Stanislaus County will take a harder look at well permit applications

Stanislaus County supervisors voted Tuesday to tighten the rules for well permits, requiring farmers outside irrigation districts to show that new wells won’t have a detrimental affect on groundwater.In another change to the county’s groundwater ordinance, groundwater pumping data will be collected from private well owners, but officials promised to keep the data confidential.


Thanksgiving menu costs rise slightly

The average cost of a Thanksgiving feast for 10 rose slightly to $49.41, according to the annual survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation. The Modesto and Merced areas produce some of the items in great volume.

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Central Valley counties see personal income rising

Central Valley counties joined a nationwide trend of growing personal income last year, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Merced, Stanislaus, Fresno, Kings, Madera and Tulare counties all registered increases in per capita income – the amount of income for every man, woman and child – between 2012 and 2013.

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