Master Tracy Schaffer and his wife Dottie have sold their popular Tae Kwon Do martial arts studio in Ripon's downtown, having decided to retire after teaching thousands ranging in age from 4 ½ to 79 years the art of self-defense in their 1,200 square foot building.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - Photographer and rock climber Josh Hilling who lives in the foothills below Yosemite National Park spent recent days chopping wood and stocking up on groceries, ahead of what's expected to be the strongest storm to hit Central California in years.
There was no getting out of work early on Friday for Lathrop city crews who were busy batting down the hatches in preparation for what is being described as the "storm of the decade" – expected to pound Northern California for two days starting late this evening.
At 6 a.m. Thursday morning I was standing alongside the Manteca Public Library with Manteca Police Officer Mike Kelly as he woke up the homeless who had made camp under the eaves and reminded them to clean up after themselves before they moved on to the gazebo in Library Park.
Sunday's forecast for a major pounding of the Northern San Joaquin Valley with heavy rain and high winds comes almost 20 years to the day on Jan. 8, 1997 when floodwaters reached a dry levee just south of Woodward Avenue that provided southwest Manteca's last line of defense.