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California leads nation in farmers markets

By Joanna Lin

The number of farmers markets in California grew 25.7 percent last year, making the state home to one out of 10 markets nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest tally.

The 2011 National Farmers Market Directory, released last week, counted 7,175 markets in the country - a 17 percent increase since 2010. California remains the nation's leader in farmers markets with 729 locations, up from 580 last year.

Farmers markets have grown substantially since the USDA began compiling its directory in 1994, when it reported just 1,755 markets nationwide. The fastest-growing states for farmers markets this year were Alaska - a 46 percent jump over last year with 35 markets - and Texas, whose 166 markets represented a 38 percent increase.

California losing recycling jobs to China

STOCKTON, CA - Recycling workers and officials from all over the state will meet in Stockton on Tuesday for the Recycling BIN Summit.

The focus of the meeting will be the Mandatory Commercial Recycling Measure, a new state initiative requiring more materials in California to be recycled.

At the same time, paper mills have been forced to shutdown because of increased competition from China, where environmental and business restrictions are far less stringent than in the United States.

According to the Stockton Chamber of Commerce, eight out ten pieces of recyclables we place on our curb are being shipped to China, yet, pollution from China's recycling makes its way back to California coastline.

Stockton police warn of abduction attempt

STOCKTON, CA - A 14-year-old girl thwarted a man trying to kidnap her Monday morning, according to Stockton police.

Detective Roseann Clark said the girl was walking along a river levee road to Stagg High School at approximately 7:25 a.m. when a man confronted her with a weapon. He grabbed the girl and ordered her to walk toward his car parked on the levee.

At that point, the girl told officers she screamed and broke free of her abductor.

She ran into a nearby neighborhood where a person called the Stockton Police Department for her.

The girl described the man as white, 21 to 23 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He had black, short, straight hair; brown eyes and was clean-shaven. He wore a white t-shirt, dark blue or black jeans and black shoes.

Out-of-town gang members arrested for deadly Stockton stabbing

STOCKTON, CA -A deadly stabbing is the second violent act at the Waterfront Warehouse building in three days.

The victim was a 26-year-old man from a nearby neighborhood. Stockton police said he was stabbed multiple times after leaving the Chivitas nightclub after 2:00 a.m Saturday morning.

The downtown building, which houses offices and restaurants, was also the site of a shoot-out Thursday afternoon. Police said the incidents are not connected.

"We know it was a large fight outside of the Waterfront Warehouse that started in the Chivitas Nightclub," said Lt. Jim Pickens.

Police arrested Dorjan Lyndell Daniels, 24, of Fontana and Djuane Nunly, 26, of Rancho Cordova Saturday afternoon. The men were charged with murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and gang enhancement.

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Bugs battle invasive Delta water hyacinth

STOCKTON, CA - It's a problem every summer in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta when the weather turns warm.  A plant called water hyacinth floats in, attaches itself to shore, and spreads like a weed.

PHOTOS: Water hyacinth in the delta

"It comes in really small, gets stuck with water weeds, and grows, and it grows, and it grows," said Adrian Wood of Tiki Lagun Marina.

This year, the state of California is trying something new to get rid of the hyacinth.  The Department of Food and Agriculture is spending about $50,000 to release thousands of insects that thrive on and destroy hyacinth.  Water hyacinth plant hoppers are being let loose in San Joaquin and Sacramento counties where hyacinth is rapidly spreading.

PHOTOS: Hyacinth in the Delta

SACRAMENTO - The State Department of Food and Agriculture released more than 5,000 hyacinth leaf hoppers in the San Joaquin-Sacramento river delta in hopes of eating away the invasive water plant.

Photos: Hyacinth in the Delta

Mosquito control spraying continues in Stockton

Mosquito control spraying continues in Stockton

STOCKTON - The San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District will continue to conduct adult mosquito control operations in response to increased mosquito populations and the detection of West Nile Virus. Aerial spraying using Trumpet EC will take place on Monday, Aug. 1 between 9 p.m. - 3 a.m. in the following area:

Portion of Delta Islands in Stockton: North to Highway 12, south to McDonald Road, east to two miles west of Interstate 5 and west to seven miles west of Interstate 5.

Residents can access upcoming scheduled spray information by calling the district at (209) 982-4675 during business hours from 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information is also available at www.sjmosquito.org.