Rudolph, the Red-Nose Reindeer is still one of my favorite Christmas television specials. Of course, I'm talking about the long-running Rankin/Bass production. To this day, I consider it as one of the best children shows for the holidays despite airing many moons ago. Rudolph, the ousted reindeer with his beaming red nose, teams up with Hermy, an elf who wants to be a dentist, and the prospector, Yukon Cornelius. Together, they find themselves on the ...
Ripon's very own Santa and Mrs. Claus have added Christmas cheer in town for the last 24 years only to be sidelined by a serious double bout with the flu this yuletide season.
Dear Santa, I've tried to be a good boy for the past year. I've paid my taxes on time, spent most of my money in town and gave when I could to help Manteca charities. I ripped out the front lawn and planted 108 shrubs in a bid to reduce water use and didn't kill any gophers this year although it wasn't for want of trying. I kept my PG&E bill under $30 a month ...
There are grumblings from the PG&E camp that the Boys & Girls Club board has endorsed the South San Joaquin Irrigation District in its bid to takeover the PG&E retail system in Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon with the objective of reducing rates 15 percent across the board.
Visiting places like Bodie – the fabled eastern Sierra mining ghost town that is now a state park – makes me a bit uneasy.
They huff and they puff over global warming, the budget, the prison system, and education. They pontificate like a broken record about campaign reform while dabbling in issues such as whether to legalize marijuana and same-sex marriage. Yet the California Legislature continues to ignore the one thing that nothing will work without – water. This state built the greatest water conveyance system the world has ever known to turn arid valleys and coastal plains into ...
As a kid, I thought it was just weird. There was a family of four boys that lived directly across the alley. Their dad was a laborer and their mom stayed at home. They lived in a home without a foundation. I thought they were no different than me. We'd do what kids did before it became politically incorrect as we played everything from combat, hide and seek, to cowboys and Indians. Sometimes we'd play ...
I now know where the phrase "ice water running through your veins" comes from. Nora had warned me that at the end of the process of donating that when my blood was returned minus the platelets that it would lower my body temperature. She wasn't kidding. People who know me know I have no problem with cold. The temperature in my arm dropped so suddenly that I actually started laughing. Saturday was the first time ...
If there was ever a time that schools need the full support of the public it is now. Unfortunately, the Manteca Unified School District board has opted to reduce public access on its most elementary and basic level – public board meetings. The school board on a split 4-3 vote Tuesday - with Rex Holiday, Nancy Teicheira, and Manuel Medeiros dissenting – reduced the frequency of regularly scheduled board meeting to once a month. The ...
Sue Inglish has no problem eating wild game for supper, whether it is served indoors or outdoors.
It wasn't too many years ago that Manteca was the laughingstock of the Northern San Joaquin Valley thanks to a dysfunctional city council.
She was a hero, an idol in so many ways that do not have anything to do with fame, fortune, or notoriety.
There is a way to stop urbanization from destroying farmland to the southwest of Manteca. All it takes is convincing three of the five Manteca City Council members sometime next spring that they should not support any new alignment of the cross-levee that parallels Woodward Avenue to a point west of Airport. Instead, Manteca should push for the heightening and widening of the existing "dry levee" and extend it as far as needed to the ...
California has a growing water problem. The Golden State is now in the middle of its third drought since 1976. The state's population is expected to boom from 38 million to 48 million by the year 2025. The 806-page California Water Plan report released in 1998 noted the state already has an annual shortfall of 1.6 million acre feet of water. California imports this shortfall from out-of-state sources. By 2025, the shortfall will expand to ...
Finally someone gets it. The San Francisco Chronicle in a story on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's nomination of Abel Maldonado to replace John Garamendi as lieutenant governor quotes GOP consultant Patrick Dorinson who made a rather astute observation of what ails the California Republican Party leadership. Dorinson is quoted as saying "I'm tired of seeing the Orange County and Placer County axis try to run the Republican Party in this state. They should be happy to ...
Manteca is celebrating an anniversary this year that is one for the books.
LATHROP – And I wondered why people don't trust the government.
Ripon – the community – possesses a wealth of heart-inspiring stories in the minds of its many highly respected senior citizens.
It was the white lie of the last decade.
Shame on you, Tim Cook.
The San Joaquin Valley's blessing is its curse.
Mom didn't die.
Imagine your kid playing on an aging soccer field.
Here's a little nugget for those embroiled in the debate over gun control: Young men kill.
Almost four years ago, I wrote a column entitled "The Obama Effect" in which I described how fear and distrust of our then newly elected President created panic among our citizenry and that there were massive shortages of almost every kind of ammunition imaginable.
Is the plan PG&E proof?
DEAR DIDI: It hasn't been all that hot yet but I noticed when I was walking my English Bulldog the other day he refused to stay on the sidewalk. Can you tell me about temperatures for walks and what I should watch for when I take her in the car? -Worried Mommy in Manteca
Pundits - and editorial cartoonists - are having a field day over Congress' decision to restore funding for air traffic controllers while letting programs such as Headstart for low-income kids and Meals on Wheels for shut-in senior citizens take federal budget hits.