The temperatures are still in the 90s. The calendar says it is a good three dozen days until the start of fall. Yet there are signs that summer is drawing to a close. The continuous line of traffic heading east to the Sierra through Manteca on Fridays is tapering off. Almond trees are heavy with a crop of nuts that are already being shaken to the ground. The infamous Manteca Bermuda grass is starting to ...
Come October literally hundreds if not thousands of tons of "food" will be plowed under throughout San Joaquin County.
I admit I'm a candidate for the missing link. I have no problem growing hair. Unfortunately, it is in places where I wish it wouldn't grow. I realized this long before the first Christmas package my mother-in-law gave me included a battery-operated nose hair clipper. (They don't work, by the way.) I can shave at 7 a.m. and by noon I've put Fred Flintstone and Richard Nixon both to shame. A study by Gillette claims ...
During the early stages of the foreclosure crisis I got into a heated phone exchange with Congressman Jerry McNerney's communications director.
Wildfires, they say, are getting worse. Even as the Rim Fire scorches hundreds of square miles of forest just 75 miles east of here we debate whether allowing fires to burn naturally or aggressively attacking them is a better way to stop a repeat of such infernos. Shouldn't the real debate be our development patterns? Wildfires per se haven't gotten worse. It's the damage they inflict that has skyrocketed. Just 165 years ago pioneers marveled ...
MI-WUK VILLAGE – It's going to take more than a bucket of water and hoses to extinguish the Rim Fire.
Southside is unlike any other city park. Actually, you can argue at times that it isn't a city park. The city cuts the grass but the turf belongs to the gangs. If you doubt that go to the park that's just a skip and a holler or two away from Manteca's gleaming $7 million transit station. Pull up to the curb to take your kids to use the playground equipment and the odds are at ...
"We were bored and didn't have anything to do so we decided to kill somebody." - what one of three teen suspects in a thrill kill told police in Oklahoma.
Louisa Clapp arrived in what is now known as Manteca in 1849 with her husband Noah. The couple started a wheat farm. For the longest time they were the only ones living on a dirt road they dubbed Louisa Avenue. Then one day the county put up signs. But instead of the signs reading "Louisa" it read "Louise" instead. Years later when Mrs. Clapp was asked why she didn't have the name corrected, she reportedly ...
Manteca is not New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg's kind of town. That's because the Manteca City Council Tuesday dared to pose and answer the question: Is there a limit to Big Government? And the answer delivered by a split decision is "yes." In the Age of the Nanny State where everyone expects the government to do things for them and stop others from doing things they deem distasteful, the City Council stood up for arguably ...
Enjoying the air quality of the last few days? If you do, keep finding opportunities to idle your vehicle as much as you can. The fact we live in either the No. 1 or No. 2 worst air basin in the country depending upon the type of pollution isn't debatable. Nor is the fact there has been a 97 percent reduction of the San Joaquin Valley exceeding one-hour ozone standards since 1995. And while new ...
Face it. You are Jim Carrey and you are the star of "The Truman Show." Nothing in your life is too mundane to go virile. Brushing your teeth? That's 20 hits. Slipping on ice and falling on your rump? It is 1,958 hits. Try to get out of a bathroom you've been locked into via the window but losing your underwear in the process? That's probably 25,897 hits. Have your life taken by some crazed ...
QUESTION: If a chicken rancher has 50,000 chickens and he has to pay $40 a hen for new roomier cages to meet a state mandate how much of the cost are consumers going to absorb?
Got gas? California's 1.5 million cows do. And given that they generate over 30 million tons of manure a year and the fact one cow can emit between 100 and 200 liters of methane gas per day, they have been the target of government efforts to improve air quality for the past few years. Experts contend methane gas is 25 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon monoxide. That's why environmentalists have done ...
John Carney is a 31-year-old pursuing a master's degree in fine arts at the University of Maine.
The time may come when we refer to the good old days as when leaf blowers and cranked up music at parties along with buzzing flies were the most annoying sounds in our neighborhoods.
HANFORD - Dairy farmers in these parts – and the rest of California for that matter – do not operate in a fantasy world.
John Perez Sr. pulled into the stadium parking lot nearly three hours before kickoff and was still tardy to the tailgate party.
The nice thing about the 3.7 million water tank going up on Atherton Drive is that you won't see much of it.
"Fill my heart with song and let me sing forever more." - from Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon"
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Remember the good old days?
Before I met Robbie - a lanky, shy sixth grader who attended Sequoia School - I did things like raise money for the Boys & Girls Club because I thought it made sense. It was the right thing to do. It made me feel good. That type of thing.