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Posted: Thursday, July 6, 2006 10:00 pm

Lodi Unified office closing early Friday

The Lodi Unified School District Office, 1305 E. Vine St., will be closing from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday.

The Lodi Electric Utility will be shutting down power in the main building and connecting power to the district's new warehouse. No one will be in the building during that time. The warehouse is being constructed in the parking lot. The James Areida Education Support Center will be reopened on Monday for regular business hours.

Water board renews acreage tax

With little discussion Thursday, the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District board voted 4-0 to continue its $1-per-acre tax on property owners to support efforts to replenish the region's parched groundwater basin.

The tax affects property owners in Lodi west to about Ham Lane, plus Victor and parts of Lockeford and Acampo.

Calling all sunless tanning users

Do you use sunless tanners or bronzers to get an all-over tan? What brand do you use? What works best? Do you have any successes or nightmare tales to tell? Lodi Living wants to hear from you! Send your stories to Tricia at triciat@lodinews.com or call 369-7035 ext. 216 by Monday at 5 p.m. Be sure to include your name, phone number and the city that you live in. You could be featured in a future story in Lodi Living.

Galt board of education not meeting Tuesday

The Galt Joint Union High School District Board of Education will not be meeting on Tuesday, July 11.

The board decided at its June 29 meeting to skip the July session. It had held special and regular meetings about once a week during the month of June.

Tuesday, Aug. 8 is the board's next scheduled meeting, at 6:30 p.m. at Galt City Council chambers, 380 Civic Drive.

Car crashes into pole, blocks road

A car crashed into an electrical pole Thursday afternoon, blocking Collier Road for an estimated two hours, according to Liberty Fire Chief Stan Seifert.

No one was in the car by the time firefighters responded to the 2:30 p.m. crash near Sowles Road, Seifert said. The PG&E pole fell across the two-land road and started a small fire, Seifert said.

Volunteers needed for fund-raiser

Volunteers are being sought to help organize a "build your own burrito" dinner to benefit Meadows Depot, a recovery center for women and their children in Acampo.

The dinner will be held from 3 to 10 p.m. Sept. 9 at Littleton Community Center, 410 Civic Drive, Galt.

Anyone who willing to volunteer their time, money or door prizes may call Victoria Lewis at 663-2702.

Dead birds test positive for West Nile Virus

Two dead birds, a yellow-billed magpie in the Elverta area in northern Sacramento County and an American crow in Davis, have recently tested positive for the deadly West Nile Virus, according to the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District.

"This is the second detection of West Nile Virus we have seen in the northwest portion of Sacramento County," district manager David Brown said in a prepared statement. "We need to continue to work together to keep mosquito populations down."

This year, five dead birds in Sacramento and Yolo counties have tested positive for West Nile Virus, and two mosquito pools were found.

Mosquito abatement officials advice residents to use a good repellent, drain standing water, avoid being out at dawn and dusk, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors.

To report a dead bird, call 1-877-WNV-BIRD or visit the California Department of Health Services online at http://www.westnile.ca.gov. For more information, call 1-800-429-1022 or visit the mosquito abatement district online at http://www.FIGHTtheBITE.net.

First published: Friday, July 7, 2006

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