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New farm positions help ease valley unemployment rate

New farm positions help ease valley unemployment rate

STOCKTON – The unemployment rate continues to drop in the Central Valley. Merced County saw the biggest decline, dropping 1.1 percent from March to April, to 11.6 percent.

The San Joaquin County rate dropped to 8.8 percent in April from 9.4 percent in March while Stanislaus County’s rate dropped from 10.3 percent to 9.8 percent... Read More

Police: Suspect tried to run over Manteca man


Police arrested a suspect for purposely trying to run over and kill a Manteca man Friday morning.

Aaron Harris, 29, was booked into San Joaquin County Jail for attempted murder, Manteca police Lt. Tony Souza said.

Officers found Sergios Bejar, 21, wounded around 5:30 a.m. in the 300 block of N. Grant Avenue. Souza said Bejar was hit by a vehicle. Bejar was taken to a nearby hospital and then later airlifted to another hospital to get treatment. Souza said Bejar was listed in critical condition.

During an investigation into the incident, detectives found Bejar was intentionally hit by a vehicle and identified Harris as the suspect.

Souza said the police department continues to investigate case. Anyone with information is urged to call the Manteca Police Department at 209-456-8101.


Dairy still state’s top agricultural product

Dairy still state’s top agricultural product

The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) recently released a study that documents just how important the dairy industry is in California. California farms sold approximately $9.4 billion worth of milk last year. The dairy industry, as a whole, added more than $21 billion to the gross state product in 2014... Read More

Manteca teacher explains using noose at board meeting


A Manteca elementary school teacher is defending his actions at a recent school board meeting.

That teacher held up a rope fashioned into a noose to demonstrate what he's calls the "political lynching" of a black school board member.

If Leo Bennett-Cauchon was looking to stir up reaction at last week's school board meeting, he certainly got it.

He says he held up the rope tied into a noose to make a point about racism happening within the school board itself.

"I was illustrating what I consider to be a political lynching and held this up for just a couple of seconds saying, 'this is how it's perceived by the African-American community,'" Bennett-Cauchon said.

When he held up the rope at the meeting, the crowd gasped and some booed.

Photos of Lodi Wine Nation at another fun, tranquil ZinFest

Photos of Lodi Wine Nation at another fun, tranquil ZinFest

ZinFesters know what they like…Lodi grown wine!

Blame it all on their roots, they showed up in boots, and all kinds of hats and wine-country-chic apparel, including threads studded with corks from their favorite bottlings of Lodi wine!

They also came from places as far as Canada (whole contingents from both Vancouver and Toronto), Iowa or Florida, and as near as Sacramento, San Francisco, Reno, Carlsbad or L.A.  According Macchia Wines owner/winemaker Tim Holdener, quoted in the local paper (Lodi News-Sentinel), the 2015 Lodi ZinFest Wine Festival “was very exciting… the crowd really got into it this year.”... Read More

Tracy fire continues to impact air quality in three counties


A biomass fire near Tracy continues to produce significant smoke impacts, affecting the air quality in three counties.

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District said the smoke from the fire is being sent to San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties.

Smoke from the blaze can emit fine particulate matter (PM2.5), which can cause health issues such as asthma attacks, lung disease and increase the risk of heart attacks, according to the air district. Potentially vulnerable are those with respiratory conditions and older adults and children.

Firefighters extinguished the large fire that burned for several days, leading air officials to issue the health advisory.