News Columns & Blogs

Jeff Jardine

Why didn’t Denham schedule town hall meeting to face his constituents?

Across the nation, GOP congressional representatives go home to face angry constituents who clearly don’t like what they’ve seen thus far from President Donald Trump – including some who voted for him in November – as well as others don’t think he’s gone far enough fast enough. Suddenly, people who used to detest Congress but loved their district’s representative have turned on him/her too. And just as suddenly, many politicians who gladly spoke to crowds during the campaign season – Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock included – now avoid them.

Jeff Jardine

Rumors of ICE roundup, checkpoint in Stanislaus County denied

Rumors of a checkpoint to round up undocumented immigrants last week in south Modesto and other points in Stanislaus County simply were not true, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman said. Any arrests targeted those with criminal records and those who posed a threat to the community – not merely being undocumented.

Jeff Jardine

A new plea to the governor, times two, to keep killers in 1979 Modesto case locked up

In 2015, members of the Ranzo family and others went to the state Capitol to ask Gov. Brown to overturn the parole of Jeffrey Maria, one of four men convicted in the brutal murders of Modesto residents Phil and Kathy Ranzo in 1979. Their efforts worked, and Brown kept Maria in prison. With Maria again recommended for freedom, and crime ringleader Marty Don Spears as well, will their tactic work again? They went to the Capitol again to plead their case to keep both killers behind bars, and now await Brown’s verdict.

Jeff Jardine

UC Merced, other attacks ‘underreported’? Nothing a Google search won’t refute

When a UC Merced student stabbed four people before being shot to death by a campus police officer, the media reported it in depth and detail. Then news outlets continued to follow the story as each new piece of information – including the FBI’s report that the attacker was “self-radicalized and inspired by, but not connected to, the Islamic State” – became available. Yet President Donald Trump claims that incident and 77 others were “underreported” as he tries to push immigration ban.

Jeff Jardine

When government lawyers up, flow of public information slows down

Officials lawyer up and then claim attorney-client privilege to deny an information request which, in turn, denies the public the right to information it ultimately finances as taxpayers. Or officials find other reasons to withhold information. It’s a form of legal dodgeball used mostly in cases involving personnel investigations, which generally should be public information once they are completed, whether they involve the city manager or a lower-level employee.

Ken Carlson

Modesto hospital would take financial hit from ACA repeal; job cuts are less certain

After one study predicted 3,000 job losses in Stanislaus County from an Affordable Care Act repeal, local hospital executives were asked for their assessment. Warren Kirk, chief executive officer of Doctors Medical Center of Modesto, agreed to discuss the potential impacts on Doctors and said a loss of funding from an ACA repeal won’t necessarily translate into major job cuts at the Florida Avenue hospital.

Ken Carlson

Modesto hospital would take financial hit from ACA repeal; job cuts are less certain

After one study predicted 3,000 job losses in Stanislaus County from an Affordable Care Act repeal, local hospital executives were asked for their assessment. Warren Kirk, chief executive officer of Doctors Medical Center of Modesto, agreed to discuss the potential impacts on Doctors and said a loss of funding from an ACA repeal won’t necessarily translate into major job cuts at the Florida Avenue hospital.

Videos

Weaver Performing Arts presents "The Wizard of Oz"

Weaver Performing Arts students perform "The Wizard of Oz" for are schoolchildren at the Merced, Theatre in Merced, Calif., on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. Performances will be open to the public on Friday, March 3, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 4, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m..
Andrew Kuhn Merced Sun-Star
Weaver Performing Arts presents 1:18

Weaver Performing Arts presents "The Wizard of Oz"

Cal St. Stanislaus rips Cal St. L.A. 1:02

Cal St. Stanislaus rips Cal St. L.A.

Pacheco wraps up spot in first section final 3:26

Pacheco wraps up spot in first section final

Worms break down dairy manure 0:34

Worms break down dairy manure