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Forgive $1.4M golf ‘loan’ & cut $155K subsidy

Two nagging financial questions have been attached to Manteca's golf course for more than a decade. The questions are simple and the right answers are even simpler.

March 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


October surprise: Bureau of Reclamation water boards farmers

The Bureau of Reclamation is proving itself more than slightly inept at managing water.

March 14, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Don’t let the sour note of tragic death overshadow the sweet music of Ethaan Boyer

You never know where life will take you -or when it will end.

March 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sierra High grad Pavao closer to $100,000 prize

If Lindsey Pavao wasn't already a household name, she certainly is now.

March 13, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Break SJ Valley’s poverty chains by pushing oil drilling in Monterey Shale

Stanislaus County. San Joaquin County, Kern County. Merced County. Tulare County. Fresno County. Madera County. Kings County.

March 12, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You can’t fool kids. They know an angel when they see one.

There are angels among us.

March 10, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So just what did you say?

"You know what I am going to say even before I say it Lord" – Psalm 139:4

March 10, 2012 | By MONICA CANE Faith Columnist | Local Columns


Sometimes going backwards helps you go forward

I got a call the other night from someone I consider to be my best friend…Sparky Gehres. He is an art teacher at Livingston High School. I think people down there call him "Mark" Gehres, or Mr. Gehres, or Coach Gehres. I know him as Sparky. I never see him enough or talk to him enough…but he just intuitively knows when to call, and when to keep calling until I answer. He has always known when to…not so simply…show up…to call. When each of my parents died. Those first years of teaching, coaching. Trying to ...

March 10, 2012 | By MICK FOUNTS San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools | Local Columns


The trick is to get people to see a unique value to going downtown

Sam Walton's legacy of big box retail isn't what ails downtowns in cities such as Manteca.

March 08, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to set interchange landscaping standard employing xeriscape

Consultants - a genre that knows a thing or two about raising green as in big hefty fees - believe it will cost between $120,000 and $180,000 a year to maintain landscaping they envision for the new Lathrop Road and Highway 99 interchange breaking ground in the next few years.

March 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time for government to debate control funding in a manner that makes sense

It is time to end the charade.

March 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The bigger threat: Second-hand smoke from neighbor’s yard or government edicts?

James Baker lives in Rocklin. His two kids have asthma.

March 06, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We’re slowing flushing behavior standards down the proverbial toilet

"We all have to go. So enjoy the go." - the latest Quilted Northern toilet paper TV commercial

March 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Court edict: No right to display USA flag images on Cinco de Mayo

Afghans shoot and kill American soldiers and burn our flag and we apologize.

March 03, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Food police going after mobile food vendors by schools

The food war is heating up.

March 01, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Education cartel: $$$$ Taxpayers: 0

This might sound like blasphemy to some but don't be surprised if the education cartel implodes the current public education system from kindergarten through ...

May 03, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Illegal fireworks crackdown

Those firing off illegal fireworks in Manteca starting July 1 could run a greater risk of being slapped with a $750 fine plus the cost ...

May 02, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


STEM IN KINDERGARTEN

Lincoln Van Houten tried to picture what type of structure would best keep an ice cube from melting on the warmest daytime spot at Colony ...

May 02, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


MHS fence falls toward residences

Firefighters responded Saturday morning to a partially collapsed 40-foot high chain link fence covered with ivy meant to protect mobile homes adjacent to the Manteca ...

May 02, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Manteca may up fee for non-resident golf

Non-resident green fees for playing 18 holes at the Manteca Golf Course may increase by $1 starting July 1.

May 02, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The fallacy of minimum wage & rising the tide

Forty-six years ago I was flipping burgers at the Squirrel Cage in Lincoln. I was making $1.65 an hour. It was California's minimum ...

May 01, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to tweak North Main decision

Sitting in traffic on North Main Street on a weekday afternoon or a late Saturday morning as it struggles to snake through downtown makes you ...

April 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


My favorite song? Try ‘California’ by Sinatra

My taste in music runs the gamut from rock to jazz as well as country to western.

April 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California: Is it the next stoner state?

Jerry Brown a few years back was asked to comment on the drive to legalize recreational use of pot in California.

April 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It was almost worth losing the pepper tree

My neighbors have probably been wondering if I was ever going to top Christmas Eve 2010.

April 26, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Go ahead and tell me to take a hike

The mountains call.

April 26, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The criminal homeless 2: Manteca: 0

Manteca is about to lose another round to the criminal homeless.

April 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Credits for MUSD students

College prep is a big component of secondary education.

April 25, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Workshop on MUSD budget on Tuesday

The Manteca Unified board will conduct a study session Tuesday on the proposed preliminary budget for the 2016-2017 school year.

April 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


ELECTION FRAUD CHARGE

The third Manteca Unified school board trustee to be charged with election fraud in the last 12 months is claiming that it's an attempt ...

April 23, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


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