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Public input sought on Lodi Energy Center

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Posted: Saturday, December 12, 2009 12:00 am

The California Energy Commission staff will hold a public workshop Monday to discuss the Lodi Energy Center, a 255-megawatt natural gas powered plant.

The commission's staff has recommended that the commission license the plant. The workshop will allow the public to participate in discussions about how the plant could affect air quality, biology, cultural resources, visual resources and other topics covered in the staff's assessment of the project.

The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the California Energy Commission, Hearing Room B, 1516 9th Street, Sacramento.

The project will be on 4.4 acre site next to the White Slough wastewater plant.

Maggie Creamer

Carriage rides canceled due to weather

Due to the rain and strong winds in the weekend's forecast, the carriage rides scheduled to be available Downtown today have been canceled.

"We waited until the last minute, just in case," said Jaime Watts, executive director of the Downtown Lodi Business Partnership. "But the combination of wind and rain would have made it miserable for the horses and the people."

Watts said the organization that supplies the horses and carriages gave the DLBP a rain check, and Valentine's Day weekend is when the carriages will be available again. She said she would release more information about the February event as it becomes available.

Jordan Guinn

Rep. Jerry McNerney to host telephone town hall

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, will hold a telephone town hall Wednesday at 6:10 p.m. to discuss pressing issues with members of the 11th District. The deadline to sign up for the town hall conference call is Wednesday at 5 p.m. To sign up, visit one of McNerney's offices or call the Stockton office at 476-8552 or the Pleasanton office at 925-737-0727.

Jordan Guinn

Three county sheriffs endorse Tony Amador

Retired U.S. Marshal Tony Amador, a Republican seeking the seat of Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, has announced the endorsement of three county sheriffs.

Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness, Solano County Sheriff Gary Stanton and Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin have endorsed Amador, who recently moved to Lodi.

Ross Farrow

Student takes first place at spelling bee

Alex Grace, a student at Manlio Silva Elementary School in north Stockton, took first place at the 13th annual San Jaoquin County Spelling Bee Championship on Wednesday evening.

Grace will attend and participate in the California State Elementary Spelling Championship on May 15, 2010 at California State University, Sonoma.

Natalie Feulner

Spectacular lights? Let us know!

Do you have — or know of — a dazzling array of holiday lights in the Lodi or Galt area? Contact Chief Photographer Brian Feulner with the address of the display and, if possible, the homeowner's name and contact information.

Your favorite light display could be part of a special upcoming News-Sentinel photo essay.

Contact Brian Feulner at brianf@lodinews.com or 369-7035.

— News-Sentinel Staff

Seeking Christmas treat recipes

Got a sweet tooth? The smells of chocolate, fudge and gingerbread waft through many homes this time of year when Christmas baking is underway. What are your favorite sweets to bake during the holidays?

If you have a favorite annual recipe, we want to hear from you for a future story about Christmas sweets.

You may send your recipes to Pam Bauserman at pamelab@lodinews.com or by mail to P.O. Box 1360, Lodi, CA 95241.

Pam Bauserman

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