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.

Jeff Jardine

Once lost, then found, Modesto runner heading back for more – and pizza

Robert Root, the Modesto runner who spent three days lost in the Sierra during a trail run in April 2014, is heading back there with friends. This time, they plan to stay in touch and chow down on some pizza when they’re finished.

Jeff Jardine

Modesto program Sound-ing out need for new studio home

Modesto Sound, a nonprofit that helps students ages 13 through 22 learn the basics of recording, could go quiet if it can’t find a new home by May 15. After three years at Gregori High School, the school needs the space for other activities, leaving executive director Brenda Francis to look for new digs.

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.

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