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AMAZON OFFERING 2,5090 JOBS IN TRACY & PATTEROSN: TRACY- Jobs for upcoming fulfillment centers in Tracy and Patterson have been posted on the company’s website.

The Tracy site has listings for Facilities Area Manager, Maintenance Planner/CMMS Administrator, Control Systems Specialist and Industrial Maintenance Technician.

The Patterson site has listings for Maintenance Planner/CMMS Administrator, Control Systems Specialist and Industrial Maintenance Technician.

Between the two centers, about 2,500 jobs are said to be coming to the area.

The Tracy site is slated to open this fall, and the Patterson center is due to open late this summer.

GIRL APOLOGIZES FOR TAKING STICKS FROM YOSEMITE: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - It may as well be the 11th Commandment: Leave nature as you found it, the National Park Service says.

So imagine the horror of a little girl named Eve when she violated the Eden that is Yosemite National Park.

Her sin: She took home two sticks.

Park Ranger Matt Holly learned of this transgression during a routine day opening hundreds of letters from visitors awed by Yosemite.

The handwritten note from Evie read:

“Dear Park Rangers,

“I am a Yosemite Junior Ranger. I went to Yosemite recently and accidentally brought home two sticks. I know I’m not supposed to take things from the park, so I am sending them back. Please put them in nature.

“Thank you,


Touched by her innocence, Holly taped the two sticks to her letter and temporarily hung it over his desk.

It’s been hanging there for almost a year, he said.

He contacted the family, who are park regulars, and told them of how Evie’s note moved all the park rangers.

They are now preparing to reunite the sticks with their home.

Evie’s letter is now being considered for display in Yosemite’s visitor center or elsewhere.


GALT TEACHERS MAY GET GUN SAFETY TRAINING: GALT - A massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary left parents, teachers and just about everyone across the country questioning school safety, now the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District is doing the same.

Galt Police Chief Bill Bowen asked the school board to consider gun safety training for school faculty and Wednesday night, that was passed.

School staff would learn different types of guns and how to handle them.

Earlier this year, one Galt student brought what looked like a handgun to school.

Fortunately, it only shot plastic pellets, but it was enough for staff to push for the training.

The district doesn’t have policies on what teachers should do if a student brings a gun on campus, but they hope that will soon change.