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Donner Party would have tough time understanding our fears today

The Donner Party came to California 170 years ago.

November 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Miracle on Moffat Boulevard

Moffat Boulevard 20 years ago was what might politely be called a pigsty.

November 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will the real Donald Trump please stand up?

Politicians usually try to look like they're keeping their campaign promises, at least until they get sworn in. Only then do they start mumbling about changed circumstances and the difficulty of dealing with Congress (even if their party controls Congress, as Donald Trump's does).

November 23, 2016 | | Local Columns


About that ‘vile’ place we call Manteca

If you go to certain select websites that hammer away incessantly over hot topic issues such as the homeless in order to draw clicks for page views so they can pocket money from advertisers, you will read how Manteca is one of the cruelest communities on the face of earth.

November 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Masseuse charged with sexual assault against a woman

A Manteca woman in her mid-50s claimed she was sexually assaulted Friday evening at the Angels massage parlor in the 1100 block of East Yosemite Avenue by a male masseuse. The parlor is located in a strip of shops on the south side of Yosemite Avenue facing north.

November 21, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Collection blitz yields 559 turkeys

The 375-year-old American tradition of sharing the bounty of the harvest is being kept alive in Manteca.

November 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


HARD WORK PAYS OFF

Melvin Kauffman goes to work four days a week at Delta A/C Supply in Lathrop. His day-to-day routine is mostly desk work such as opening the mail. And once in a while, he gets his truck loaded up with products ordered by customers and delivers them to the construction site.

November 21, 2016 | By ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Local Columns


First class of at-risk teens set for academy

There's a new lesson plan for underachieving at-risk 16 to 18 year olds.

November 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


9 vying for 2017 Almond Blossom title

Candidates for the upcoming 2017 Almond Blossom Queen Contest gathered Saturday morning to hear what is going to be expected of them prior and during the three day festival on the last weekend of February.

November 21, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


The 900-pound gorilla imperiling Manteca City Council members

The Manteca City Council election is almost over.

November 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Never talk politics when you’re getting your hair cut

These are dangerous times we are living in.

November 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Attention Millenials: Deal with it

I saw a meme on Facebook last week that showed a bunch of twentysomethings blocking a freeway with the caption "this is what happens when you give kids trophies for losing."

November 17, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Just how ‘healthy’ is state’s rainy day fund?

Say what you want about Jerry Brown - and there's a lot to say about his one track mind on high speed rail as well as his Twin Tunnel religion - but the governor has nailed it again when it comes to prudent budgeting.

November 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California: A real true purple state

My infatuation with California is barely eclipsed by my love of the United States of America.

November 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Molotov cocktail the state is tossing

The State Water Control Board's 3,500-page plan to dismantle the Northern San Joaquin Valley economy in a bid for a net gain of 1,000 more salmon holds water about as well as a sieve.

November 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Who will win the battle for Manteca USD classrooms?

The battle for the classroom is about to begin.

January 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rina’s Run in Ripon taking off on May 13

Rina's Run benefiting the completion of the Ripon High stadium is set for May 13 starting from the Ripon High School track.

January 23, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Ripon man overcame handicap that started with mosquito bite

Jeffrey Kincaid – now 63 years old – has made his family proud with his spirit and tenacity that went against all odds in the life of ...

January 23, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Council deciding on how they will fill vacant seat

It has been nearly a month since newly-elected councilman Ruben Sandoval passed away unexpectedly just two days after he took the oath of office.

January 23, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


More business park space in works for Spreckels Park

A 21,450-square-foot building is being proposed for one of the few remaining undeveloped parcels in Spreckels Park.

January 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


REPEATING LOUISE MISH MASH

Manteca's mish mash approach to major arterials continues unabated.

January 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You might want to buckle your seat belt

It doesn't take an economic genius to understand what will happen next in Manteca.

January 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Highway 49’s bridge over troubled waters

"And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory ...

January 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon doing indoor soccer better than Manteca?

Big League Dreams won't be the only show in town anymore when it comes to providing a quality indoor soccer facility.

January 20, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


The Manteca Council Twilight Zone & building the 5th fire station

Every Manteca City Council candidate says it: Public safety is priority one.

January 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will Trump yank high speed funds?

Hanford is a true San Joaquin Valley city.

January 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


1984, PBS, preschool & $400M

I tend to watch TV is on Saturday nights when I'm vegging out for a few hours watching episodes I've memorized of Law ...

January 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The siren song of technology & government

Google will not improve government per se.

January 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s first State of City is set for Jan. 25

Thomas Pogue keeps tabs on the economic health of the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

January 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Deadly night: One stabbing death, another man is shot

Two men were assaulted in separate incidents in the wee hours of Sunday in Lathrop with one dying from multiple stab wounds and the other ...

January 16, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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