Category Archives: General news

AgFest costume contest

TOP: Nine-year-old Gracie Irola with the Escalon 4H dressed as Cleopatra while her steer Harold was made up as King Tut in the annual costume contest where animals are dressed up by the kids who raised them at the AgFest at the San Joaquin County fairgrounds in Stockton.  BOTTOM LEFT: Fourteen-year-old Erin Grogan, left, and [...]

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Sounds of Swenson

TOP: Austin James performs with his band at the first Sounds of Swenson concert at Swenson Park in Stockton. The concert in the park series is presented every second Thursday of the month from June to September in association with Save Swenson. BOTTOM LEFT: About 200 to 300 people listen to Austin James perform with [...]

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Bullets, balloons and paintball

When people think of the word “photojournalist” they often think of a photographer covering some war-torn corner of the globe, however, I have never desired to be one of those photographers. For a couple of reasons, I have always preferred to take local photos of the people and places much closer to home. First, there [...]

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Safe Trick or Treat at UOP

TOP LEFT: Ten-month-old Alondra Merritt is dressed as a pineapple at the 18th annual Safe Trick or Treat event at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. TOP CENTER-LEFT: Five-year-old Solida Pen-Meach dressed as an space alien. TOP CENTER-RIGHT: Eight-year-old Year Juarez dressed as artist Frida Kahlo. TOP RIGHT: Six-year-old, Julian Rodriguez wears a Curious [...]

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Napa wine country fire relief

TOP: Craig Ledbetter with Vino Farms rearranges donations to make room for more items in a semi trailer at the Lange Twins Winery in Acampo bound as relief for people displaced by the fires in the Napa wine country. BOTTOM LEFT: Water and food are offloaded from a farm truck to be transferred to a [...]

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U.S. senator Kamala Harris visits Stockton

TOP: U.S. Senator Kamala Harris was the keynote speaker at the San Joaquin Valley Leadership Conference held at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel in downtown Stockton. MIDDLE: U.S. Senator Kamala Harris speaks at the San Joaquin Valley Leadership Conference. BOTTOM LEFT: U.S. Senator Kamala Harris shakes hands with the public after speaking at the San [...]

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Graduation day

May is the season for graduations and soon the sounds of Pomp and Circumstance will be playing at high schools, colleges, arenas and stadiums throughout the country. Graduations are among the milestone moments of our children’s lives and it’s only natural that we want to preserve those moments in photographs. The best and easiest times [...]

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Meet Artie D, the…

Also seen in the Stockton Chinese New Years Parade was “Artie D” the mascot for the San Joaquin Regional Transit District. Like so many other business mascots, Artie is portrayed by a person in a plush costume. The thing is, I don’t know what Artie is supposed to be. Pacific Gas and Electric’s mascot (which [...]

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Luck of the…

It is a Chinese tradition to give out small red envelopes during special events such as a wedding or New Years. They’re supposed to represent good luck and prosperity. The envelopes are red, a color that’s supposed to represent good luck in Chinese culture. They’re usually stuffed money and given as gifts. The sum can [...]

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Random photo #54: Tiny dancer

4-year-old Raziya Ward dances to the beat of a DJ while waiting for a 9/11 ceremony to start at the Sierra Vista Community Center in south Stockton.

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