Week 4 Player of the Game: Marcos Castillo

Marcos Castillo has been impacting all three phases of Sierra's varsity football team for three years now. Castillo, a senior, is a running back, kicker and linebacker who can even play a run-first quarterback when need be. On Friday, Castillo had two rushing touchdowns, a 2-point conversion run and hit »»Read Full Post

Mayor Silva: Police Review Board will 'calm the City back down and bring peace to the streets'

Mayor Anthony Silva said earlier this month he is going to form a "Civilian Police Review Board." He said at the time the process of establishing the commission would include a "development meeting" where participants would work to determine the procedures for the board. Optimistically, considering he faces a tough reelection fight »»Read Full Post

What is Integrated Pest Management?

What is Integrated Pest Management? Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an approach to prevent pests or manage pests in a less harmful manner than just reaching for a toxic chemical. It was developed by scientists in the 1970’s and the University of California program started in 1979. IPM helps homeowners, »»Read Full Post

The mayor on street protests

Mayor Anthony Silva released a three-minute campaign video giving his take on last Friday's the Black Lives Matter protest and violence. http://youtu.be/MHZ5pV9n0b8 "Personally, I don’t believe that closing down streets or yelling at people a City Council meetings is the answer," he says. "But I believe there should be a »»Read Full Post

Menu Cycliste

The English language, according to 'Global Language Monitor', has over 1 million words. And yet we need to borrow words from French, and sometimes change their meaning in the process. One example: in France an 'entree' is a first course of a meal. In the US, it refers to the »»Read Full Post

Adjacent to lovely Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, first national park east of Mississippi, celebrates 100 years in 2016

After spending a week in the Canadian Maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, we reentered the US at Calais, Maine. A friendly Border Patrol officer marveled at the thought of our long trip in such a small teardrop trailer. We followed Hwy. 1 south, seeing »»Read Full Post

Readers Photo Challenge: Open season

The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment didn’t have a specific subject but rather it was open to any subject from the previous assignments. In other words readers were encouraged send in their best pictures of whatever they wanted. From sunsets and close-ups to flowers and animals, whatever piqued their interests. »»Read Full Post

Would you walk down this street?

This photo begs the question: Would it be wise to create walkable communities before spending money to promote walking? Moments before I snapped this picture of a larger-than-life San Joaquin County Supervisor Bob Elliott smiling down from a billboard, I watched as a little girl with a backpack carefully stepped »»Read Full Post

Joe's Health Calendar

COMMUNITY EVENTS Community Engagement Coalition Meeting on Violence Prevention Sept. 29 (Thursday) 9 to 11 a.m.: The City of Stockton Office of Violence Prevention is calling on all service providers and community members to participate in the next Community Engagement Coalition meeting at the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium, 525 N. Center St., »»Read Full Post

California receives grants to help low-income students take Advanced Placement tests

The U.S. Department of Education announced it awarded California $11,043,703 in Advanced Placement grants as part of its efforts to boost college- and career-readiness for under-served students. California is one of 41 states and Washington, D.C., that received a total of $28.4 million to help settle the costs of taking advanced »»Read Full Post