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Alex Breitler

A native of Benicia, he lives in Stockton with his wife, Ann, who forces him to go backpacking in the Sierra Nevada or Trinity Alps at every opportunity. He has been writing mostly about natural resources since 2003, first in Redding and now in Stockton. He has given up on ever finding a giant garter snake, San Joaquin County’s gnarliest-sounding endangered species.

Don’t forget the floods

Michael Cockrell, San Joaquin County’s director of emergency services, said Wednesday that only five California counties participated in Flood Awareness Week in late October. “That’s sad,” he said. Yes, we’re in a drought, but we know how quickly things change in California. At the same meeting where Cockrell made his comment, a FEMA representative noted [...]

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Dino-isms

Always quick with a snappy quote, Dino Cortopassi was on his game Monday when he spoke to a coffee group about his recent “Liar, Liar” advertising campaign, targeting Gov. Jerry Brown for declaring a “balanced budget” earlier this year. Here’s my recap from today’s dead-tree edition of The Record, and here are the ads if [...]

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‘Tales of the San Joaquin’

A reader sent this video about the restoration of the San Joaquin River. It’s long-ish (about 20 minutes) but interesting, if you’ve got time.

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Hyacinth: A danger to pets?

I’ve heard folks suggest that hyacinth might be as dangerous for dogs as it is for boats. The theory is that pets frolicking in the Delta with their owners might be tempted to jump out of their boats and onto the floating mats of vegetation, mistaking the hyacinth for dry land. Hyacinth did endanger a [...]

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Remembering Steve Stocking

From mice to mountain lions, Steve Stocking was my go-to guy anytime I had a critter question. Steve died on Sunday. In 2010 he took me on a tour at the Delta College campus, showing off the college’s diverse urban forest — below is some video we took on that occasion. Speaking of trees, Steve’s [...]

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The analyst vs. the artist

I am your classic, analytical left-brainer. This is my definition of what a complex environmental plan looks like: Put a highlighter in my right hand, a beverage in my left, prop my feet up on the desk and I’ll devour that bad boy with pleasure (well, maybe that’s going too far). The artists with the [...]

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How the water bond played out

Some tidbits from last night’s water bond vote: • Twelve counties opposed the bond, 10 of which roughly make up the state of Jefferson territory in far Northern California. The other two? Calaveras and Inyo. • San Joaquin County voters were inclined to support the bond (59 percent), but were considerably less enthusiastic than other [...]

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At least the birds are happy

Ann and I took a run late Saturday along the levee on the south side of Brookside. Heading south, as we turned the corner and began to run alongside the Calaveras River, we were surprised to see close to two dozen great egrets and snowy egrets perched atop floating mats of water hyacinth. Each bird [...]

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‘We have a little more money’

So said Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday to a small group of Restore the Delta protesters at an event in Williams. Brown asked how the Stockton-based group had paid for its signs opposing Proposition 1, the water bond on Tuesday’s ballot, a measure that the governor has strongly supported. Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta’s executive [...]

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Smoking is a bad Habit

One of Stockton’s newest burger joints appears to have a smoking problem. While the line out the door most evenings suggests folks love The Habit (my wife is one of them), not everyone is as enthusiastic about the cloud of smoke that often wafts from a rooftop vent. At times, the smoke drifts south across [...]

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