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Posted: Monday, July 9, 2007 10:00 pm

The left lane on southbound Highway 99 will be closed from the Lodi overcrossing south of Kettleman Lane to the Eight Mile Road exit from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Friday as Caltrans crews install a changeable message sign board.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, crews will clean up hazardous materials along the shoulder of southbound Interstate 5 at Turner Road.

Delta College site, ag discharge on agenda

The Lower Mokelumne River Watershed Stewardship Steering Committee will continue its discussion of the proposed San Joaquin Delta College satellite campus site in Victor at its meeting Friday afternoon.

The committee will also discuss the sustainable community initiative, state water discharge requirements for farm land and other topics from noon to 3 p.m. at Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St., Lodi.

For more information, contact Watershed Coordinator John Brodie at 327-2823 or send an e-mail to rvranglr@yahoo.com.

Sewer system master plan to be discussed

Woodbridge Sanitary District directors will continue their discussion on the district's first sewer system master plan at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the portable classroom behind the Woodbridge fire station, 400 E. Augusta St.

The sanitary board will also discuss a possible fee increase for new sewer connections.

Bids to be opened for fish screen project

The Woodbridge Irrigation District will open bids on Thursday for its fish screen project upstream from Woodbridge Dam.

The bids will be publicly opened for five separate contracts - concrete, steel fabrication, sheet pile, flat plate screen and electrical.

The construction contract will be awarded at a special meeting, possibly next week.

Thursday's meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the district office, 18777 N. Lower Sacramento Road, Woodbridge.

Delta, north Stockton sprayed for West Nile

Areas near the Stockton sewer ponds, Oak Grove Regional Park, the Reserve at Spanos Park and Rough and Ready Island were scheduled to be sprayed to kill mosquitos Monday night, according to the San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District.

The spraying was conducted because district employees discovered the West Nile Virus in 41 groups of collected mosquitoes and five dead birds throughout the county.

Spraying is also scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. today over Bacon Island, 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday on Brack Tract, at the same time on Thursday in the southernmost area of the county west of Ripon and on Friday west of Interstate 5 near Thornton and Flag City.

For more information, call 982-4675 or 469-8200, or visit http://www.sjgov.org/oes and http://www.westnile.ca.gov.

2 drown, 10 arrested for BUI in one week

Between the weekends surrounding July 4, San Joaquin County Sheriff's deputies handled two drownings, one fatal boating accident and arrested 10 for boating under the influence of alcohol.

The extra enforcement started Saturday, June 30, though one BUI arrest was made the previous day, Sheriff's deputies said Monday.

By the end of Sunday deputies had also issued 65 citations, 145 verbal warnings, handled two injury boating accidents, two medical calls and recovered two bodies.

Stockton nursing home fined in heat death case

SACRAMENTO - A Stockton nursing home has been fined $120,000 for failing to properly care for three patients, including a 79-year-old woman who died, during last year's heat wave, state officials said Monday.

The Department of Public Health issued a AA citation - the most severe under state law - and imposed an $80,000 fine on the Golden Living Center, Stockton, which was formerly known as the Beverly Healthcare Center, in the woman's death.

Department officials also issued two A citations and imposed another $40,000 in fines on the nursing home for failing to adequately care for two other patients, including providing them with additional fluids, during last July's stretch of 100-degree days.

The department said the nursing home failed to provide the 79-year-old woman with safe room temperatures and to follow its emergency action plan when its air conditioning unit malfunctioned on July 22, 2006.

The woman was transferred to a hospital while suffering from shortness of breath. She was pronounced dead when she arrived at the hospital. The coroner's report listed the cause of death as "hyperthermia due to high environmental temperatures."

But Amy Knapp, a spokeswoman for Golden Ventures, the Fort Smith, Ark., company that owns the Golden Living Center, said the company adamantly disagrees with the department's conclusions, including that the woman's death was related to the heat, and would appeal.

"The deputy coroner determined three days after the death that it was not caused by the heat wave," Knapp said. "We find it highly suspect that the report was revised three months later when the known facts did not change between July when the death certificate was originally issued and October 2006 when it was amended."

Deputy Les Garcia, a spokesman for the San Joaquin County sheriff and coroner, said Golden Ventures may be confusing an initial death certificate with the final one that's issued after toxicology reports are completed.

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