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February 13, 2016

New language in federal rules distinguishes larger, park model RVs from manufactured housing

A muddied definition of recreational vehicles that alarmed the industry two years ago -- classifying park model RVs as permanent rather than temporary housing — is being cleaned up in a revised U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development rule. The proposed rule, published this week, is intended to draw a bright and distinct line between large park model RVs and manufactured housing.

by Daniel Barker

February 8, 2016

California health authorities are increasingly applying police state measures by forcing vaccinations and practicing genetic discrimination - violating constitutional principles and privacy rights.

The state's schools are now being penalized financially for not enforcing mandatory vaccinations; meanwhile children are being expelled for having a genetic predisposition to certain diseases - even when they don't actually have the diseases in question. Despite much controversy and outrage over California's vaccination laws, it seems that now health officials are emboldened to push even more authoritarian measures regarding the 'health' of the state's citizens.

by Jason Cowan

February 4, 2016

More than two decades ago, Jim Bergantz read a book - a series of short vignettes of people doing extraordinary acts of kindness for one another. It inspired him.

The lifelong Calaveras County resident said he wanted to do something to encourage such acts in his hometown, things as simple as a smile to a stranger or allowing someone to step ahead in line at a grocery store. He began handing out thousands of roses by the dozen from a nursery he owned in Angels Camp with one catch. The recipient could keep one, but distribute the rest to others.

by Annie

February 1, 2016

It's January, the weather sucks.  I haven't seen a blue sky for days, must remember to take extra Vitamin D.  The kids are home, they are bore...

We used to go to the zoo the first Monday of the month, when they offered free admittance. We would pack a lunch, take our books and put everything in a wagon. The kids were free to explore, we even had walkie talkies for each of them. It was really fun.

January 27, 2016

If you watched "Little House on the Prairie," chances are you remember the story of Mary Ingalls.

The television show and popular book series drew on the real-life experiences of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Mary, Laura's sister, went blind as a teenager after contracting scarlet fever, according to the story. Now a team of medical researchers are raising questions about whether that's true.

by Dan Pearce

January 26, 2016

I feel a need to write this post after what I witnessed at Costco yesterday. Forgive me for another post written in desperation and anger. Please read all the way to the end. I know it's long, but this is something that needs to be said.

As Noah and I stood in line to make a return, I watched as a little boy (he couldn't have been older than six) looked up at his dad and asked very timidly if they could buy some ice cream when they were done. The father glared him down, and through clenched teeth, growled at the boy to "leave him alone and be quiet". The boy quickly cowered to the wall where he stood motionless and hurt for some time.

January 25, 2016

Photographers can enter pictures of Central Valley or Sierra Nevada wildlife in an annual contest sponsored by a Twain Harte-based group.

The Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center will award $150 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third. Shooters 18 or younger can compete for another $100 prize.

by Tom Wyke

January 15, 2016

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has called for a review of home schooling amid concerns that thousands of children are being radicalised by their own parents. It is unclear how many children and young adults are being home schooled.

Parents do not have to inform their council that they are educating their children at home, leaving the government in the dark about the number of kids at risk of radicalisation through education at home. 'There has always been the freedom in this country for people to educate their children at home. Many people do it very well,' a senior government source told the Independent on Sunday.

January 9, 2016

Earlier this week at the Asian Pacific Economic Conference in Hawaii, President Obama said that the United States has become a "little bit lazy" when it comes to bringing new businesses into our country.

Laziness doesn't come at us all at once in a loud abrasive manner. It creeps up on us and lulls us to sleep. But there is a cure. The Bible says, "Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31)."

by Kathy Shea Mormino

January 8, 2016

Dressing pet chickens in sweaters has become something of a fad in backyards recently, a trend not entirely different from the pet rock of the 1970s- silly, cute and unnecessary.

Photos of hens wearing sweaters are being shared on social media channels like the common cold in a kindergarten class, photos that no doubt fuel a practice that ought not be encouraged. The average chicken does NOT NEED a sweater. I am first in line to encourage the proper care and keeping of pet chickens and can anthropomorphize my pets with the best of 'em, but the truth is, sweaters do not help backyard chickens and if I believed they did, I would use them and advocate their use. While it's fine to engage in a little silliness with our chickens from time-to-time for a quick photo op, sweaters are not only unnecessary, they can be dangerous.