Despite the fact that they live on the other side of the world, a number of Afghanistan government officials took time during their tour of the Don Pedro Recreation Agency Visitor Center on Tuesday to remark that the California climate reminded them much of home.
Surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges, the Central Valley acts as a pool for pollutants produced by the region's roughly 3.5 million residents-this results in some of the worst air quality in the United States.
Maybe it was the array of lights on every float, person or car? Perhaps it was the funnel cakes, kettle corn or Santa up on the fire truck? Regardless the reason, roughly 30,000 people gathered in the heart of downtown Turlock Friday night for the 37th annual Downtown Christmas Parade, hosted by the Turlock Firefighters Local 2434.
The Advancing Children of Turlock club took 35 local children on a shopping spree at Target on Wednesday. The club members focused on buying the children coats, shoes and warm clothes for the cold winter season. At the end of the shopping spree, the kids received a hot meal and a visit from Santa.
For over 30 years, the community of Columbia has come together each December to present their unique take on Las Posadas. The original Spanish holiday tradition re-enacts the biblical story of Mary and Joseph's search for shelter in Bethlehem on the original Christmas Eve. In Columbia, as Mary and Joseph seek shelter they encounter gold mining shepherds, saloon tenders and 1850's fire fighters, along with a host of more traditional angels.
For a middling fisherman like me, a nibble in a backcountry lake is a big deal, especially the first one after eight days on the trail. I eagerly reeled in the hook I had cast into the high-elevation lake beneath Isberg Peak in southeastern Yosemite, only to feel the line abruptly stick. My sinker had lodged beneath a rock on the lake bottom.
December 04, 2015|
BY MATT JOHANSON
Special to the Journal
As a record-breaking drought continues to parch California with no foreseeable end, the Tuolumne River Trust is hoping to transform local students into knowledgeable water stewards with a first-of-its-kind K-12 water literacy program at Hughson Unified School District.