RIPON – Water enthusiasts are dropping rafts into the Stanislaus River expecting the usual lazy float trip that is the trademark of summer on the idyllic waterway between Knights Ferry and Caswell State Park.
In a bid to become a fully "independent" non-profit organization free from the tethers of bureaucracy, the Manteca Unified School Trust board is turning down the $75,000 contribution from the Manteca Unified School District.
It was a special night under the stars at the Harris Ranch in Ripon. In a grassy area surrounded by almond trees heavy with nuts just about ready for harvest, the jazz music of the Ernie Bucio Band wafted in the evening breeze while about 300 guests enjoyed a sit-down dinner al fresco followed later on by dancing.
If Lathrop Mayor Joseph "Chaka" Santos has his way, the currently vacant Lathrop School Annex on Thomsen Street would be a facility where the city's youth and seniors can gather for various activities such as arts, crafts and other programs.