January 7, 2019



Deadline FAST APPROACHING:  Wonderful Public Service Graduate Fellowship

The Maddy Institute

Applications Due Friday, February 22nd, 2019. Through the generosity of The Wonderful Company, San Joaquin Valley students will have the opportunity to become the next generation of Valley leaders through The Wonderful Public Service Graduate Fellowship. The Maddy Institute will award two $56,000 Fellowships to Valley students who are accepted into a nationally ranked, qualified graduate program in the fall of 2019.

On the rise? The Central Valley is beating the Bay Area and L.A. in key measures

Fresno Bee

It may be time to stop thinking of the Central Valley as the downtrodden sibling to California’s coastal powers.

North SJ Valley:

Josh Harder vows accessibility on his first day in Congress

Modesto Bee

A few hours after taking the oath of office on Thursday, and shortly before casting votes aimed at ending the government shutdown, Rep. Josh Harder and his wife, Pam, filmed a Facebook Live event reflecting on his first day in Congress, and he promised such accessibility will be a hallmark of his service for the next two years.

Central SJ Valley:

Larry Salinas appointed to Big Fresno Fair board of directors

Fresno State Campus News

Lawrence “Larry” Salinas has been appointed to serve on the 21st District Agricultural Association, Big Fresno Fair Board of Directors by Gov. Jerry Brown. Salinas has been the executive director of governmental relations at Fresno State since 2016.

South SJ Valley:

Congressman TJ Cox sworn in

Hanford Sentinel

Congressman TJ Cox was sworn in Thursday as the representative for California’s 21st Congressional District.

Lindsay’s first Council meeting of the year brings opportunity for Council reorganization

Porterville Recorder

Lindsay’s City Council is back in session with their first meeting of the new year scheduled for Tuesday evening. Locals should note that this meeting begins five minutes earlier, at 5:55 p.m., than the regularly-scheduled meetings, which usually begin at 6 p.m.

Two congressmen, two distinctly different week-one experiences

Bakersfield Californian

The House of Representatives has 435 members. The two who represent Kern County couldn’t be much further apart in the pecking order.


What’s different about Gavin Newsom’s inauguration? More stars, no broken legs

Fresno c

The inaugural celebration for Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, which began over the weekend, is the most extensive, star-studded and public for a California governor in two decades.

See Also:

●     From Brown to Newsom, California To See New Style, Substance Capital Public Radio

●     ‘No substitute for parents spending time with their children’: Newsom puts early focus on kids Sacramento Bee

●     It can’t get much better for Newsom as California’s next governor. But it’s almost certain to get worse Los Angeles Times

●     Newsom unveils more state budget promises on education and paid family leave Los Angeles Times

●     Inauguration fever hits Sacramento as Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom prepares to take office Los Angeles Times

●     Skelton: As California’s new governor, Gavin Newsom needs to address what no one wants to talk about Los Angeles Times

●     As Newsom inaugural events begin, he unveils more state budget promises on education and paid family leave Los Angeles Times

●     Maybe not a bond, but there’s a connection between Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom as governors of California Los Angeles Times

●     Analysis: What could go wrong for Gavin Newsom? Plenty San Francisco Chronicle

●     Newsom names Bay Area businessman as top economic and business adviser San Francisco Chronicle

●     New California Gov. Newsom takes office Monday, throws high-priced events San Francisco Chronicle

●      ‘More aggressive and in your face’: Newsom takes power in California Politico

●      How Gov-Elect Gavin Newsom could shape California CALmatters

●      Gavin Newsom’s keeping it all in the family CALmatters

●      Gavin Newsom’s file  PolitiFact

Jerry Brown gave us lessons, not legacy. How he avoided big mistakes and stayed authentic

Merced Sun-Star

I, for one, think we should trust him on this. When Brown takes an odd position, it’s usually because he knows more than you. His disdain for the notion of “legacy” is most likely rooted in his deep knowledge of ancient history, Latin phrases and Zen Buddhism.

