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.
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.
As a kid, I thought it was just weird.
I now know where the phrase "ice water running through your veins" comes from.
If there was ever a time that schools need the full support of the public it is now.
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.
California has a growing water problem.
Finally someone gets it.
There are pet peeves and then there is absolute rudeness.
It's still happening – and this time it's taking place in our own backyard. Predatory American Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuits are being filed against small business owners across Manteca. Twenty-one businesses have already been hit, all by Sacramento-area attorney Scott Johnson who has over 3,000 such lawsuits pending throughout California.
Modesto last month lost nine townhouses to a fast-moving grass fire.
The working thesis of the Manteca General Plan is simple. It's all about doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
One hopes that some of the nurses carelessly making inaccurate representations of Kaiser's financial picture are a bit more careful when administering medicine to patients.
Not even I can defend this one. Since Barack Obama was elected President, he has misstepped many times. I have defended most of those because every step he takes a step he does so with an anchor in the form of the Republican Party pulling him back. The Republicans have attempted to marginalize him since before he took office.
It was 12:45 a.m. on New Year's Eve (day, technically) and I was standing outside of a bar on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco with no cell phone, no wallet, no ID and five crinkled $1 bills in my pocket.
Brian McClain is an assistant professor for physical and natural sciences at the College of Western Idaho,
My idea of a quality T-shirt is a California muscle shirt made by Urban Pipeline.
SONdance presents this year's production entitled "Abundance" at the Ripon Christian High Performing Arts Center located at 435 N. Maple Ave., in Ripon, on Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $9 in advance or $12 at the door.
How do the folks on the space station orbiting earth right now get fresh drinking water?
I admire the Manteca Firefighters Association and their dedication to raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Forget that fences make good neighbors.
I was shocked, saddened, and angered the other day when I read that some crazy guy in Santa Barbara had killed six innocent people before taking his own life.
What does $12.3 million buy?
Are libraries relevant?