. → Read More

Tassy the therapy dog makes the rounds at a Modesto hospital

Geri Azevedo volunteers as a therapy dog handler at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, California. She and her dog, Tassy, showed how they cheer up patients on Friday, April 19, 2019. → Read More