See Also:

●     Jerry Brown’s Impact On California Capital Public Radio

●     In True Jerry Brown Style, California’s Longest Serving Governor Challenges Every Premise, From Legacy To Retirement Capital Public Radio

●     Jerry Brown Looks Back On Some Of His Major Policy Decisions As Governor Capital Public Radio

●     Jerry Brown looks back with few regrets San Francisco Chronicle

●     Jerry Brown Q&A: On fights worth fighting and ‘stupid’ laws San Francisco Chronicle

●     Grading Jerry Brown, Part 2 Fox&Hounds

●     Jerry Brown’s Midnight in America Politico

●     Calbuzz: Exit Interview: Jerry Brown Stresses Elder Wisdom Calbuzz

●     EDITORIAL: How Jerry Brown rewrote the California story San Francisco Chronicle

●     EDITORIAL: Goodbye, and thanks, to Jerry Brown Los Angeles Times

Did non-citizens vote last year? California officials still can’t say

Fresno Bee

California officials still can’t say whether non-citizens voted in the June 2018 primary because a confusing government questionnaire about eligibility was created in a way that prevents a direct answer on citizenship.

Plan B: Kevin De León Says He’s Considering Bid For Democratic Party Chair

Capital Public Radio

State Sen. Kevin de León said that he has been asked by “a lot of activists and elected officials” to run to be the Democratic party chair.

How the California primary will change the Democratic nomination process

Washington Post

As Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sweeps across Iowa this weekend, the starting gun for the 2020 Democratic presidential race has sounded. And none too soon for a party that is feverish in its desire to find its champion to take on President Trump.


Trump says he needs to deal with Dem leaders to end shutdown

Fresno Bee

Trump holds out little hope that another round of talks will produce meaningful progress toward ending partial government shutdown.

See Also:

●     The Latest: No resolution yet for border wall standoff Fresno Bee

●     Government shutdown: Pence, congressional aides leave meeting without agreement on funding Visalia Times Delta

●     Government shutdown: Each side accusing other of giving no ground  Stockton Record

●     Trump Repeats Calls For A Border Wall As Shutdown Negotiations Continue Capital Public Radio

●     No shutdown end in sight as Trump again suggests invoking emergency powers to build border wall Los Angeles Times

●     Trump and Democrats meet again on shutdown but remain far apart on his border wall demand Los Angeles Times

●     Government shutdown: How science research is grinding to a halt San Francisco Chronicle

●      In shutdown talks, Trump administration seeks $5.7 billion for “a steel barrier” and offers $800 million for humanitarian aid Washington Post

●     The Shutdown, According to Trump The New York Times

●     EDITORIAL: Trump’s shutdown without a cause San Francisco Chronicle

Trump: ‘Can’t impeach somebody doing a great job’

Fresno Bee

US President Donald Trump reacted to a freshman Democratic congresswoman’s diatribe predicting his impeachment while using a vulgarity, by saying “You can’t impeach somebody doing a great job.”

As a new Congress settles in, California’s newest members prove hard to ignore

Los Angeles Times

It was nearly impossible to ignore California as a new Congress was sworn in. There was the moment House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield handed over the gavel to Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco on Thursday.

See Also:

●     A Guide To Who’s Who In House Leadership For The 116th Congress Capital Public Radio

Trump’s Attorney General Pick Earned a Reputation as a Fighter in the Corporate World

Wall Street Journal

William Barr ‘isn’t going to wilt in the face of heavy fire,’ said one prominent Washington attorney.

‘Compromise’ wasn’t always a dirty word in American politics

Los Angeles Times

With the House in the hands of Democrats and the Senate controlled by Republicans for the next two years, compromise will be essential to the passage of any legislation. But it won’t come easily.

Fixing what’s wrong with US: How about making Congress bigger?

San Francisco Chronicle

In 1929, the United States had 122 million people, 48 states and 435 members of the House. Today, the country has 327 million people, 50 states and, still, a House with 435 members.


Thousands pay respect to slain Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh during memorial in Modesto


Law enforcement agencies from across the nation paid their respects to one of their own killed in the line of duty.

See Also:

●     Overflow of mourners honor fallen Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh at Modesto funeral Merced Sun-Star

●     Slain Newman police officer called ‘American hero’ at his funeral Bakersfield Californian

●      Governor: Newman police corporal’s death had nothing to do with ‘sanctuary state’ law Modesto Bee

County euthanasia rates have fallen dramatically since 2010

Bakersfield Californian

Euthanasia rates for animals taken in by Kern County Animal Services have dropped dramatically in the past eight years.


