Stanislaus County expands vaccine eligibility

Stanislaus County Public Health will continue vaccinating individuals over the age 65 and those over 50 in the food and agriculture, education and emergency services sectors starting Monday, Feb. 22, the county announced Friday.

County officials cautioned that as it continues to expand its capacity to administer the vaccine, supply allocations from the state remain limited.

To provide accessibility to residents in Stanislaus County, high volume mass vaccination clinics are operating in the cities of Modesto, Turlock, Oakdale and Patterson - although the Patterson site has been closed each of the past two weeks and no schedule for the coming week was available as of publication deadline.

Vaccines are available at no cost to those who live or work in Stanislaus County and meet the eligibility guidelines. Proof of employment or residency in Stanislaus County is required. Community members may visit for more information.

Vaccine clinic schedules and additional information are also available on the StanEmergency Facebook page.

ARCO AM/PM plan goes to commission tonight

The Newman Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on a proposed ARCO AM/PM  project tonight (Thursday, Feb. 18).

The project was initially scheduled to go before the commission on Jan. 21, but was postponed at the request of the applicant.

The applicant, Mountain House-based Rigna Investments, is proposing construction of a convenience store/filling station and an automatic car wash on the west side of Highway 33 between Kern and Mariposa streets.

Commissioners will conduct a site plan review and consider approval of separate conditional use permits for the convenience store/filling station and the car wash components. A variance from minimum on-site parking requirements will also be considered by the commission.

A project description and city staff reports outlined details. The project would include demolition of the existing buildings and construction of an AM/PM convenience store of 2,880 square feet; construction of a 24-by-48 foot drive-through car wash; and installation of eight multi-product dispensers creating 16 fueling stations beneath a 6,000 square foot canopy.

The Planning Commission will convene at 6 p.m. to consider the application.

Members of the public may participate via Zoom or teleconferencing.

Zoom:, Passcode: 294356

Teleconference: 669-900-6833, Meeting ID: 987 2929 1645, Passcode: 294356