First her home in El Rancho Mobile Home Park was gutted by fire.
Then, less than a week later, her purse was stolen from the lobby of a nearby hotel where she was staying while trying to put her life back together.
Now Kathryn Swain has been jolted again. But this time it is the outpouring of help she has been receiving.
She reports people have been coming up to her and simply handing her $20 bills or stuffing them in her replacement purse to help her get through her current challenges.
Rare sea turtle
Lathrop in river
A rare sea turtle has made its way to Lathrop via the San Joaquin River.
Fisherman Dan Maloon thought he saw a plastic bag floating in the San Joaquin River recently, but looked closer and realized it was a turtle. He shot video of the creature and shared it with experts.
Marine wildlife experts at Turtle Island Restoration Network confirmed that it was an Eastern Pacific green sea turtle. The species is endangered and most commonly found in waters off central and southern Mexico.
The turtle might have been lured north by warm El Nino waters, but the temperature of water in Northern California could cause hypothermia.
guards are needed
Organizers of Jordan Crossing — a group of adults that stepped forward to enhance the safety of students walking to and from school after a Shasta School first grader was struck and killed by a car in September — has a serious need for more volunteers.
Those interested in helping are asked to contact Ben Suggs at 209.636.9434 for an application. A background check is required.
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