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Despite drought, California almond crop off just 1 percent

The federal government on Tuesday projected an almond crop of 1.85 billion pounds in California this year. The estimate is down 1 percent from last year and 9 percent from the record harvest of 2.03 billion pounds in 2011. The figure suggests growers are stretching what water they have to produce a food in high demand around the world.

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Ron Agostini

Agostini on golf: Escalon course celebrates its 35th anniversary

Tom Hagan, 98, remains the vision behind the family-run Escalon Golf Course, which celebrates its 35th year of golf operation. Since the death of his wife, Betty, on Christmas Day five years ago, Tom mostly has watched while his children tend to the course’s day-to-day chores. Together, they honor the vision of the family patriarch, the former Escalon mayor and city councilman.

Jeff Jardine

Cemetery trail is worn as family, friends bury another cowboy in Hornitos

It seemed like they’d just been through this, saying goodbye to a friend and cowboy in Hornitos. And they had, twice in the less than three years. Cowboys who worked the same ranch were buried close by, in the same cemetery. The coffin was made by the same friends who made the last one, with a notable exception: Instead of helping build it, Gary Thompson was inside it, destined to join his two dear friends in the rocky ground at the top of the hill.


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