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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.

~*Scrapbooked Fair Pics*~

~*Scrapbooked Fair Pics*~

This is a scrapbooked version of the previous posts (5 of them), from the California State Fair... 2011. I took around 300 pictures, most not even used, but we had a ton of fun! And hubby was able to be "daddy" all day!!! He's truly a great man, endearing husband, but he’s a really great daddy!

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Stockton nursing home blamed for death of resident

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) - A Stockton nursing home must pay a $100,000 fine after a state investigation concluded that inadequate care led to the death of a resident.

The California Department of Public Health said Friday it gave Creekside Care Center a "AA" citation, the most severe penalty under law.

According to its website, Creekside is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility.

State investigators found that in 2008 Creekside attendants failed to monitor an injured patient and failed to tell the patient's doctor about changes in the patient's condition, which turned fatal.

Judy Treloar, administrator for parent company Sunbridge Healthcare, says the company is contesting the citation. She declined further comment.

State fines range from $100 for Class B violations to a maximum $100,000 for more serious AA violations.


Back to School shopping [Guest Post]

Back to School shopping [Guest Post]

Hi everyone! My name is Hope and I write the blog Hope and the Dress Code. I’m a school counselor and work in a district that with a dress code more like a corporation, less like a typical school.

Ok on to why I’m here: It’s almost time to go BACK TO SCHOOL shopping!! This is one of my favorite times of the year because it gives me free reign to go crazy-shopping with no guilt!! Totally kidding of course, I’m definitely working within a budget, but it does give me a set time of year to reevaluate pieces I need/want in my closet. Whether you work in education or not, this is a great time to add some new pieces to your work wardrobe.

My DREAM back to school shopping list is a mix of current trends and more classic pieces:

1. Mid-length skirt

Budget cuts create security concerns at Stockton schools

STOCKTON, CA - Stockton school officials are concerned over a reduction in on-campus security when violence is rising in the city. The distress comes on the heels of an unsolved shooting at a Stockton student's birthday party a matter of days before the school year begins.

Budget constraints forced Stockton's public high schools to cut back on campus security and school representatives have been forced to improvise to keep their students safe.

Administrators and teachers now make security rounds and eat lunch in the cafeteria with students, rather than taking their break in the teacher's lounge. The non-profit group, El Concilio, has also volunteered members to support campus security efforts.