Wednesday, August 31, 2011 12:00 am
Richard Cropper was introduced as the new watermaster for the
North San Joaquin Water Conservation District on Monday evening.
Cropper previously served as superintendent of Linden-based Friis
Constructors, according to News-Sentinel archives.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 12:00 am
The North San Joaquin Water Conservation District needs more
time to name its new watermaster and legal representation. Several
law firms were interviewed during a two-hour closed session
Tuesday, but the district has not finalized which firm will
represent it in the future, said director Mark Beck.
Friday, June 10, 2011 12:00 am
A local water district has narrowed its field of candidates to
replace its retiring watermaster. The North San Joaquin Water
Conservation District's board of directors narrowed the field to
three candidates at a closed session Thursday afternoon, said
director Marden Wilbur.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 12:00 am
The North San Joaquin Water Conservation District will have its
directors sit on a panel and interview candidates for its
watermaster position, director Hugh Scanlon said Tuesday. The board
held a closed session Tuesday afternoon to discuss the process.
Director Mark Beck was absent from the meeting.
Saturday, May 14, 2011 12:00 am
It took more than two hours of disputes and distractions, but a
local water district is closer to replacing its outgoing
North San Joaquin Water Conservation District directors agreed
on a process to start screening applicants to replace retiring
Watermaster Pete Weinzheimer at Friday morning's special session,
but the agreement was reduced to a subplot of the meeting as
members of the public exchanged barbs with the board's
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 12:00 am
Pete Weinzheimer is going to have to wait a little longer for a
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 8:48 am
A contentious atmosphere ruled a nearly three-hour session for
the troubled North San Joaquin Water Conservation District when its
chairman returned to the board Monday night.
Friday, March 11, 2011 12:00 am
Despite meeting for more than three hours Thursday night, the
board of directors for the North San Joaquin Water Conservation
District walked away from the session without any specifics on how
it would generate new revenue. However, one board member called on
his fellow constituents to each bring 100 acres of land not
currently using district water into the system in the coming
Thursday, February 17, 2011 12:00 am
The board of directors for the North San Joaquin Water
Conservation District knows its options are limited.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 12:00 am
For board members of the North San Joaquin Water Conservation
District, the next 30 days will feature a firestorm of tasks and
meetings. Although the board did not adopt a budget or determine
any avenues for generating revenue at Monday’s meeting, directors
did agree to hold meetings more often and will look to work with
private investors to use more surface water. In comparison to most
district sessions, Monday’s meeting was a subdued and didn’t
contain multiple outbursts and heated exchanges.
Thursday, December 23, 2010 6:44 am
Editor: How low can Ed Steffani and Pete Weinzheimer go? It
appears they are trying to politically blackmail the San Joaquin
Water District Board into removing Bryan Pilkington as board
president and replacing him with Beck or Petersen (not Wilber or
Scanlon). If Steffani and Weinzheimer had been doing a reasonably
good job, Bryan Pilkington, who was until this last election the
only elected board member, would not have had the support of “We
the People” and be the board president.
Thursday, December 23, 2010 12:00 am
Two prominent North San Joaquin Water Conservation District
employees are threatening to quit unless its board of directors
appoints a new president. The district’s water master, Pete
Weinzheimer, and general manager Ed Steffani announced in a Letter
to the Editor published in Saturday’s News-Sentinel that they would
resign from their respective positions unless board president Bryan
Pilkington is removed as leader.
Saturday, December 18, 2010 12:00 am
We write today to announce and explain our resignations from the
North San Joaquin Water Conservation District. (Ed Steffani, 78, is
part-time manager, employed for 11 years. Pete Weinzheimer, 74, is
full-time water master, employed by the district for 35 years.)
We'll continue for a short time to organize files, move equipment
and operate the Cal Fed recharge project.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009 10:00 pm
Tensions flared, voices were raised and accusations flew at a
North San Joaquin Water Conservation District meeting Tuesday.
Pete Weinzheimer, watermaster for the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District, checks a solar electrical panel on property near the Mokelumne River in Victor. District officials and two property owners dispute who owns the property and whether the water district had any business installing the solar panel at that location. (Ross Farrow/News-Sentinel)
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 10:00 pm
A year ago, the water on Jon Tecklenburg's property was 80 feet
below the surface. This year, it's 103 feet deep.
Pete Weinzheimer is the watermaster at the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District. Weinzheimer has pumped water onto Al Costa's vineyard all week from the Mokelumne River as part of a groundwater recharge project. (Brian Feulner/News-Sentinel)
Thursday, February 26, 2009 10:00 pm
Pete Weinzheimer maintains three water pumping stations and the
pipelines that transport water from the Mokelumne River to the
Victor and Acampo areas for the North San Joaquin Water
Thursday, February 26, 2009 10:00 pm
The rainstorms that hit the Lodi area over the past two weeks
allowed the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District to pump
river water into a sandy vineyard as part of a groundwater recharge
Watermaster Pete Weinzheimer of the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District checks out a pumping station above the Mokelumne River west of Bruella Road on Sunday. (Ross Farrow/News-Sentinel)
Friday, May 2, 2008 10:00 pm
Some workers who provide fire and water service in rural areas
outside Lodi are well-paid, while others run on a shoestring
budget. Take the local fire chiefs for example.
Thursday, January 1, 2004 10:00 pm
Ultimately, the stories of 2003 were the stories of people.
People who achieved great successes, faced major challenges, or
became entangled in controversy. The biggest story of the year
involved mounting costs and concerns relating to the city's
pollution lawsuit, and three of the top newsmakers are connected to
that issue: Mayor Larry Hansen, former Mayor Susan Hitchcock, and
Michael Donovan, the richly paid mastermind of the litigation.
Following are the top newsmakers of 2003, as selected by the
editorial staff of the News-Sentinel.
Ed Steffani, right, general manager of the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District, discusses with watermaster Pete Weinzheimer how to replace a valve stem to an irrigation pipeline Friday at the John Kautz property on Locust Tree Road. (Ross Farrow/News-Sentinel)
Sunday, September 7, 2003 10:00 pm
Within the next two weeks, Mokelumne River water will fill up to
25 acres formerly used as a vineyard in the first step to replenish
the area's depleting groundwater basin.