To quote one of my favorite authors, Henry David Thoreau, "Man is rich in comparison to what he can let alone." I was reminded of that quote this past week as I was camping up at Clarks Fork. For those who have no idea where Clarks Fork is, it's roughly 60 miles above Sonora, located in the Stanislaus National Forest. Unlike my last camping trip, there's no WiFi or cell phone service. So, for four straight days it might as well have been 1985. It felt great not having to worry about checking emails, missed phone calls, and ...
At the 26th annual Toyota/Save Mart 350, Carl Edwards didn't lead the most laps, but when he took over the top spot with 26 laps to go, he led the most important ones. It was Edwards' first ever win on a road course. It was the culmination of a lot of hard work and practice on road courses. Edwards qualified fourth and looked to be strong, but his car fell off early on in during the race, but his crew chief (Jimmy Fennig) was able to make the right car setup calls that would put Edwards back up ...
Michael Anthony Figueroa, Jr. and Colleen Annette Cornish, together with their families, have announced their engagement. The couple plans to marry on June 29, 2014 at Monastery Beach in Carmel Valley.
Andrew Joel Martinez and Mandy Kay Carstens have announced their plans to wed.
Beulah "Boots" Miller, 90, passed away on Tuesday, June 17 in Oakdale.
Carole Lucille Hill, 85, of Escalon, passed away on Tuesday, June 17.
Mary Hensley, 83, died peacefully Friday, June 13 with her children by her side.
At the MAC meeting to be held Thursday, June 26th, the slurry seal of all the streets in the Ferry will be discussed. The meeting is at 7:00 p.m. at the clubhouse. The sealing of the streets will be July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. There will be no cars or pedestrians allowed on the seal for two hours. The first streets to be done are Dent past Vantine and Vantine and Main Street on the 1st. The next day will be Lynde, Shurl, Dean and the rest of Dent. Day three will be Ellen Street and in front ...
Here in Valley Home we love to celebrate the good in life! Recently one of our favorite Valley Home families reached a big milestone. Jeff and Sally Chrisman celebrated 23 years of marriage on June 15th, which was also Father's Day this year. The Chrisman family spent a wonderful four days with their children at the Long Barn Lodge and on Lake Beardsley kayaking and fishing. The couple's youngest daughter Callie Ann Chrisman even caught two large Rainbow Trout. Way to go Callie Ann! Jeff and Sally are truly unique and caring people, so full of love that ...
The family and friends of Blake Barry, the victim of a hit and run fatal accident on Dec. 29, 2013 in Waterford, is offering a reward starting at $10,000 in the case. The reward will grow as donations are received, and is designed to reward persons for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the hit and run death of Barry. The incident occurred in the 12500 block of Dorsey Street in Waterford.
Oakdale FFA members recently attended a three-day sectional leadership conference in Pinecrest over a weekend, at Camp Sylvester. During this time FFA chapters from the Stanislaus-Tuolumne section and the Tri-Rivers section went along with two delegates selected by their chapters. These delegates were to vote for the new sectional officers that would represent each section at regional meetings and events and also help run the section.
A late Saturday afternoon accident resulted in fatal injuries to the motorcyclist involved and tied up traffic for hours as police investigated the crash.
Steven Bruce Cochran 49, of Silt, Colo., died Thursday, May 29 in Glenwood Springs, Colo.
Arvin Lloyd Fore, 77, died Monday, June 9 in Oakdale.
Earl Lloyd Giddens, 88, died Monday, May 26.
The University of California, Merced, marks a major milestone this week with the start of the 2014-15 academic year - its 10th since opening its doors in 2005 as the first new UC campus in 40 years.
The other day while driving home from work I saw a truck towing a trailer with a couple snowmobiles on it. I thought to myself, that's odd being the middle of summer. Then as I thought some more, I thought about my boat parked in my backyard with very few places to go anymore that have any water. Like a lot of you, I'm hoping for an early fall and lots of rain. If I've learned anything through writing this column, it's that our weather system seems to go through cycles. I'm hoping that this ...
Dr. David L. Bristow, D.V.M., 93, of Riverbank passed away on Thursday, Aug. 14. He was a long time resident of Riverbank.
Patrick Shawn Brennan, 50, of Escalon passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 following a series of long-term major infections and complications due to diabetes.
Knights Ferry School got off to an interesting start - two days without school because of the water main break in town. The pipe was by the new bridge and the Community Service District helped dig up the pipe and replace it. County health officials put a boil your tap water before drinking in place for two days. All the town restaurants had to close until the water passed the health department's tests. By Friday all was back to normal.
Don't forget that St. John's/St. Luke's Church will be having a yard sale, bake sale, and enchilada sale on Friday, August 29 and Saturday, August 30 at the Church, 8 a.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. on Saturday. There will be a limited number of frozen pies, and enchiladas sell for 1/2 dozen for $15.00. Come and support their well fund and take advantage of this opportunity to support the Valley Home community!
Emergency personnel responded to a fatal injury accident midafternoon Tuesday, Aug. 26 along Highway 108 near Lover's Leap. Initial reports from the scene indicated at least one confirmed fatality in the crash that occurred about 2:30 p.m., with the Stanislaus County Coroner called to the scene, and two others listed as 'critical' when transported out. At least one victim was flown out via air ambulance and authorities reported victims had serious burns due to the crash and a vehicle fire, which also started an adjacent field fire.
The Napa Valley area is under a state of emergency following a magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck between Napa and American Canyon at 3:20 a.m. today. This was the largest earthquake in the Bay Area since the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, almost 25 years ago.
Lucille Marie Oliveira, 89, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.
Roberta Marie (Coon) Humphrey, 63, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.
Nancy I. Griffin, 64, of Modesto died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014.
Special Birthday wishes go out to long time Valley Home resident, Russ Carpenter. Russ is well known in Valley Home as a caring friend, a man you can trust completely, a devoted family man, and a man with a great sense of humor! Russ is very genuine, and it is always a pleasure when he comes by for a visit. You always feel better after a visit with Russ. Russ, we hope your birthday was the best ever, thank you for being the kind of man you are. Many returns of this special day to you!
Knights Ferry School started the new year with 87 students. Things are moving fast. The 6th Graders will be going to Outdoor Education on September 29-Oct. 3rd. Back to School Night will be Thursday, August 28th with each teacher giving a 25 minute presentation in their classrooms, starting with Kindergarten at 5:30 p.m. then progressing through the grades. The teachers will present their daily routines, rules and information on Common Core. The Knights Ferry School Band will begin September 2nd. An informational meeting for new band members will be Thursday, August 21 at 1:30 p.m. in ...
Oakdale Irrigation District directors moved a step closer Tuesday morning to raising agricultural water rates for the first time in three decades. Next, it will be up to the district's 2,900 customers to vote on whether they agree to pay significantly more for their water.