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My husband is a devoted collector of things. He happily saves the extensive memorabilia of a life well lived. He is fond of Lego sets, cookware, kitchen appliances and gadgets of all kinds. I recently heard him tell a friend that there are 300 statues of Liberty in his prized, county-fair-wi…

The bottles and debris flew, but 19-year-old Ralph Anthony kept his focus. The catcalls, the obscenities, the vulgar threats were hard to ignore, but Anthony had been warned to expect it as the marchers, perhaps 150 of them, trooped toward the city’s central business district. The harassment…

Elapsed time and the circumstances of the moment make the details foggy. This much we know: 20-year-old David J. Rosales had fresh stitches practically circumnavigating his torso, from the wound an inch from his spine all the way around to his bellybutton, and medic-administered drugs had nu…

Reader: Hi Herb, I am so happy for you, but sad for those of us who love reading your column. I almost started crying when I opened the paper ("Herb Benham: Thanks and I'll see you in February," Dec. 26) and saw the announcement. However, I knew the time was coming eventually because we are …

Back in the day when I used to cover school board meetings at the Delano Joint Union High School District, school board members once came to fisticuffs when emotions got heated. Things have since cooled down at the school district, but over at the Delano City Council, emotions are definitely…

It's always a joy to visit a place where the multitudes of stars at night are visibly brilliant, where their celestial light is not obscured by the artificial illumination of civilization.

Christmas comes up fast and once again I haven't gotten anybody anything, especially Sue. So instead of rushing around trying to buy her something, I've decided to write her a note:

In the spirit of the holidays, I submit my “5 Days Before Christmas” wish list. This is my feeble attempt at revising the traditional “12 Days of Christmas,” a famous holiday song about receiving gifts from your “true love.”

One of the things I like about Hawaii — in this case Kona, the island with the big volcanoes (Mauna Kea at 13,803 feet and Mauna Loa almost as high) — is the aloha spirit, which means "affection, peace, compassion and mercy," and is commonly used as a simple greeting.

Cop Tales are true stories as told by law enforcement officers from all over the country. The stories are told in the first person. The actual officer’s initials follow each story.

Joe Aguirre was mayor of Delano in 2013 when the city was rocked by the disappearance of a 26-year-old mother of four young children. For the next few weeks, I recall being in Delano frequently, covering the search for Erika Lango as friends, family and others who did not know her personally…

I saw the dermatologist earlier this week. I hadn't been in almost two years. Like any reasonable person, I dread going and thought about putting it off for another six months, but then, if I had anything, it could have grown faster than bougainvillea.

New satellite technology could be a critical piece to the future of water trading in the San Joaquin Valley, according to those working on the tech. OpenET, an online platform that uses satellite imagery to estimate how much water is used by different crops, can now be viewed by the public.

It was unusual to see social media explode with so many messages of sorrow, bereavement and sadness. A multitude of accolades usually reserved for popular politicians, people who held positions on civic boards, or a high-profile community activist were instead homages for Tony “Congas” Herna…

Cop Tales are true stories as told by law enforcement officers from all over the country. The stories are told in the first person. The actual officer’s initials follow each story.

The supply chain is something many of us have never thought about or even heard of before, but news about it is in our faces now. Between the COVID-19 pandemic closing down the world for over a year and chronic labor shortages in the U.S. and around the globe, American consumers are not enjo…

Reader: I read the article "An unfixed problem: Family farmer says ending illegal dumping requires more than cleanup" (Nov. 13). Why can't the county get creative? Back when I worked animal control, people continued to dump trash at the old dump site on Round Mountain Road. Environmental Hea…

King Richard. Easy to dislike a king and, in this case, Richard Williams, the father of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams. However, it may be time to reconsider.

Retirement, as opposed to death, has its advantages if you've done good work, like Shirley Man has, because you're able to enjoy the nice things people say about you.

Cop Tales are true stories as told by law enforcement officers from all over the country. The stories are told in the first person. The actual officer’s initials follow each story.