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Posted: Monday, March 23, 2009 10:00 pm

A Tokay High School student is turning his senior project into a community service project by holding an electronic waste recycling event Saturday.

People are invited to get rid of computers, TVs, printers, copiers, stereos, radios, phones, speakers and most electrical items with cords - and support the Tokay Aquatics at the same time.

To participate, visit the Tokay High School student parking lot, 1111 W. Century Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

For more information or questions call Taylor Salisbury at 368-8013 or taysalisbury@gmail.com

Lodi Christian School wins big at science fair

Students from Lodi Christian School earned top ribbons at a recent science fair for area religious schools.

Sixth-graders Amanda Delu received a red ribbon and a gold medallion; Kaylee Burkluhl, red ribbon; Tyler Nies, red ribbon and bronze medallion; and Cody Thornburg, red ribbon.

Heather Beckwith and Rachel Silva took top honors for seventh-graders by each receiving blue ribbons and bronze medallions. Ian Holt and Michael Huck also earned blue ribbons for their grade level.

Eighth-grader MacKenzie Freed received a blue ribbon and silver medallion, while peers Nathan Burkluhl, Lanae Mandeville and Kevin Ziemann all got blue ribbons.

A blue ribbon equates to "superior," while red means "excellent." The medallion was presented for the top three projects in a category.

The science fair was held March 6 at Century Assembly School in Lodi.

Talks on Galt utility rate postponed until April 7

The Galt City Council will wait until April 7 to receive a report from city staff on alternatives to raising utility rates.

On Feb. 18, the council discussed raising rates for water, wastewater, solid waste and storm drainage. Most residential customers would see a $3 to $3.50 increase per billing period.

The council decided to not vote on the increases and asked city staff to investigate other possibilities instead of rate hikes.

The council will meet today in a special session to make up for a March 17 meeting that was canceled. The council cannot hold a public hearing in a special session, so the utility rate discussion will have to wait until April.

Minutemen fight puts highway cleanup on hold

New applications for California's Adopt-A-Highway program have been placed on hold while the state sorts out a legal fight with an anti-illegal immigrant group.

Lawyers for the San Diego Minutemen said the Department of Transportation is drafting new rules for the litter cleanup program to prevent the group from getting a sign with its name on it along the freeway.

CalTrans initially granted a stretch of highway near a border checkpoint to the group. When the state took down the sign, a judge ordered it to be put back up. When the state offered the group a new location, the Minutemen refused.

CalTrans is now drafting new rules that would allow the state greater flexibility in refusing applicants. Department officials said more than 3,000 cleanup permits are still being used.

Inmate dies at San Joaquin General Hospital

A 69-year-old Sacramento County inmate died at San Joaquin General Hospital in French Camp, according to Sacramento County Sheriff's spokesman Tim Curran.

The man, whose name has not been released because relatives had not been notified Monday, was taken into custody at Sacramento County Jail on Thursday. He faced charges of performing lewd acts with a child under the age of 14, committing a lewd act on a child under 14 by force, violence or duress, and penetration with a foreign object by force or fear, Curran said.

The inmate was transported to San Joaquin General Hospital on Friday. His death is under investigation.

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