Census bureau to hire locals for test-run census
The U.S. Census Bureau will be hiring nearly 2,000 San Joaquin County residents to work on the 2008 dress rehearsal for the nation's next census.
The jobs will last about five to 10 weeks and pay $12.25 to $14.50 per hour, according to a statement released by the bureau this week.
"By early April, we hope to hire local residents who know the area and want to help ensure an accurate count of the people and housing units in San Joaquin County," said Ralph Lee, regional director of the Census Bureau Seattle Regional Office.
The bureau will hire Lodi residents to work in the local area.
Employment selections and training sessions are underway with jobs available now until summer of 2008. The training prepares census takers to use hand-held computers to update address lists and collect information from residents who do not return their questionnaires by mail. Most positions require U.S. citizenship, a driver's license and use of a vehicle and each applicant will undergo a background check.
San Joaquin County and a nine-county area surrounding Fayetteville, N.C. are the two sites selected by the bureau to participate in the 2008 dress rehearsal.
The bureau chose San Joaquin County because it is an urban location with a multilingual population and an assortment of group housing such as college dorms and nursing homes.
For more information or to apply for dress rehearsal jobs call (866) 376-2008.
Barns, livestock saved from grass fire
Firefighters from Galt, Elk Grove and other districts protected several farm structures and livestock during a fast-ranging grass fire Tuesday afternoon at the east end of Galt.
Five fire engines and trucks were dispatched at 2:49 p.m. to the fire at Elk Hills Drive and Marengo Road, according to Steve Capps, a spokesman for the Elk Grove Community Services District. A second alarm was called at 3:01 p.m., and the fire was reported contained at 3:50 p.m.
The fire blackened about 40 acres, but firefighters protected several farm structures, including two barns, from damage. No injuries were reported.
Ten fire engines, two water tenders from serveral districts, and a helicopter from the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District battled the blaze. Elk Grove Deputy Fire Chief Richard Holmes said a number of farm animals in the area were protected from harm.
In addition to Galt and Elk Grove, firefighters from Woodbridge, Herald and Wilton battled the fire. Investigators said the fire started from a controlled burn in the area, Capps said.
The Galt Fire Protection District and the Elk Grove Community Services District are in the process of merging. They have been operating jointly under a management contract since July.
Fish protection strategies to be unveiled Thursday
Strategies to protect fish and their habitat in the lower Calaveras River while preserving river water deliveries to farms and urban users will be unveiled during an open house Thursday in Linden.
"The Calaveras River between New Hogan Dam and Bellota Weir is a natural treasure and vital resource that can be managed for the benefit of people, crops and fish," Stockton East Water District President Paul Sanguinetti said. "The Calaveras River Habitat Conservation Plan will be our management tool."
The open house will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Linden Lions Club, 5041 N. Market St. A free, light dinner will be available to the first 100 attendees.
A special booth will be set up with the final book written by Stockton historian Leslie Crow, who died of cancer in May. The book is called "High and Dry: A History of the Calaveras River and Its Hydrology."
For more information, visit http://www.sewd.net.
First published: Wednesday, November 8, 2006