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Watts Winery faces challenges in ever-changing wine business

 

Craig Watts, grower and owner of Watts Winery in Lodi, talks about the myriad of laws and regulations winemakers need to be aware of in today’s market.

By MARC LUTZ
Business Journal Editor
mlutz@cvbizjournal.com

LODI — The grape harvest has arrived. For Watts Winery, it’s the busiest time of year.

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Turlock still enforcing drought restrictions

California may have pulled out of the drought, but that doesn’t mean cities throughout the state aren’t still reeling from the effects.

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Nominations sought for Ag Hall of Fame

The San Joaquin Country Agricultural Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for ag leaders throughout the county. The nominees should be those who have made outstanding contributions to the community.

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St. Joseph’s recognized for sustainability efforts

STOCKTON – St. Joseph’s Medical Center was recognized for its achievements in environmental sustainability in the healthcare sector.

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2014 rankings: University of the Pacific is diverse, smart and cool

2014 rankings: University of the Pacific is diverse, smart and cool

University of the Pacific awards more doctoral degrees to Asian American students than any other college in the country. Pacific alumni have the sixth-highest salaries among recent graduates who earned diplomas at West Coast colleges. And the university counts among the 15 most popular, 50 most beautiful, 50 smartest and 100 “coolest” campuses in the nation.

Those are just some of the rankings Pacific chalked up this year in assessments from popular magazines and websites, including Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Payscale.com, PolicyMic.com, Lumosity, Sierra Magazine and more.

“It’s wonderful when these rankings emphasize what we already know about Pacific,” said Provost Maria Pallavicini. “Pacific is a special place that prepares students for success through rigorous academics and superior teaching. While no ranking should be taken too seriously, we appreciate being recognized in so many areas.”

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Recycling is Big in CA! CalEPA official outlines strides over last 25 years

Recycling is Big in CA! CalEPA official outlines strides over last 25 years

 An unwrapped toy for the Child Abuse Prevention Council was the admission ticket for the Stockton Chamber's annual "Refreshments with the Recyclers" Holiday luncheon at the Stockton Hilton Wednesday.

Landfill Gas to Energy! Republic Services uses methane to power 1600 homes

Landfill Gas to Energy!  Republic Services uses methane to power 1600 homes

Methane is a normal by-product of decomposition in landfills. At Republic Services' Forward landfill in Eastern San Joaquin County, they have harnessed the methane and converted it into power. Republic Services, in cooperation with Ameresco, the largest renewable energy firm in the country, have constructed a 4.3 megawatt twin-turbine power plant next to the Austin Road landfill that runs on the methane pulled out of the nearby landfill. The generated power is sent to the PG&E grid and then to Silicon Valley Power, where it is used to supply 1600 homes in Santa Clara.