Sunday, January 13, at 10 a.m. on ABC 30 –Maddy Report:“Billions for Questionable Medi-Cal Payments:  What Went Wrong?” – Guest: California State Auditor, Elaine Howle. Host: Maddy Institute Executive Director, Mark Keppler.

Sunday, January 13, at 10 a.m. on Newstalk 580AM/105.9FM (KMJ) – Maddy Report – Valley Views Edition“The Senior Boom: Preparing for the Baby Boom Aftershock”  – Guest: PPIC Analyst Laurel Beck. Host: Maddy Institute Executive Director, Mark Keppler.

Sunday, January 13, at 7:30 a.m. on UniMas 61 (KTTF) – El Informe Maddy“San Joaquin Valley Water: a comprehensive review” – Guest: Alvar Escriva-Bou, expert Public Policy Institute of California. Host: Maddy Institute Program Coordinator, Maria Jeans.


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Food stamp program could run out of funds if shutdown continues


The partial government shutdown could soon impact the millions of Americans who rely on the nation’s food stamp program. The program is run by the US Department of Agriculture, which is one of the agencies that has been unfunded during the shutdown.

New law ushers in overtime pay for farmworkers


Unlike other industries which pay overtime after 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week, farmworkers don’t enjoy the same benefit.

Investors, farmers guessing as shutdown delays crop reports

Modesto Bee

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it must delay the release of key crop reports due to the partial government shutdown.



Mental illness increasingly helps defendants avoid trial. But not always.

Modesto Bee

A recent Los Angeles Times report cited a 33 percent jump in mentally ill inmates over the preceding three years. More than 800 inmates in California’s county jails were awaiting space in state hospitals for treatment aimed at restoring mental capacity so they might stand trial, the Times reported.

Eliminate court fines and fees that penalize poverty

Visalia Times Delta

Americans owe billions in unpaid court debt. And while the new year is a chance for optimism and a fresh start, for millions of Americans 2019 will only bring continued despair as they struggle under the monetary weight of the justice system.

Three of Brown’s pardons, four commutations involve SJ cases

Stockton Record

In one of his final acts before leaving office, Gov. Jerry Brown recently granted 143 pardons and 131 commutations of prison sentences. Three of the pardons and four of the commutations involved San Joaquin County cases.

Embezzlement case against BPD officer dismissed after judge finds search was unlawful

Bakersfield Californian

Charges have been dismissed against a Bakersfield Police Department officer who was accused of embezzlement after a Kern County Superior Court judge ruled a search of his property was unlawful and that a witness was biased against the officer.

Public Safety:

California’s landmark police transparency law takes effect after court denies police union effort to block it

Los Angeles Times

fA new state law allowing the public disclosure of internal police shooting investigations has gone into effect after the California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a bid by a police union to block it.

Sheriff Boudreaux and DA Ward sworn in

Porterville Recorder

Two local officials were sworn in Thursday, Jan. 3 for a second term in their positions. In the Tulare County Board of Supervisors Chambers in Visalia, District Attorney Tim Ward was sworn in to his second four-year term Thursday.

Pat Withrow becomes SJ County’s 25th sheriff Monday and has big plans for the department

Stockton Record

Pat Withrow earned 58.1 percent of the vote and unseated three-term incumbent Steve Moore after an unsuccessful bid for the same office in 2014. At noon Monday, Withrow will be sworn in as the county’s 25th elected sheriff.

Court’s website restored after weekend crash, prospective jurors can now check in for duty

Sacramento Bee

Jurors rejoice: A computer system crash that was once going to affect the way prospective Sacramento Superior Court jurors had to check in Monday for their reporting times has been fixed, officials said, allowing prospective jurors to check in normally.

On your mark, set, run for justice…DA hosts 7th annual 5K race

Visalia Times Delta

Tulare County District Attorney’s Office is offering local runners the change to start the new year off right. In January, the office will host the 2019 Justice Run: Run for Freedom 5K and one-mile walk. The race will be held on Jan. 19 at Mooney Grove Park in Visalia.

