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The return of the grow & kill season

The rains are less frequent. The mercury is inching up toward 70 degrees. And the gopher mounds are popping up more often than Meg Whitman for governor TV commercials.

March 15, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | OPINION


AKF may help city secure water park

AKF Development – the firm that played a pivotal role in helping Manteca snag The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley and Del Webb at Woodbridge plus converted the old Spreckels Sugar factory site into a $200 million economic juggernaut - is now being tapped to help Manteca secure a water park and a hotel.

March 15, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Fire service: Bargain at $99 per capita

The odds are if you called 9-1-1 to summon the Manteca Fire Department in 2009 it wasn't due to fire but a medical emergency.

March 15, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Manteca: A $116M concern

City of Manteca operations are expected to generate $116 million and spend about $500,000 less in the fiscal year ending June 30.

March 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Politics


Replacement of street lights will save $150,000 on annual basis

Manteca will lighten the general fund deficit next year by at least $150,000 thanks to $685,830 in federal stimulus recovery funds.

March 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Politics


Bringing back Tidewater passenger rail service

There was a time when 24 passenger trains passed through Manteca daily to take you to Stockton or Modesto.

March 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Riding rails for valley commute

A century ago intercity trolley service – electric trains if you will – was all the rage transporting people between Sacramento and Northern San Joaquin Valley destinations such as Stockton, Modesto, Galt, Manteca, Merced, Lodi , and Elk Grove.

March 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Manteca jobless rate hits record 16.1 percent

Never have so many people been out of work in Manteca since the Great Depression.

March 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Invest 44 cents to help keep California safe

Want to help make California streets a bit safer for your family and neighbors?

March 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Return of Manteca Waterslides?

The next big thing in Manteca to attract visitors could make a big splash.

March 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Foreclosure filings drop 42% in SJ in February

Foreclosure filings have dropped 42 percent in San Joaquin in February compared to the same month in 2009.

March 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


No separation between church and state in the actual pledge

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

March 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Home buying: Back to the future

Twenty-one years ago they bought a house in the custom East Manteca neighborhood of Spring Meadows for $210,000.

March 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | HOME SCENE


Pensions take 8 cents of every $1

Some 8 cents of every tax dollar spent supporting the municipal general fund goes to help pay for annual pension plan costs.

March 11, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Politics


PG&E again on hook for SSJID legal expenses

South San Joaquin Irrigation District incurred roughly $5,000 in legal expenses due to PG&E's threat to take them to court over a natural gas pipeline that the utility essentially wanted to place within the SSJID right-of-way on PG&E's own terms.

March 11, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


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SSJID waiting to see whether PG&E appeals

South San Joaquin Irrigation District's drive to reduce electricity rates 15 percent across the board in Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon is on pause until mid-January.

December 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


You’d better watch out; Criminals shopping for steals

It's the busiest time of the year - for criminals.

December 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Crime


Holidays change city’s garbage collection days

If your garbage is collected on Thursday and Friday normally in Manteca, it won't happen for the next two weeks.

December 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Retro music movement gives a pulse to vinyl sales

Vinyl records are supposedly making a comeback of sorts.

December 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Homeless shelters ‘a right’

Any group has "the right" to open a homeless shelter for single men in Manteca as long as they do so in a general commercial zone.

December 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Cities prepare for floods while drought continues

The biggest threat to Manteca and Lathrop: Flood or drought?

December 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Louise: On track for widening

Road work on Louise Avenue may take a little longer than expected.

December 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Morowit goes GQ on council

The spiffy look that newly seated Councilman Mike Morowit sported at Tuesday's meeting didn't go unnoticed by Leonard Smith.

December 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Hernandez gets nod for council

Vince Hernandez is back in the saddle.

December 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Would Steve Jobs have embraced Going Digital for his kids?

The parents are frustrated.

December 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Vacant council seat may be filled tonight

Manteca could have a new councilman tonight.

December 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


½ cent tax key to ACE

Altamont Corridor Express trains could be stopping in downtown Manteca as well as downtown Ripon within five years if Stanislaus County voters approve their own version of San Joaquin County's half cent Measure K transportation sales tax during the next election cycle.

December 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Disconnect between school board & community

Forty-three days have passed since the resounding no confidence vote on the Manteca Unified School District board and they still don't get it.

December 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The good guys still wear blue

Manteca Police are playing Santa once again for needy kids as they've done for years.

December 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


Storm didn’t really help storage

Rains may pound the Central Valley and Bay Area relentlessly but it won't help much if rain and heavy snow doesn't fall in the Sierra.

December 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | NEWS


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