A talk with the king of river rats

  Bill Conner, the 86-year-old river rat who built Lost Isle into the Delta's premier party place, returned my call from his unique barge/house on the Deep Water Channel too late for inclusion into today's column. But Conner was in good form, profane, funny, politically incorrect. I told him how »»Read Full Post

Lodi Unified announces summer nutrition program

The Summer Nutrition Services Program, hosted by Lodi Unified School District, will serve free meals to all children and teens 18 years old and younger at the following locations: Stockton Sutherland Elementary (550 Spring River Cir.), 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. breakfast, 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. lunch - June 5-30. Creekside »»Read Full Post

Plotting that perfect (well, almost perfect) road trip!

How to plan that perfect (well, almost perfect) road trip We recently dined with old friends, including one couple where she had recently retired, and was looking forward to the retirement of her husband – and to them making those long-delayed road trips. Whether retired or planning that next vacation, here »»Read Full Post

Protecting You And Your Garden During A Heatwave

Hello summer! Today marks the official first day of summer and it is hot out there! The last thing you may be thinking about are your plants in the garden but this week of temperatures over 100° can be stressful on our landscapes. The sizzling heat not only affects your »»Read Full Post

Scaring Stoker

Poor Stoker. After the Gorge de la Nesque ride we were sitting at lunch. I enjoyed my entree, a goat cheese tart. But during the plat I started to feel pressure on my temples, and my vision was obscured by shimmering lights I wasn't  dizzy or nauseous. I thought I »»Read Full Post

More confusion than clarity in tunnels EIR

The final version of Gov. Jerry Brown's twin tunnels plan is better than earlier drafts but still contains "key flaws," independent scientists say, including an environmental impact report that is so chock full of facts that it doesn't tell a clear story. The latest draft critique marks the Independent Science »»Read Full Post

Miracle Mile building owner appeals city shutdown of his property

Anthony Vignolo, attorney for Christopher "Kit" Bennitt, has filed an appeal with the city over last week's closure of the Empire Theatre building on the Miracle Mile: "Bennitt protests the City's finding of building and fire code violations at the Property. Specifically, Bennitt disputes the existence of the violations detailed »»Read Full Post

Joe's Health Calendar

COMMUNITY EVENTS Lunch and Learn with CV-RAPS About Strokes, Brain Health June 27 (Tuesday) 12:30 to 2 p.m.: Stockton nonprofit Healings In Motion sponsors CV-RAPS – Central Valley Recovery, Awareness, Preventing Strokes – on the fourth Tuesday of the month at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Basement Classroom, 1800 N. California St., Stockton. Survivors, caregivers, »»Read Full Post

The Way Too Early 2017 All-Area Football Team

It's 78 days until kickoff, which means the anticipation is at a whisper, not a scream. Still, it's never too early (I mean, it is, but this is fun nonetheless) to construct a "Way Too Early" look at how our first team All-Area squad could look after this upcoming season. »»Read Full Post

Outtakes: May's days

"The world's favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May." - Edwin Way Teale May has ended which brought the end of the spring sports season for high schools. Here are 10 of my favorite unposted photos from the month. ______________________________________ 5/8/2017: ______________________________________ 5/152017: ______________________________________ 5/16/2017: ______________________________________ »»Read Full Post