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DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola

DIY Furniture Plans / How to Build a Staycation Pergola

Make your vacation, the staycation of a lifetime with the Staycation Pergola. This little beauty has plenty of room, privacy screens, and joists to hang fabric... and it will cost a fraction of that trip to the Bahamas! Make your favorite drink, let the wind blow throw your hair, and enjoy your masterpiece! 

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Join Dare to Prepare Day April 30!

Join Dare to Prepare Day April 30!

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Manteca native appointed to peace officer commission

Manteca native appointed to peace officer commission

Manteca’s Brian Pinneo, 42, has been appointed to the Commission on Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training.

Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Pinneo who has served as a correctional sergeant at the California Health Care Facility in Stockton since 2013. He served in several positions at the High Desert State Prison from 2005 to 2013, including correctional sergeant and correctional officer... Read More

STEAM Programs at the Salida Library

STEAM Programs at the Salida Library

Join the Salida Library for a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) program every Thursday during the month of May. Each program is for children ages 10-14. Programs include:

· Engineering Space!………………………………..Thursday, May 5 at 4 p.m.

During this program, children will learn about space exploration and will have the opportunity to build a model rover or space shuttle.

· Build a Remote-Control Vehicle! ………………….Thursday, May 12 at 4 p.m.

During this program, children will have the opportunity to build a mechanized vehicle using building bricks.

· Magnets and Electricity! …………………………..Thursday, May 19 at 4 p.m.

During this program participants will conduct experiments with magnets and learn about magnetic levitation. Children will also build electric circuits to create an electromagnetic field.

· Snap Circuits! ………………………………………Thursday, May 26 at 4 p.m.

Keep Your Home California Receives $383.3 Million in Funding to Help More Homeowners

Keep Your Home California Receives $383.3 Million in Funding to Help More Homeowners

SACRAMENTO – Keep Your Home California will receive an additional $383.3 million in funding from the federal government, allowing the mortgage-assistance program to help prevent foreclosure for more homeowners struggling with financial hardships.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the additional funding Wednesday, the second phase of additional funding approved for the Hardest Hit Fund program during the past two months.

The combined $383.3 million will allow the state-managed program to help at least 12,000 more homeowners. Qualifying homeowners can receive up to $100,000 in mortgage payment assistance from Keep Your Home California.

Failed inspection to delay new courthouse opening

Failed inspection to delay new courthouse opening

The San Joaquin County courthouse’s grand opening will be delayed indefinitely. The new $273 million courthouse received poor marks from the Office of the State Fire Marshal this week.

The marshal conducted an inspection that found exits from the courtrooms were not up to standards. The failed inspection is expected to push the planned December opening for the new building back significantly. It will also add to the cost of the building.

The project was 80 percent completed when the inspection took place. How much this will delay the project and how much it will add to the cost has yet to be determined.

Plans for the new courthouse have been in the works since 2007 and construction plans had been submitted and approved numerous times since 2015. The approvals, however, were dependent on a field inspection... Read More

San Joaquin River ranked No. 2 among America’s most endangered

San Joaquin River ranked No. 2 among America’s most endangered

The San Joaquin River is the second most-endangered river in the United States, according to the conservation group AmericanRivers.org.

“The river is so overtapped that in some places it runs completely dry, threatening water quality, endangering fish and wildlife, creating uncertainty for farmers, and leaving communities vulnerable in the face of more frequent and severe droughts,” the group’s report said... Read More