RIPON – It's 6:30 on a Sunday morning. Inside St. Patrick's Catholic Church on East Highway 120 at the corner of Carrolton Road are grandparents and young parents with their young children, a few of them infants in baby carriers. They nearly fill up the old section of the church.
South San Joaquin Irrigation District is months away from a key public hearing that could make it a household name to more than 28,000 urban households in Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon as a provider of retail electricity.
Retired plumber Mark Dorland Sr., 62, - with strong family ties in Manteca – remains among the seven fishermen still missing after their 115-foot-long fishing boat sank early Sunday morning in the Sea of Cortez waters off Baja California.
'JB' Jeff Burkhardt lived as an icon representing what's good in life at the city's refuse department. And now his memory will live on through a park bench that his friends have dedicated on the Manteca Golf Course.