EDITORIAL: Sheriff goes out in a blaze of controversy

Modesto Bee

Some 200 Stanislaus County employees will retire this year, many having done amazing things. Yet, few of their departures will be noticed. Not so with Adam Christianson, whose 12-year tenure ends Tuesday. Stanislaus County’s sheriff is going out in a blaze of controversy.


California utility assessing finances amid wildfire links


The parent company of California’s largest utility is assessing its finances and structure in the wake of wildfires that could expose it to billions of dollars in liability.

See Also:

●     Devastating Wildfires Force California’s Largest Utility To Plan Sale Of Gas Assets Capital Public Radio

●     PG&E reportedly considering bankruptcy or gas unit sale San Francisco Chronicle

Exclusive: California utility PG&E explores bankruptcy filing – sources


California utility company PG&E Corp (PCG.N) is exploring filing some or all of its business for bankruptcy protection as it faces billions of dollars in liabilities related to fatal wildfires in 2018 and 2017, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

See also:

●      Devastating Wildfires Force California’s Largest Utility To Plan Sale Of Gas Assets NPR

Insurers Sue California Utility Over Wildfire Damages

Capital Public Radio

Several insurance companies, including Allstate, State Farm and USAA, are suing PG&E over the deadly Camp Fire that destroyed 14,000 homes and triggered billions of dollars in insurance claims.

Firefighters’ fateful choices: How the Woolsey fire became an unstoppable monster

Los Angeles Times

It was clear from the beginning that the Woolsey fire had the potential to be a monster. But during the critical first hours, the Woolsey fire took second priority.

Newsom-hosted benefit concert raises nearly $5 million for wildfire victims

Los Angeles Times

On the eve of the gubernatorial inauguration, California’s political class rubbed elbows in Sacramento for a benefit concert hosted by Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom and headlined by the rapper Pitbull.



Valley Republic Bank prospers from relationships, focus, lucky timing

Bakersfield Californian

Deteriorating financial conditions were cause enough in 2008 for federal regulators to cut off new bank applications and not reopen the process for more than six years. One of the last to receive a charter during that period was Bakersfield-based Valley Republic Bank.

Lenny Mendonca To Lead California’s Economic Development Efforts

California Economic Summit

Governor-elect Gavin Newsom today appointed California Forward Co-chair Lenny Mendonca as Chief Economic and Business Advisor and Director of the Office of Business and Economic Development. Mendonca’s assignment is to re-engineer the State’s approach to job creation and economic development to increase economic security and to restore the potential of the CA Dream for all Californians — CA Fwd’s primary objective through the California Economic Summit.

7 questions for Janet Yellen on financial stability


From financial system reforms to corporate lending practices, former Federal Reserve Chair and Distinguished Brookings Fellow Janet Yellen discusses her concerns with developments in U.S. financial regulation in the years since the Great Recession.

Fed Faces a Fresh Test: Engineering a Soft Economic Landing

Wall Street Journal

The central bank’s challenge is to manage a moderation in growth that keeps inflation contained but avoids a recession.


Credit unions provide financial options for federal workers during shutdown


Local credit unions are stepping up to help government employees affected by the partial government shutdown.

Stanislaus County workers walk off the job again. What will it take to end strike?

Modesto Bee

More than 200 Stanislaus County employees participated in the walkout Friday in protest of alleged labor practice violations, said a union representative, who was pleased with the turnout so close to the New Year’s holiday.

Hope for Faraday Future

Hanford Sentinel

The New Year has brought a glimmer of hope for Faraday Future, as the company comes to an agreement with its main investor. According to technology new website The Verge, investor Evergrande announced Monday that it has agreed to restructure its $2 billion investment into the electric car startup.

A California Dream for Paid Leave Has an Old Problem: How to Pay for It

New York Times

Newsom, the incoming governor, is expected to propose the longest state parental leave in the nation: six months.



Former Parlier school superintendent embezzled public funds, district attorney charges

Fresno Bee

Gerardo G. Alvarez was arrested Jan. 4, 2019 and charged with embezzlement and misappropriation of funds while he was the Superintendent of the Parlier Unified School District.

See Also:

●     Ex-superintendent allegedly stole money from Parlier schools, charged with embezzlement abc30

Consistent to the end, Jerry Brown says it’s all about teachers and students


Over a period of many years, outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown has been remarkably consistent on major policy challenges he has tackled on any number of issues, including education.

