A fire department dispatcher broke the din of the silent county emergency fire frequency late Tuesday morning announcing the passing of Tracy Fire Department Captain Dan Havicus, 41, who was about to be transported by police and fire department escorts to Modesto for his funeral on Thursday. It was the final "end of watch" for the highly respected firefighter.
For years, the Bureau of Reclamation has tried to comply with the Endangered Species Act when it comes to protecting Chinook salmon and steelhead on the Stanislaus River by releasing more and more water.
Three days after neighbors pleaded with city officials at a Manteca City Council to do something about a man they said had been escalating his terrorizing of their neighborhood for months that man was shot to death by a resident who contends it was self-defense.
Here's a dilemma that not many elected boards face - should the South San Joaquin Irrigation District board reduce water rates by 7 percent to Division 9 farmers or keep them flat and build up a hedge to soften future rate hikes that may be triggered by electricity prices?