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University of the Pacific Pres. Pamela A. Eibeck named AICCU chair

University of the Pacific Pres. Pamela A. Eibeck named AICCU chair

Pamela A. Eibeck, president of University of the Pacific, has been named the new chair of the executive committee of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, an organization that has represented the state’s 77 private nonprofit colleges and universities since 1955.

Eibeck’s two-year term begins Oct. 24. She succeeds Pepperdine University president Andy Benton.

“California’s partnership with its private nonprofit colleges and universities has played a pivotal role in making our state a symbol of innovation across the globe,” Eibeck said. “Over the course of nearly 60 years, AICCU has made tremendous strides for higher education, and I look forward to the challenges and rewards of continuing that effort during my tenure.”

Landfill Gas to Energy! Republic Services uses methane to power 1600 homes

Landfill Gas to Energy!  Republic Services uses methane to power 1600 homes

Methane is a normal by-product of decomposition in landfills. At Republic Services' Forward landfill in Eastern San Joaquin County, they have harnessed the methane and converted it into power. Republic Services, in cooperation with Ameresco, the largest renewable energy firm in the country, have constructed a 4.3 megawatt twin-turbine power plant next to the Austin Road landfill that runs on the methane pulled out of the nearby landfill. The generated power is sent to the PG&E grid and then to Silicon Valley Power, where it is used to supply 1600 homes in Santa Clara.

Alpha Gamma Sigma & City of Hope host the 2nd Annual Delta College Be the Match donor registry drive

Alpha Gamma Sigma & City of Hope host the 2nd Annual Delta College Be the Match donor registry drive

Alpha Gamma Sigma & City of Hope will host the 2nd Annual Delta College Be the Match donor registry drive, Thur, Oct 23, 10am-2pm in Danner Hall.

Be the Match registers potential blood marrow donors and matches them with critically ill blood cancer patients. Potential donors complete a short questionnaire, then perform their own cheek swab. City of Hope takes care of the rest.

Last year, Delta’s drive was a great success. 147 students registered with Be the Match. Statewide, over 1350 students registered at Alpha Gamma Sigma (California Community College Scholastic Honor Society) sponsored events.

http://www.bethematch.org/Support-the-Cause/Donate-bone-marrow/

I-5/French Camp Road Interchange open!

I-5/French Camp Road Interchange open!

The reconstruction of one of San Joaquin USA's major traffic impediments is over and was celebrated this afternoon as completion of a key component in improving the south Stockton circulation network. Groundwork for the I-5/French Camp interchange began in the early 1990's but after much habitat mitigation, the groundbreaking took place only two years ago. The project widened French Camp road to six lanes, and constructed new loop on-ramps and auxiliary lanes on I-5 between French Camp and Downing Avenue. It also included extending Sperry Road to Arch-Airport road and realigning Manthey Road. Today is the completion of the I-5/ State Route 99 connection. City of Stockton Public Works Director Gordon MacKay said this project is expected to reduce existing traffic congestion, improve traffic operations in South Stockton and facilitate the movement of goods and services.

Public Health Officials Report First 2014 Human West Nile Virus-Related Death in San Joaquin County

Public Health Officials Report First 2014 Human West Nile Virus-Related Death in San Joaquin County

San Joaquin County Public Health Services reports the county’s first West Nile Virus (WNV) related death for 2014, is that of a woman in her sixties from the northern rural area of the county.,San Joaquin County Public Health Services reports the county’s first West Nile Virus (WNV) related death for 2014, that of a woman in her sixties from the northern rural area of the county.

“This unfortunate death reminds us of the potential danger from mosquito bites and West Nile virus,” says Dr. Alvaro Garza, San Joaquin County Public Health Officer. As of October 17, 2014, there have been 8 human cases of WNV reported in San Joaquin County, so far this year. Last year, San Joaquin County reported 8 human cases with one (1) death.

Sheriff's office investigating murder in Tracy


The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office is investigating the murder of a man found dead early Friday in Tracy.

The name of the victim has not been released.

The sheriff's office said the man was shot in the upper body. He was found dead at about 1:30 a.m. at a residence in the 27200 block of South Hansen Road. Deputies went to the home in response to a report about shots being fired.


Filipino Chicken Adobo done Sous Vide

Filipino Chicken Adobo done Sous Vide

Almost two years ago I tried my hand at a sous vide cooking - McGuyver style. Using just an ice chest and water boiling on the stove, I managed to cook steaks to a perfect medium rare. The trouble is, the McGuyver method means you have to babysit your sous vide for the entire time. That can be a problem if you want to sous vide something for one or two days. That's when you need the real deal equipment... Read More