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.