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E-ticket ride

In March, I went on a media tour of the then newly opened DTE biomass power plant at the Port of Stockton. The facility burns wood waste collected from around the region to heat water, which in turn makes steam to turn a generator to produce electricity. One of the more interesting things at the […]

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There are some photos that are so iconic that even another that bears an incidental resemblance to it can conjure the legendary original. The famous photo of the Marines raising the American flag at Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima in 1945 was taken by the late Joe Rosenthal, who was working for the Associated Press […]

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I grew up watching the old Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes cartoons with Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck and the like. One of the things that I liked about them was the music. Whenever there was a factory/assembly line scene, a methodical driving beat seemed always to be in the background. It was Powerhouse, a […]

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As clear as plastic

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/80th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200) I’ve been to many factories or businesses with lots of moving machinery. Almost invariably I’m asked to don some items for safety. Usually it’s a brightly colored vest, a hard hat, and then sometimes some ear and eye protection. I […]

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Spill the wine

Wine has an image of being sexy and romantic. One envisions candlelit dinners next to a crackling fireplace and fancy bottle of wine. I recently covered the Unified Grape and Wine Symposium at the Sacramento Convention Center in downtown Sacramento and it seemed anything but sexy. Informative? Certainly. Practical? Sure. Sexy? Not so much. The event […]

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A big fan

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/125th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 400) I covered the grand opening of the new Sears Direct Distribution (SDD) warehouse recently and it’s a really big place. It’s touted as a “green” building” with a recycling program, motion control lighting, special reflecting roofing among other innovations. (Camera: […]

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Thinking Small

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/60th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 400) The operators of the new Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Manteca gave the media a tour of the half-finished store last week. They started by walking us over to the construction trailer and showing us a scale model diorama […]

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At the drop of a hat

An Indiana Jones fedora made by Dorfman Pacific on display at the company’s headquarters in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 20mm. Exposure: 1/80th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 200) Stockton-based Dorfman Pacific bills itself as the one of the world’s largest full-line headwear and handbag companies. It produces several thousand different kinds of […]

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The white glove treatment

(Camera: D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/250 sec., @ f/16. ISO: 200) I covered the grand opening of the Aisin Manufacturing California Plant in Stockton. They make Toyota Corolla and Pontiac Vibe door frames for the NUMMI auto plant in Fremont. Part of the ceremony was the obligatory ribbon cutting.  On a nearby […]

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Light wine

Empty wine glasses sit in a table in the media room at the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium trade show at the Sacramento convention Center in downtown Sacramento. (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 80-200mm @ 200mm. Exposure: 1/125 sec., f/8. ISO: 200) “Wine is bottled poetry.” – Robert Louis Stevenson Jon Fredrikson with Gomberg, Fredrikson […]

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