Three Christmas musical treats - one by Del Webb at Woodbridge residents and two offered through the combined efforts of St. Paul's United Methodist Church and by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - are being staged over the next 10 days.
Spawning adult salmon on the Stanislaus River - the linchpin of what irrigation districts within the Northern San Joaquin Valley describe as a massive water grab proposal by the state - have increased by a factor of five since 2007 when work started on the 3,500-page State Water Control Board plan.
When I speak to friends of mine from other parts of the country, they always make digs about how California is this liberal bastion where everybody eats vegan and nobody owns guns and saying something remotely controversial is punishable by jail time.
"Though the great salmon runs were only in Northern California rivers, steelhead trout were trapped, speared or hooked as they returned to from the sea to spawn . . ." - A passage From David Carle's book, "Water and the California Dream".
George and Violet Perry's smiles are brighter than usual these days. And there's a very good reason for it. They have just arrived at life's pinnacle that only a few are blessed to reach. That's their diamond anniversary - 75 years of marital togetherness.
December 05, 2016|
ROSE ALBANO RISSO
I was near the top of Thimble Peak some 6,381 feet above the floor of Death Valley. What I saw before me was a bit unnerving. There was a section of Class 3 scrambling before I could reach the summit. I studied the ascent, the rock formations, and compared it to other challenging spots I've been in during the past several years on peak hikes much higher in the Sierra.