Jeff Jardine

Jeff Jardine

Flying high: Modesto couple touring country as B-29 Fifi crew members

Glen and Mary Mount helped bring the only flying B-29 to Modesto in 2014. Now the Modesto residents are part of a crew that flies Fifi – the same type plane as the ones that dropped atomic bombs on Japan in 1945 – on tours all over the United States. And Glenn Mount will be aboard when another B-29, Doc, flies Sunday for the first time since 1955.

Jeff Jardine

Early fire season, but fewer inmate crews for prevention

The fire season arrived ahead of schedule, and conditions are now what officials usually don’t experience until July or August. And while they used to count on county jail inmates to remove grass and other fuels in parks, along waterways and roads, Proposition 47 has rendered many inmates ineligible for road crew duty, the sheriff said. They’re too busy picking up trash illegally dumped along county roads.

Jeff Jardine

Trump on shaky real estate by trashing federal judge, Valley attorneys say

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump trashed the federal judge handling two of the ongoing fraud cases against defunct the Trump University real estate education program. Plaintiffs claim they were bilked out of anywhere from $1,495 to $35,000. Indiana-born “Mexican” judge unfair, Trump claims. Two area attorneys say they’ve never seen anything like it in local courtrooms.

Jeff Jardine

Party politics preclude presidential primary participation for some, Gray says

The open primary was closed for the presidential race on the Republican side, yet taxpayers will foot the bills for the numerous ballot types the rules demand. Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, believes technology should enable registrars to produce one ballot for all and still give the parties their power. Lee Lundrigan, Stanislaus County’s chief election official, said Sacramento should have consulted those in the election trenches.

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