Kevin Valine

City committees by other names? Not so sweet

The City Council adopted Modesto’s latest strategic plan this week. The plan covers important issues, but offers unintentional comedic relief in renaming three of the council’s four subcommittees. The new names are vague, a mouthful to say, and raise the wrong kinds of questions for the city.

Jeff Jardine

Air boat no match for Tuolumne River hyacinth

A homemade air boat was no match recently for the hyacinth-clogged Tuolumne River near Hughson. Also, the story of Earl Smith Jr. of Modesto, who played with the Manila Symphony Orchestra during WWII, inspired an invitation to participate in Atwater High School’s annual patriotic concert.

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