Jeff Jardine

Another tough day at Hornitos cattle ranch

A month ago, 59-year-old Gary Thompson of Escalon led a riderless horse up the trail to his best friend’s funeral in Hornitos. Last weekend, the horse threw Thompson, sending him to the hospital with a severe head injury. And so begins Tuesday’s multi-subject column ... .

Jeff Jardine

Halted artifacts auction reminds us Japanese Americans were mistreated in Valley, too

When an auction house in New Jersey planned to put up for bid a collection of artifacts from Japanese Americans who were in internment camps during World War II, Japanese Americans protested to halt the sale. The issue was of particular interest here in the Valley, where thousands of Japanese Americans were evicted from their homes and sent to camps throughout the Western states until the war ended.

Kevin Valine

Modesto putting College Avenue on a diet

College Avenue is going on a diet. The City Council voted Tuesday to put College from Needham Street to Briggsmore Avenue – a distance of roughly 1.6 miles – on what is called a “road diet,” which is a traffic calming technique that slows traffic, reduces accidents and makes a road friendlier for walkers and bicyclists.

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