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water hyacinth in stockton getting attention


STOCKTON - Thick, green water hyacinth still covers much of Stockton's waterfront, but there's encouraging news that the problem is being tackled.

First, the state deputy director of the Division of Boating and Waterways met with Mayor Anthony Silva to brainstorm on removal ideas.

"There are options being discussed, perhaps getting tug boats and pushing the mass all together, so external excavation units will pull it up at a much faster pace than aquatic harvesting," Silva said.

At the expense of the Port of Stockton, harvesting equipment has been brought in to clean the port region so ships can move in and out. Now the harvesters are moving toward the downtown supply of hyacinth.

"The port is saying, 'Hey Rick (Hatton of Aquatic Harvesting), can you clean it up?' Let's take care of Stockton. It's heartwarming," Hatton said.

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San Joaquin, Stanislaus counties see dropping unemployment

San Joaquin, Stanislaus counties see dropping unemployment

The unemployment rates in both San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties trended down in September, dropping below 10 percent for the first time since 2007 when the recession began.

Both counties registered a 9.7 percent unemployment rate, down from a revised 10.2 percent in August.

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2nd graders perform songs they wrote ( with a little help )


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STOCKTON - Second graders at John Marshall Elementary School in Stockton can now add songwriting to their list of accomplishments this school year.

Those kids, and students at Vinewood Elementary School in Lodi, got writing assistance the past couple of weeks from Paul Reisler, who wrote and recorded folk music for years before turning his attention to teaching children.

state claims it's doing everything possible on water hyacinth


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STOCKTON - Stockton residents and delta boaters hoping to hear California will step up water hyacinth removal are likely to be disappointed at the following statement:

"At this point, we're doing everything within our resources to solve the problem," Chris Conlin, Director of the Division of Boating and Waterways, said.

Conlin said he was in Stockton last week to see the situation firsthand, noting "it's a big problem." But he also said that between budgeted spraying and possible (water hyacinth) removal after November, the state is tackling the delta plant problem as well as it can.

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University of the Pacific launches Bay Area's first music therapy program

University of the Pacific launches Bay Area's first music therapy program

Until now, becoming a music therapist in California has meant competing for limited seats each year in music therapy programs at University of the Pacific’s Stockton campus or Cal State Northridge, the only two institutions statewide that have been accredited by the American Music Therapy Association.

But starting next fall, Pacific will launch the Bay Area’s first music therapy program at the university’s new state-of-the-art San Francisco campus at Fifth and Mission. Applications are being accepted now for the Music Therapy Equivalency Program.

Free flu shots available at San Joaquin locations

Free flu shots available at San Joaquin locations

STOCKTON — While exotic diseases like Ebola take the headlines, it’s still the flu that is most likely to send people to the hospital. To help people avoid that fate, the San Joaquin Public Health Services department is offering two sets of free flu vaccination clinics for anyone 9 years and older.

The first set of clinics will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 28 in Stockton, Lodi and Thornton. The clinic in Stockton will be held at the Delta College Upper Danner Hall, 5151 Pacific Ave. Lodi’s clinic will be held at the California Human Development Office at 631 East Oak St. The clinic in Thornton will be held at the Thornton Community Center, at 26675, N. Sacramento Blvd... Read More

Crothall Laundry celebrates Manteca Grand Opening

Crothall Laundry celebrates Manteca Grand Opening

State's first Leed-certified laundry service opens less than a year after groundbreaking "We put out linens second to none!" proclaimed Morris Lacey, Crothall Healthcare Manteca operations General Manager during Grand Opening ceremonies October 23rd. He is happy and proud of this facility, and his sentiments were echoed by Senior Vice President Mike Barner, who said there is nothing like it in the world and the laundry is "energized by a diverse workforce." Crothall is the first major project in Manteca's CenterPoint Intermodal Center. The 60,150 square foot facility is an industrial laundry that employs 115 people and provides centralized laundry services for area healthcare facilities. The company broke ground on November 14, 2013 and initiated operations this past June. They are now capable of processing 21 million pounds of laundry annually with the capacity for 55 million pounds. They currently service 22 hospital accounts.