With new hires, California’s teaching corps becomes more diverse


When Rachel Valdivia-Ornelaz attended elementary school near Oxnard during the 1950s, none of her teachers were Latino.

Higher Ed:

Deadline FAST APPROACHING:  Wonderful Public Service Graduate Fellowship

The Maddy Institute

Applications for two $56,000 Fellowships Due Friday, February 22nd, 2019. Through the generosity of The Wonderful Company, San Joaquin Valley students will have the opportunity to become the next generation of Valley leaders through The Wonderful Public Service Graduate Fellowship. The Maddy Institute will award two $56,000 Fellowships to Valley students who are accepted into a nationally ranked, qualified graduate program in the fall of 2019.

Fresno State’s top 18 stories of 2018

Fresno State Campus News

Biggest stories of the year at Fresno State.

Bakersfield College starts cashing in to $502 million bond with $38 million campus center

Bakersfield Californian

Bakersfield College students can expect to see more commotion on campus this spring as work begins on a few construction projects, the largest of which is a new campus center.

State proposal to waive community college fees raises questions about SF’s program

San Francisco Chronicle

When Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom presents his first budget on Thursday, it will call for the state to make a second year of community college free to thousands of California students by waiving the $46-a-credit fee for two years instead of the current single year, according to a source close to the transition team.

Newsom proposes free community college in California


As part of his broad education blueprint for California, Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom will propose a full two years of free community college in his first budget next week, according to a source close to Newsom with knowledge of the plan.


National parks struggle to stay open, safe during shutdown

Fresno Bee

The National Park Service has reached deals with more than 60 partner groups, concessionaires and states to handle trash removal, restroom cleanup and other basic tasks at more than 40 parks _ and, in a few cases, to keep park staffers on the job.

See Also:

●     National parks will dip into visitor fees to fund cleanup, staffing during shutdown, memo says Fresno Bee

●     Man dies after fall into Merced River in Yosemite National Park during government shutdown Fresno Bee

●      3 feet of snow forecast for Yosemite National Park this week, weather service says Fresno Bee

●     Park Service to tap into entrance fees to keep operating Fresno Bee

●     National parks being overrun with garbage Madera Tribune

●     National Parks Struggle To Stay Open, Safe During Shutdown Capital Public Radio

●     Visitor Dies At Yosemite National Park During Shutdown Capital Public Radio

●      Trump administration approves plan for restroom cleanup, trash collection at national parks Roll Call

●     EDITORIAL: Americans may love their national parks, but they can’t be trusted to enjoy them unsupervised Los Angeles Times

You Can Once Again Recycle Shopping Bags, Bottle Caps And Other Plastics In Sacramento

Capital Public Radio

The city has walked back recycling restrictions implemented in June after China changed its plastic purchasing practices.

Interstate Reopens After Western Storm Triggers Avalanche Warnings, Mudslide


Heavy rain from a storm system pounding the West Coast this weekend triggered a mudslide Saturday night in Southern California, forcing a closure of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).



Flu toll mounts in California, with 42 deaths so far

Sacramento Bee

California’s flu season has just begun to ramp up, but 42 people in the state have already died of influenza, according to officials. The death tally began in October, the official start of the flu season nationwide. The season runs through May and typically reaches its height in February.

How To Stick With That Resolution To Exercise in 2019 (And Beyond)

Capital Public Radio

Sports Medicine expert Dr. Brandee Waite talks about how to make sensible fitness goals to help you keep your 2019 resolutions going all year long.

Human Services:

‘You’re here again.’ Mom says she was shamed at Fresno OB-GYN for having another baby

Fresno Bee

A mother says she was shamed at a Fresno OB-GYN office for becoming pregnant again – spurring complaints from several other women who allege they have been insulted by the same nurse practitioner.

County sheriff’s office plans mass burial of unclaimed dead people

Fresno Bee

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office plans to bury the remains of more than 200 people later this month during a mass ceremony for those who died but have been forgotten.

Madera physician earns his board certification in infectious disease

Madera Tribune

Bakht Roshan, MD, has successfully completed board certification in infectious disease from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), according to a news release from Madera Community Hospital.

