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The Future of Your Local Paper – August 19, 2015River News-HeraldRich Peters, Editor

Just a little over a month into my time at the River News-Herald, I am very happy with the direction that we are heading. Our two new staff writers, C.A. Giacoma and Anthony Gutierrez, have been great additions, bringing us great stories from around the community and more.

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Community Comes Together for Delta Fire Fundraiser – August 19, 2015

a4 (1)Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

At Moore’s Riverboat Restaurant, compassion and kindness were given out in the form of donations to victims of the Delta Loop fire. These donations touched the hearts of these victims and the Delta community came together for the sake of those who lost.
One victim from the fire who attended the fundraiser had her home burned down to an unlivable condition, but she said there’s nowhere else to go but up from here.

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North Delta C.A.R.E.S.
Promoting Collaboration, Not Competition – August 19, 2015FullSizeRender (2)C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer
Anna Swenson of North Delta Cares spoke passionately when she shared her experience of driving to Southern California recently to observe what the impact of the drought has meant for the Los Angeles basin.
Ms. Swenson also viewed the agricultural activities taking place in the San Joaquin Valley as she traveled south and recounted what she witnessed along the way.

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“Late Summer Show” Set to Hit Clarksburg Art Studio – August 19, 2015

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Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

Later this month, Robert and Sonya Schumacher will present the “Late Summer Show” at their art studio in Clarksburg and here’s a preview of what you can expect to see:
Some art pieces will have social commentary, some philosophical commentary and some observations in nature and human interaction.

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Sacramento Valley Roadwork Schedule

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Sunday, August 16 – Saturday, August 22, 2015

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World News – August 14, 2015

china explosionsStephen Stark, Local Reporter

England / France

  • Over 5000 immigrants are now currently camped at the mouth of the tunnel between England and France. Most are from Africa and desperately trying to enter England for better jobs and lives. Attempts by crossing the tunnel have disrupted the service regularly over the past months.

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California Fires Continue to Blaze – August 12, 2015

California FiresRich Peters, Editor

With another large grass fire burning Monday, this time near Travis Air Force Base, it was yet another reminder of how dangerous this dry summer has been to all Californians across the great state.

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 Rio Vista CARE Rounds Up Community – August 12, 2015

HAY RIDES AT ROUND UP FOR CAREAnthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

Rio Vista CARE hosted its 30th annual fundraiser with activities such as a live auction, silent auction a square dance exhibition among other activities in efforts to raise money for its counseling program. The community came together and honored Rio Vista CARE’s website quote: “Even the smallest act of caring has the potential to turn a life around.”

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Tony’s 10th Annual Wild Game Feed – August 12, 2015

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

For 10 years now, Tony’s Place in Walnut Grove has prepared and served their “Thank You” to all of the hunters and fishermen in the area by hosting their wild game feed. The big feed is not just the only one in the Delta, it is also one of the most delicious spreads you will ever enjoy anywhere.

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It’s Time to Bring Education into the 21st Century – August 12, 2015

Alan Shusterman, Guest Columnist

A record number of high school students are celebrating their hard-earned diplomas this year.
The celebrations won’t last. Despite their hard work, these students will soon find that they’re far from prepared for life after graduation. Academically, they’re worse educated than most of their foreign contemporaries. Occupationally, they’re ill-equipped for the jobs our economy needs. And emotionally, they’re less healthy than any generation in recent history.

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The Luckiest Skater in the Delta – August 5, 2015

Rich Peters, Editor

When I initially heard about last week’s fire out at the Korth’s Pirate’s Lair on the Delta Loop, I automatically thought of one person, my good friend Chris Silva, who resides at Pirate’s Lair. He is someone who I have known for over 15 years and watched skateboard for countless hours. We went to school together, played sports together, jammed together, drank beer together and genuinely grew up together.

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HEAT, DROUGHT AND WIND CONSPIRE TO THREATEN KORTH’S

 “ IT WAS A TERRIBLE ROAR, LIKE A JET ENGINE COMING IN TO LAND” – August 5, 2015

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

For nearly 80 years Korth’s Pirate’s Lair Marina has thrived in peaceful safety on the Delta at the eastern edge of Brannan Island where the Mokelumne River and the San Joaquin River meet. Sheltered from the ever-present breeze of the Delta by huge old palms and eucalyptus trees, planted by Josephine Korth in the early 1930’s, it is a verdant respite where countless families have lived and vacationed for many decades.

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Rio Vista’s Queen for all Seasons – August 5, 2015

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

The Delta was favored last week by a visit from Past Bass Derby Queen Beverly Stahl on her annual visit to the Delta. Bev hitches up her boat and heads south with her husband, Ed, every summer to visit her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as old friends. Whenever she comes down here she brings her boat to do some boating, indulging in her lifelong hobby of water skiing.

