December, 2019

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Howard Lachtman

The Serpent’s Tooth

Part 2 A riverside dinner party celebrating the end of a Delta summer has paired the Delta Detective with an intelligent and inquisitive woman whose

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Rich Turner

Short Takes

Pipe Rats Back in the mid-1990’s I was privileged to document the seismic retrofitting of the East Bay Municipal Utility Districts aqueducts that bring water

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David Stuart

Robert G. LeTourneau

Stocktonian Was the Greatest Inventor of Earthmoving Equipment Abraham Grunauer’s Whitehall Ranch near Tracy hired Robert G. LeTourneau (1888-1969) in 1919 to repair its old

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Carrie Alexander

Fenced Off – Part 3

Negotiating Memory and Access at the Antioch Dunes and Waterfront Part 1 introduces the current state of the Antioch Dunes Wildlife Refuge and covers the

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Howard Lachtman

The Serpent’s Tooth

Part One The sun is setting on the Delta summer. Time once again for the Delta Detective to attend his favorite harvestfest party. But with

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Rich Turner

Tilting at Windmills*

“Some just don’t like change and these people didn’t want change.”   — Shirley Paolini If you are anywhere near Rio Vista or the Diablo Range

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Carrie Alexander

Fenced Off – Part 2

Negotiating Memory and Access at the Antioch Dunes and Waterfront Part 2 (if you missed Part 1) Life Between Fences: Survival and Access at the

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Carrie Alexander

Fenced Off

Negotiating Memory and Access at the Antioch Dunes and Waterfront Part I  A Time Before Fences: Memories of Childhood at the Antioch Waterfront This is

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Cyndy Green

Know Before You Have to Go

Understanding Emergency Evacuations In depth look at how emergency evacuations are proclaimed and carried out with focus on terminology and how different counties handle emergencies.

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Robert Campbell

Art from Salt

The Cargill Salt Ponds are located in San Francisco Bay in the cities of Newark, Redwood City and Napa. The Napa and Redwood City operations

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Rich Turner

Short Takes

When Getting Lost is Highly Recommended    It’s fun to turn off the better traveled roads and onto those of questionable quality going who-knows-where. Not

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Josie Iselin

Mixing

New on Old and West goes East   There is something about mixing—fresh and salt, old and new, east and west—that keeps our souls keen. I

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David Stuart

New Hope Colony

Supporting a New Mormon Zion New Hope was a farming colony established in 1846 on the lower Stanislaus River to support the anticipated new western

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Rich Turner

8 1/2 Months

Editor’s note about Soundings Magazine  8 1/2 months. Already? !  The title of this post refers to how long we’ve been publishing SoundingsMag. You might

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Rich Turner

Short Takes

Tinsley Island Every so often I like to take low and slow flights over the Delta just to see what I can see. In all

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Rich Turner

The Kindness of Others

What started out as a short drive to the river for an after dinner Delta walk became something else altogether. As it happens, everything work

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Cyndy Green

Vietnam Moving Wall

June 20 – 24, 2019, Stockton, California The Vietnam Moving Wall was in Stockton last month. I spent four days working a night shift patrolling

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Cyndy Green

First Generation Farmers

The Delta historically has been an agricultural paradise.  But sometimes there is a disconnect between the agricultural community and the urban culture. A fourth generation

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Carol A. Jensen

Oakley Through Time

The settlement and development of Oakley is the experience of every pioneer California town. Originally a Native American paradise, this Delta settlement quickly becomes San

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