Tulare hospital board wants council to consider line of credit request

Visalia Times Delta

A Tulare hospital board member called on the city’s former mayor to show support for a $5 million line of credit request. The line of credit is one way to keep the district operations running and meeting its financial obligations.

Visalia community leader takes on new position at Kaweah Delta

Visalia Times Delta

Wednesday was Liz Wynn’s first day as the Kaweah Delta Hospital Foundation  Director of Development. In her new position, she will be responsible for directing and overseeing fundraising and obtaining grants for new technology, equipment and research and development.


Two weeks later, no sign of ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy in action at San Ysidro Port of Entry

Los Angeles Times

More than two weeks after the Trump administration announced a new policy that would force asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for their turns in U.S. immigration court, there is no sign yet at the San Ysidro Port of Entry that it has been implemented.


Century-old real estate company looks back at ever changing market


Tulare and Fresno Counties’ oldest family-owned real estate company is celebrating a huge milestone. Newton and Sons Real Estate in the south Valley have been in business for a century.

You’ll share this apartment with a stranger — but don’t dare call it a dorm

Los Angeles Times

The shared economy has transformed how we get around, how we travel, who sits next to us at the office and, now, with whom we share our private spaces.


Brown cut retirement debt bigger than pensions


Most large private-sector companies and some government employers do not provide retiree health care for their employees. But state workers not only get state-paid health care in retirement, they often pay less for it than they did while working.


Area of Highway 41 closes due to unsafe roads amid heavy snowfall, rain


Highway 41, at Cedar Valley Drive south of Sugar Pine, has shutdown due to unsafe roads caused by heavy snowfall and rain. The weather has caused traffic collisions and spin outs in the region, including along Highway 168 from Huntington Lake to Shaver Lake, leaving thousands stranded.

See Also:

●     Several vehicles stuck in Shaver Lake area from snow storm Fresno Bee

FAX changes bring bus route to Inspiration Park, more service to River Park


Fresno Area Express, better known as FAX, is permanently adding transit service to Inspiration Park. Starting Monday, January 7th, Fresno’s city bus service will add a new bus line, Route 12 that will serve the park.

Fresno Air Traffic controllers on the job without pay


Those monitoring the skies are being affected by the battle over building a wall on the ground. Air traffic controllers across the United States have been on the job, working without pay for two weeks.

Do more at DMV self-service terminals

Hanford Sentinel

Along with instantly getting vehicle registration cards and license plate stickers on the spot, Californians can now use the popular DMV Now Self-Service Terminals to complete even more transactions.

See also:

●      Brown leaves Newsom a managerial mess at DMV  CALmatters


First storm of 2019 will add to rain and snowfall totals in central California


The first storm of 2019 is knocking on the door of central California and what has been a great season so far at China Peak Mountain Resort is about to get even better.

See Also:

●     Major storm slams into West Coast with powerful winds, heavy rain and snow abc30

●     First snow survey below normal Hanford Sentinel

●     3 feet of snow forecast for Yosemite National Park this week, weather service says Merced Sun-Star

●     With snow falling, driving in Sierra is ‘hazardous’ — and weather is expected to get worse Merced Sun-Star


Woman waves at Fresno traffic for hours each day. She gives joy and happy hallelujahs

Fresno Bee

Cheryl “Monique” Turks stands on a Fresno overpass above Highway 41 for hours most every day waving, praying and singing. The 47-year-old mother and grandmother said she wants to “give joy.”

Cedarbrook Inn lecture was so popular, it returns to kick off Fresno Flats’ 2019 series

Sierra Star

Due to the standing-room-only crowd at last July’s presentation, a repeat program on the historic Cedarbrook Inn on the Original Stage Road to Yosemite is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park.

Something Enchanted

Hanford Sentinel

The Sparkle! Princess Concert will return to Lemoore for its fifth year, bringing that familiar fairy tale magic in tow. The show is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 at Lemoore High School.

Winter ice and snow in Modesto region? Yes, it’s part of the week’s top 5 attractions

Modesto Bee

Hit the rink Modesto on Ice, now open for its fourth season, continues its winter events and activities for families in downtown Modesto.

10 places to visit in California in 2019

San Francisco Chronicle

The numbers don’t lie: California’s top tourist attractions are bursting at the seams with visitors.

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