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Walnut Grove Plays Host to Tunnels Protest – August 5, 2015

Anthony Gutierrrez, Staff Writer

WALNUT GROVE, Calif. – In front of a fishing boat, cut out pictures of dead fish were seen hanging by a fishing line, protest signs reading “California Make a Better Choice for Water” and “163 Years of Family Farms Down the Drain” were leaning on the side of the boat and a pickup truck, respectively. This protest display was brought upon by Governor Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels plan which was the topic of discussion in the conference room filled with Delta advocates and project experts who exchanged discourse on whether this $15 billion project is right or wrong.

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The 116th Annual Holy Ghost Fest Hits Home With Message of Family – August 5, 2015

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

The Holy Ghost chairman Steve Penick’s message about family echoed from last night’s festival queen’s coronation intoSunday’s as people in blue collars, dress shirts, skinny jeans and silver crowns gathered in the Portuguese hall at 295 South 7th Street awaiting the coming of food while sharing each other’s company.

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Isleton Library: Alive and Thriving at 100 – August 5, 2015

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

The enthusiasm was hard to contain when the crowd began arriving for Isleton’s 100th birthday party last Saturday. It was quickly evident that the Isleton library would have well in excess of 100 people attending the completion of the first century for this much loved local institution.

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No Soliciting – The Advantageous Adaptability of Ad Blockers – August 2, 2015

Anthony Pucci, Contributor

Ad BlockIt seems that nowadays one can turn their head without someone trying to sell one product or another to them. Perhaps you’ve remarked at the number of commercials during your favorite TV show or were bothered by the tear away ad attached to the comics of the Sunday paper.

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3-Alarm Fire Breaks Out on the Delta Loop  – July 31, 2015

Rich Peters, Editor

Korth Fire

A grass fire broke out on the Delta Loop at the Korth’s Pirate’s Lair Marina Thursday afternoon. At least 11 homes were affected, some destroyed.

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New River News Herald Website

Rich Peters, Editor

Our new website is dedicated to bringing you vital news from around the Delta, Bay Area, Sacramento, the state of California and beyond on a more regular basis. We know that news doesn’t happen once a week, so it will no longer be delivered once a week.

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Isleton Citizens Ask: “ What is the Future of Isleton?”

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

The July 22, 2015, meeting of the Isleton City Council convened at approximately 6:20 pm in a very over crowded meeting room at Isleton City Hall. The size of the crowd said it all – this meeting was very important to the residents of Isleton.

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World News

Stephen Stark, Local Reporter

China – Despite the government making broad steps to avoid a stock market crash, last week the Chinese stock market took a hit. Zimbabwe – The world is outraged about the killing of Cecil the famous lion on a national park and animal sanctuary. Turkey – Turkish forces have begun air strikes on ISIL forces inside Syria…

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Downtown Pittsburg Keeps Big Band Music Alive and Well

Rich Peters, Editor

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in newly renovated and blossoming downtown Pittsburg, the vintage California Theatre was packed full of true fans of music and the arts from all walks of life.

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Pear Fair: A reminder of how important the Delta is

Anthony Gutierrez, Staff Writer

From left to right, black and white photos of smiling families, historical buildings, and farming equipment take middle stage of the auditorium. These photos capture the river Delta’s culture since the 1920s, as toddlers to middle-aged to the elderly examine them.

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Summer Learning is Fun for a Very Special Class

C.A. Giacoma, Staff Writer

Through the collaboration of Walnut Grove summer school special education teachers Chris Smith (who commutes from Copperopolis), Sue Moehlenbrock, Rio Vista High Senior Cheyenne Bastedo, Chris Para and professionals Maria Larios and Jenny Kitchens, the special ed kids from Walnut Grove were given a chance to learn how to swim this summer.

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Union Baptist Celebrates Its Centennial

By:  Rich Peters, Editor

In 1914, Dr W.E. Story, serving as a missionary with the American Baptist Churches, arrived by river boat to hold worship services with the residents of Rio Vista. Ralph Rowe, Sr. , a young man attending Baptist Divinity school in Berkeley, spent weekends in Rio vista working with Dr Story. Folks up and down the Sacramento River joined in the services as well as the residents of this farming community.

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Garamendi takes tour of Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District

By: Galen Kusic, Special to RNH

Water treatment plants are becoming increasingly vital during California’s drought.  Hence, Congressman John Garamendi (CA-3) visited the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District on Monday to  learn more about the process and cutting edge technology that has made the district one of the most renowned in its field.

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As Governor Brown’s Tunnel Plans Flounder, It’s Time to Move On

By:  Rich Peters, Editor

With more hiccups and another 8,000 pages of environmental impacts added to the already 40,000 released, it’s time for Jerry Brown to stop the tunnel charade. Considering the current drought, economic and ecological issues that our state is faced with, Brown needs to stop trying to force his way into the wrong pages of the history books and focus on the realistic tasks at hand.

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Obamacare Is Hurting the Future Generations of America

By: Rich Peters, Editor

If you are a fresh out of college, hard working, goal driven, up and coming 20-something-year-old in this country, I’m sorry.  There was a time not long ago when those attributes were our country’s key to success. Some may have even called it “The American Dream”, but not anymore. That dream is long gone and quickly turning into a nightmare.

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