News reports from La Sierra University; LangeTwins Family Winery in Lodi, California; Tuolumne (California) County Superior Court and Southern Adventist University:

Adventists continue to conduct one of the largest Biblical archaeology projects in the world: the Madaba Plains in Jordan. An update on this project as well as others will be shared during the annual Archeology Discovery Weekend at La Sierra University. It will be available online Sabbath, November 14, from 3 to 6 pm Pacific time. For more information, visit:

LangeTwins Family Winery in Lodi, California, has partnered with Adventist Health Lodi Memorial’s foundation to provide 400 gift boxes for National Nurses Week. The official week was in May but nurses were not able to observe it properly due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“When I think of nurses, it is someone who is seeing us at our very worst and we are expecting them to bring their very best,” said Marissa Lange, president of LangeTwins Family Winery, as quoted by FOX40.

“As a wine family, I can’t actively help make someone well but what we can do is support those who do,” Lange said.

According to the Union Democrat, Heidi Butler, 38, a former ICU nurse at Adventist Health Sonora, has been released on bail after she was taken into custody, accused of attempting to solicit the murder of her husband. A judge reduced her bail from $1 million to $100,000.

Tuolumne County Superior Court Judge Kevin Seibert said at a hearing Monday that he did not see a reason to keep the bail at the unusually high rate of $1 million, as the bail schedule for attempted murder was $500,000, and Butler is accused of solicitation to murder.

Butler’s public defender, Scott Gross, asked for reduced bail to allow her to be at home or under the care of a mental health professional. Gross claims Butler experienced a mental health crisis due to major work and family pressures that led to her self-sabotaging.

Southern Adventist University celebrated a library-related milestone today. Here’s the festive message on the school’s Facebook page: “On September 24, 1970, the doors of McKee Library at Southern Adventist University first opened. Today, we’re thrilled to celebrate 50 years of one of the most important and vital resources available on our campus!
Happy birthday, McKee Library—50 looks great on you!”


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