As Memories Fade: A wife’s devotion endures against the slow march of Alzheimer’s

Grandison Turner, known as Junior, is a retired North Sacramento laborer who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a decade ago. At 80, he’s fading quickly – he can’t stand up or roll over in bed without help and barely speaks. But his wife, Juanita, is determined to keep him at home. “According to the vows I made before God, I’d honor him in sickness and in health,” she said. “This is part of the vows I made.”

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Feast gift guide: Ideas from the Sacramento food scene

Believe it or not, we’re just a couple calendar Xs away from Black Friday, traditional start of the holiday shopping season. If you’re starting to think about stocking stuffers, host gifts or under-the-tree presents for foodie friends or family members, we’ve got some ideas cooking. Feast reporters and editors (Debbie Arrington, Chris Macias, Allen Pierleoni, Blair Anthony Robertson and Tim Swanson) have put together a list of 17 recommended gifts, all with strong ties to the Sacramento region. Many are produced, fabricated or harvested here; others simply celebrate our local food-and-drink scene. All are relatively affordable – with prices starting at $5 and topping out at $65 – and sure to bring a smile upon unwrapping.


Small Placer dam is a big barrier to salmon

A small dam in Auburn Ravine in Lincoln is proving to be a significant barrier to salmon. The Nevada Irrigation District, which owns Hemphill Dam, plans to modify it for salmon but has been criticized by environmental groups for dragging its feet. The Placer County District Attorney’s Office is also investigating the dam.

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Opinion: Safron grasps win that was always out of reach

Garrett Safron, the one-time walk-on from Santa Monica High earned a scholarship to Sacramento State, beat out the competition for starting quarterback, rewrote the Hornets’ record book, and finally on Saturday, in his last gasp at defeating UC Davis, he grabbed a chunk of the Causeway and held it aloft with his teammates.

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