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January 25, 2012 | By Marla Dickerson
Renewable energy seed maker Ceres Inc. is planning to go public. The privately held Thousand Oaks company wants to raise more than $100 million to expand its production of genetically modified seeds for crops used for biofuels, according to a filing this week with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ceres plans to sell 5 million shares at $21 to $23 each, according to the filing, and has applied to list its shares on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol CERE. Biofuels have gotten something of a bad rap in the U.S. thanks to corn-based ethanol, which critics have dissed as an inefficient fuel that has driven up food prices while doing little to curb greenhouse gases.
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SCIENCE
January 22, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Before Pluto's fall from planetary grace, there was Ceres. Depending on your definition, it's either the largest asteroid or the smallest dwarf planet -- but for a few glorious decades in the 1800s, the rocky sphere was a full planet in the solar system's pantheon. Now, astronomers have discovered water vapor steaming off this mysterious little planetoid - - and the discovery, published in the journal Nature, could have fascinating implications for the evolution of our solar system.
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SCIENCE
January 22, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Before Pluto's fall from planetary grace, there was Ceres. Depending on your definition, it's either the largest asteroid or the smallest dwarf planet -- but for a few glorious decades in the 1800s, the rocky sphere was a full planet in the solar system's pantheon. Now, astronomers have discovered water vapor steaming off this mysterious little planetoid - - and the discovery, published in the journal Nature, could have fascinating implications for the evolution of our solar system.
BUSINESS
November 3, 2013
The company: Ceres Inc. Headquarters: Thousand Oaks Ticker: CERE Employees: 96 Leadership: Richard W. Hamilton, 50, chief executive Fiscal 2012 revenue: $5.4 million Fiscal 2012 net loss: $29.4 million Stock price: $1.48 at Friday's close 52-week range: $1.10 to $5.60 P/E ratio: N/A Quarterly dividend: None
SCIENCE
September 7, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
 After orbiting the giant asteroid Vesta for slightly more than 13 months, NASA's Dawn spacecraft left the space rock this week, headed for the dwarf planet Ceres. The craft is using a highly efficient ion thruster to spiral gently away from Vesta. In the system, electricity ionizes gaseous xenon and expels it to produce thrust. The engine is much less powerful than conventional rocket engines, but can operate for months at a time. The craft is expected to reach Ceres in early 2015.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2013 | By Fox 40
Authorities said a major drug bust in the town of Ceres, Calif., could interrupt the flow of methamphetamine across the Central Valley. An anonymous tip led drug enforcement agents to a home in Ceres on Tuesday. Inside, they found almost 300 pounds of methamphetamine, hidden in storage containers. Agents also found about $66,000 in cash at the home, according to Fox 40. Officers from Stanislaus County, Modesto's narcotics team and Homeland Security searched the home. Two men were arrested near the home: Luis Bartolo Madriz Sandavol of Washington state, and Ramiro Torres of Ceres.
NEWS
April 21, 1989
Gov. George Deukmejian appointed Henry J. Voss of Ceres director of the state Department of Food and Agriculture, a cabinet level position that pays $91,054 a year. A Republican, Voss, 56, has served as president of the California Farm Bureau Federation since 1982. He replaces Jack Parnell, who was appointed deputy U.S. secretary of agriculture by President Bush. Voss also has been a farmer in the Ceres area for more than 30 years. In 1986, he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the National Commission on Agriculture and Rural Development.
OPINION
July 16, 1995
Re "Natural Resources Library Will Not Become History," July 7: The Wilson Administration has created and provides on the Internet an unparalleled tool to empower Californians to better protect and manage the environment--the California Environmental Resources Evaluation System (http://ceres.ca.gov). CERES accesses millions of pieces of data and information on virtually every aspect of California's natural and cultural resources--from state and federal agencies, the University of California, counties, watershed groups, environmental nonprofits and many other Internet sources.
NEWS
May 28, 1989 | LEE HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
After 11 years as superintendent of the 18,000-student Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, Bruce C. Newlin has resigned to become superintendent of a much smaller school district in Central California. Newlin, 54, will become superintendent July 1 of the Ceres unified system of about 7,000 students, he said. In a May 22 letter addressed to district personnel here, Newlin said he was leaving because he thought it was time for a change. He said he wanted to ". . . live where raising a family is less hazardous than in the large metropolitan Los Angeles area."
NEWS
June 4, 1989 | LEE HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
After 11 years as superintendent of the 18,000-student Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, Bruce C. Newlin has resigned to become superintendent of a much smaller school district in Central California. Newlin, 54, will become superintendent July 1 of the Ceres unified system of about 7,000 students, he said. In a May 22 letter addressed to district personnel here, Newlin said he was leaving because he thought it was time for a change. He said he wanted to ". . . live where raising a family is less hazardous than in the large metropolitan Los Angeles area."
