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Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 12:00 am

Thieves forced open an electrical box and stole $25,000 to $30,000 worth of wiring at about 7 a.m. Monday at Mokelumne River School, said Deputy Les Garcia, a San Joaquin Sheriff's spokesman.

The burglary caused the school to be closed Monday, Principal Shannon Woodard said. She refused to comment further because the investigation is ongoing.

Maggie Creamer

North San Joaquin Water Conservation District applies for federal grant

The North San Joaquin Water Conservation District approved a motion to apply for a federal grant that would be used for the construction of recharge and irrigation infrastructure at Tracy Lake at its meeting Monday morning.

If the district were to earn the grant, it would not move forward and accept it unless Measure C passes, district manager Ed Steffani said.

Measure C is an initiative on the June ballot that would enable to district to impose a groundwater tax to pay for infrastructure projects.

At the meeting, the board also approved a proposal that would enable the district to conduct a mailed ballot election if Measure C is adopted. District director Mark Beck said he voted in favor of the proposal because it enables as many people as possible to voice their support or displeasure with Measure C.

Jordan Guinn

California Highway Patrol to seek drunken drivers

In an effort to reduce the number of DUI-related fatalities on Cinco de Mayo, the California Highway Patrol will conduct a DUI/driver's license checkpoint on Wednesday.

Funding for the program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Ross Farrow

Liberty Ranch students win Best Design Award

The Liberty Ranch High School Architecture Construction Engineering team won the Best Design Award for the Sacramento Regional ACE Competition.

The award was announced at the awards banquet Friday at the Double Tree Hotel in Sacramento. The team of Austin Lemire-Baeten, Anthony Tiapon, Thomas Dehoney, Osmara Siordia, Chris McCoy, William Applegate, Zachary Gong and James Roman presented their design to a group of industry professionals on April 24 at Rosemont High School in Sacramento.

In the competition, ACE groups at various local high schools, working with professionals from the architecture, construction and engineering fields, worked on designs for a proposed transportation hub at The Railyards in downtown Sacramento.

The groups had a budget of $20 million and were responsible for meeting certain requirements for the transportation hub.

The Liberty Ranch ACE group created a design that featured a LEED Gold standard transportation hub, parking garage, sculpture park, amphitheater and other amenities.

"To have an opportunity in high school to work on a real-life building project and present to industry professionals is rare, and the students did a great job of rising up to the challenge," Liberty Ranch engineering teacher Steve Box said in a press release. He was also the ACE adviser.

"It is especially impressive considering the group was comprised of only freshmen and sophomores. They have a bright future ahead of them," he said.

— News-Sentinel staff

Veterans legislation passes subcommittee

Legislation to improve medical care for veterans passed the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health last week, according to Rep. Jerry McNerney's office.

House Resolution 5145 is supported by the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Paralyzed Veterans of America, said McNerney, D-Pleasanton.

The resolution, which McNerney introduced, encourages VA medical professionals to participate in continuing education courses in their field of practice. The VA would cover for such classes from $1,000 to $1,600, the first time the reimbursement rate would be increased since 1991, according to McNerney.

HR 5145 is expected to be considered by the full House Committee on Veterans Affairs.

Ross Farrow

Congress hopefuls launch radio campaigns

Republicans David Harmer, of San Ramon, and Tony Amador, of Lodi, launched 60-second radio commercials this week as they seek the Republican nomination for the 11th Congressional District seat held by Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton.

Meanwhile, Brad Goehring, of Clements, has announced that the California Farm Bureau has endorsed his candidacy. The state Farm Bureau represents 80,000 people.

Elizabeth Emken, of Danville, is also seeking the Republican nomination.

Ross Farrow

Clovis chamber endorses Berryhill

The Clovis Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Tom Berryhill, of Oakdale, for the 14th Senate District seat held by Dave Cogdill, R-Modesto. Cogdill declined to run for a second term.

Berryhill is seeking the Republican nomination against Tim Campi, of Manteca, Bret de St. Jeor, of Modesto, Heidi Fuller, of Columbia, and Tom Marsella, of Fresno. Democrat Larry Johnson, of Fresno, is also running.

Ross Farrow

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