Joe's Health Calendar

COMMUNITY EVENTS What You Need to Know About Joe's Health Calendar Have a health-oriented event the public in San Joaquin County should know about? Let me know at and I’ll get it into my Health Calendar. I’m not interested in promoting commercial enterprises here, but I am interested in helping out »»Read Full Post

Random photo #60: Golden hour ride

A cyclist is greeted by a golden sunset as he crosses the Donald B. Wood pedestrian bridge over the Calaveras River between Pacific Avenue and Pershing Avenue in Stockton. »»Read Full Post

Will tunnels lead to toxic algae?

We don't typically hear much from the U.S. Geological Survey about the governor's twin tunnels plan, though the agency is loaded with water quality experts. This fact sheet released last month isn't about the tunnels, per se, but on the fifth page USGS does touch briefly on some of the »»Read Full Post

February Madness: SJAA Boys Playoff Scenarios

We're six days away from the Sac-Joaquin Section boys and girls basketball playoff brackets being released. It's that time of year, people. It's palpable. Basketball playoffs are unlike any other. Just ask Jimmy Chitwood: #IllMakeIt With that in mind, the San Joaquin Athletic Association boys hoops slate finishes tonight, »»Read Full Post

Beckman: raises, yes, but not for all

John Beckman, CEO of the Building Industry Association of the Greater Valley, writes: "Another great piece on city finances.  I concur with your assessment, police need more pay – not necessarily more benefits, which create long term financing problems, but more in the compensation side which can be compared city »»Read Full Post

G Man gets 'Stoned'

G-Man (Paul Glickman) was very excited at the start of today's ride in Wallace. "It's show and tell time!" he said, and presented me with a baggie containing a sharp edged piece of gravel about 1/2 inch across. "Look what came out of my knee!" he exclaimed. Here is the »»Read Full Post

1986: Stockton's first Asparagus Festival

The first Asparagus Festival drew huge crowds in 1986, as thousands gathered to celebrate the tasty green spears and everything else the festival had to offer. RECORD FILE 1986 »»Read Full Post

Frustration mounting over slow pace of Measure A police staffing increases

As reported last week, the Stockton Police Department faces a very tall order if it is to reach its Measure A sales-tax goal of 485 officers by June 30, 2017. As of last week, the department had 395 officers. To reach 485 on schedule, the department would have to have »»Read Full Post

Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies; towers of rock stand sentinel over frigid landscape!

On a recent trip to Whitefish, Montana to join friends for a ski vacation, we ventured into nearby Glacier National Park for two days of exploring. We then trekked north another 350 miles into British Columbia and Alberta to see Kootenay and Banff National Parks. This is the story of »»Read Full Post

Ornamental Grasses for Low-Water Landscaping

We usually equate the word “grass” with “lawn,” but did you know there are many durable and decorative grasses that can be combined with other flowering perennial plants to create a lovely water-wise garden? Although the term “ornamental grasses” can refer to both true grasses and other grass-like plants, we’ll »»Read Full Post