BUSINESS
November 3, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
The road to a clean biofuels future is not easily traveled. Ceres Inc. in Thousand Oaks has some highly regarded science on its side as a producer of genetically modified seeds for crops used to make biofuels. Under the motto "Growing tomorrow's fuel today," Ceres has used advanced plant breeding and biotechnology to make better seeds for sophisticated versions of crops such as sweet sorghum, high-biomass sorghum, switch grass and miscanthus. Started in 1997 by a UCLA professor and his corporate partners with more than $50 million in private capital, Ceres makes seeds that can be converted into a new kind of ethanol using plant fibers instead of corn kernels or sugar cane.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2013 | By Fox 40
Authorities said a major drug bust in the town of Ceres, Calif., could interrupt the flow of methamphetamine across the Central Valley. An anonymous tip led drug enforcement agents to a home in Ceres on Tuesday. Inside, they found almost 300 pounds of methamphetamine, hidden in storage containers. Agents also found about $66,000 in cash at the home, according to Fox 40. Officers from Stanislaus County, Modesto's narcotics team and Homeland Security searched the home. Two men were arrested near the home: Luis Bartolo Madriz Sandavol of Washington state, and Ramiro Torres of Ceres.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
A watered-down resolution calling for Congress to "repair" the nation's "historically broken" immigration laws won bipartisan support by the state Senate on Monday. The Senate voted 32 to 0 to support Senate Joint Resolution 8 by Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana). The measure originally called for illegal immigrants to have access to "a logical and streamlined path to citizenship," but it was changed to provide that path for "individuals after they gain legal status. " The resolution also originally said: "This reform should also include a way to help families remain together throughout the lengthy bureaucratic process," but that provision was removed.
SCIENCE
September 7, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
 After orbiting the giant asteroid Vesta for slightly more than 13 months, NASA's Dawn spacecraft left the space rock this week, headed for the dwarf planet Ceres. The craft is using a highly efficient ion thruster to spiral gently away from Vesta. In the system, electricity ionizes gaseous xenon and expels it to produce thrust. The engine is much less powerful than conventional rocket engines, but can operate for months at a time. The craft is expected to reach Ceres in early 2015.
NEWS
January 25, 2012 | By Marla Dickerson
Renewable energy seed maker Ceres Inc. is planning to go public. The privately held Thousand Oaks company wants to raise more than $100 million to expand its production of genetically modified seeds for crops used for biofuels, according to a filing this week with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ceres plans to sell 5 million shares at $21 to $23 each, according to the filing, and has applied to list its shares on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol CERE. Biofuels have gotten something of a bad rap in the U.S. thanks to corn-based ethanol, which critics have dissed as an inefficient fuel that has driven up food prices while doing little to curb greenhouse gases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
NASA's pioneering Dawn spacecraft, a year late in being launched and 20% over budget, is slowly creeping up on the protoplanet Vesta and is expected to enter orbit around it about July 16, the first stop on a remarkable journey that will later take the craft to the larger dwarf planet Ceres. The craft, the largest probe ever launched by NASA, is about half-way through its three-month approach phase to Vesta, 96,000 miles away and closing in at the sedate speed of about 260 mph. The whole procedure is happening so slowly, in terms of normal asteroid flybys and planetary encounters, that scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge will not be able to calculate precisely when the craft entered orbit until after the fact.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 22, 1987 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
From our "This bill is ridiculous, I wouldn't pay it if I were you" file: There has been a rash of robberies in Modesto, Calif., by an unidentified man wearing a Groucho Marx disguise. Someone wearing those props to resemble the late comedian has held up at least six convenience stores in Modesto and a video store in Ceres during the past couple of weeks, Modesto police said Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
A watered-down resolution calling for Congress to "repair" the nation's "historically broken" immigration laws won bipartisan support by the state Senate on Monday. The Senate voted 32 to 0 to support Senate Joint Resolution 8 by Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana). The measure originally called for illegal immigrants to have access to "a logical and streamlined path to citizenship," but it was changed to provide that path for "individuals after they gain legal status. " The resolution also originally said: "This reform should also include a way to help families remain together throughout the lengthy bureaucratic process," but that provision was removed.
BUSINESS
December 31, 1999 | PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Worldwide protests against genetically engineered crops are on the rise. America's trading partners are calling for labeling of foods that contain ingredients from genetically modified plants. Federal regulators are reexamining the rules for assuring the safety of biotech foods.
OPINION
July 16, 1995
Re "Natural Resources Library Will Not Become History," July 7: The Wilson Administration has created and provides on the Internet an unparalleled tool to empower Californians to better protect and manage the environment--the California Environmental Resources Evaluation System (http://ceres.ca.gov). CERES accesses millions of pieces of data and information on virtually every aspect of California's natural and cultural resources--from state and federal agencies, the University of California, counties, watershed groups, environmental nonprofits and many other Internet sources.
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