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Emergency Food Bank, Master Gardeners partner to offer free classes

Two organizations are teaming up to help residents of San Joaquin County learn how to grow their own.

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Tracy housing boom continues with new development


An artist’s rendering depicts the two-story floor plan available to build in the Barcelona housing development being planned for Tracy.

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2014 rankings: University of the Pacific is diverse, smart and cool

2014 rankings: University of the Pacific is diverse, smart and cool

University of the Pacific awards more doctoral degrees to Asian American students than any other college in the country. Pacific alumni have the sixth-highest salaries among recent graduates who earned diplomas at West Coast colleges. And the university counts among the 15 most popular, 50 most beautiful, 50 smartest and 100 “coolest” campuses in the nation.

Those are just some of the rankings Pacific chalked up this year in assessments from popular magazines and websites, including Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Payscale.com, PolicyMic.com, Lumosity, Sierra Magazine and more.

“It’s wonderful when these rankings emphasize what we already know about Pacific,” said Provost Maria Pallavicini. “Pacific is a special place that prepares students for success through rigorous academics and superior teaching. While no ranking should be taken too seriously, we appreciate being recognized in so many areas.”

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Fall home tips from Haggerty Construction

Fall home tips from Haggerty Construction

Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. It's time to decorate in beautiful warm colors, bring out your favorite 'comfort food' recipes, and throw your cozy afghan quilt over the sofa. It's also time to prepare your home, office and properties for the upcoming weather. All of us in California are hoping for a wet year to help us with our ever-looming drought - yet we also know with wet and stormy weather comes potential water damage and drafty rooms.

We've provided a few tips that can be used for your home, business and commercial properties.

1. Window and doors: Check for cracks, leaks and air coming through the sills and doorframes. A tight seal is one of the easiest ways to save on your energy bill & maintain a comfortable interior.

2. Heating Units: Have your heating units cleaned & serviced, which will keep your environment healthy and extend the life of your heating system.

Micke Grove Zoo growing its conservation efforts with sustainable edible garden

Micke Grove Zoo growing its conservation efforts with sustainable edible garden

San Joaquin County, CA – As part of its efforts to conserve and protect earth’s resources, Micke Grove Zoo follows the action program of “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.” The Zoo’s Animal Care Specialists created a soil bed that is used to compost kitchen waste and two separate beds for growing produce. The kitchen waste includes leftover or unusable portions of animal diets created in the animal kitchen. The animal kitchen is where diets are prepared for all of the captive wildlife housed at the Micke Grove Zoo.

Let's get ready for the Holidays

Let's get ready for the Holidays

Really? The holidays are already here? Where did the year go?

Luckily The Home Depot was kind enough to share with us some of their season's highlights. Here's what they had to tell us:

1. Keep Spirits High and Energy Bills Low this Holiday Season: With LED string lights and energy efficient yard décor, even the Griswald family could avoid a sharp spike in the December energy bill. ENERGY STAR qualified decorative string lights use up to 80 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than standard incandescent string lights. With a variety of energy efficient options from The Home Depot, your viewers can escape the Nightmare After Christmas – the expensive energy bill.