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Stanislaus County Supervisors Watch

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors is scheduled today to:

— Accept $30,000 from the state for recycling programs, including a poster contest in elementary and middle schools in unincorporated communities and production of a recycling calendar.

— Spend $79,000 toward voice over Internet protocol telephone equipment, expected to cost $217,000, at the downtown Modesto adult probation department and at west Modesto's juvenile probation department. The change should save $1,500 per month over the 20-year-old phone system, a report states.

— Agree that 159 acres southeast of Maze Boulevard and Texas Avenue, west of Modesto, should be forever reserved for farming through an agricultural easement. The Central Valley Farmland Trust would pay owners William and Marilyn Ulm in exchange for a promise never to develop the land, now home to grapes and almond orchards. Forming the easement could take several more months.

— Support a $2 million, 213-acre expansion of the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge. Pasture would be replaced by a "safe haven for migratory birds and other wildlife" and protected by a perpetual conservation easement.

— Receive $28,800 in state money to conduct screening for sexually transmitted diseases.

— Accept a $218,600 state grant to continue immunizations. Last year, the county's Health Services Agency immunized 20,000 people.

— Pay Camille Holmes $9,000 for child care consultation and supervision of parent mentors. The county has paid Holmes $101,300 since January 2005.

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