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California Dream: From Gold Rush to state government going bust

Six days from now marks the 163rd anniversary of the most defining event in California history - the discovery of gold by James Marshall at Coloma.

January 18, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Wrapping dishes with clothing at the checkout

I should have said something, but I didn't.

January 16, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Short life spanned the Great Abyss

Between the day she was born and the day she died the world had changed.

January 16, 2011 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Taking Manteca’s bike path system to the next level

The Tidewater Bikeway rates as a true visionary move made by Manteca civic leaders in the 1990s.

January 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Perks of jogging in refrigerator weather: Prelude to spring’s bounty

January in the Northern San Joaquin Valley can drive you crazy if you let it.

January 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


No escaping fact Uncle Sam wants to kill off SUVs

My family thought I had lost it when I moved to Manteca 20 years ago.

January 13, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why are we even shocked by what happened in Arizona?

There is evil in the world.

January 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Surprise! Brown’s honeymoon is over after 7 days

India has its sacred cow.

January 11, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making it safer for illegals to enter California

It is illegal to enter the United States without going through the proper channels.

January 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If the bank had just put in a decent toilet

It started with a need to replace a woefully inadequate cheap toilet – with an installation job to match – the bank had put in place in a bid to "modernize" the foreclosure I bought nearly three years ago.

January 09, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just what we need: E-mails from our washing machines

Do we really need a washing machine that e-mails you when it's through with a load of clothes?

January 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Marin County frets about SmartMeters but not cell phones

PG&E - contrary to the belief of the Marin County Board of Supervisors - is not trying to kill off its customers using electromagnetic radiation.

January 07, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


New Year resolutions: Just do it

Does anyone really stick to their New Year resolution?

January 07, 2011 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


The blue line gets thinner & dangerous

The front line of defense in California and the rest of the nation are being whittled down due to budget cuts that end up putting officers in jeopardy and threatening community safety.

January 06, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Little cat’s feet? Try a 200-pound tiger with claws

I'm a Valley Boy – Central Valley that is – through and through.

January 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Beautiful blue eyes

Those beautiful blue eyes.

February 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Little Red Hen & Tulloch Lake

Copperopolis residents are worried sick.

February 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fish fry, JROTC dinner Friday

The FESM Fish Dinner is Friday, Feb. 27, at the FESM Hall, 240 N. Main St., Manteca with takeout from 5 to 6 p.m. The doors for the sit-down dinner open at 6 with a dinner of lingcod fish, potatoes, bread, salad, and dessert served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 6 to 12. For tickets contact Frank at 209.595.3558.

February 26, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Questions to dog city leaders on

The Great Dog Park Debate is back.

February 25, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The winner in the category of least gracious winner is . . .

The 87th annual Academy Awards shouldn't be confused with entertainment.

February 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Here’s to the 301 Manteca residents who would of died

There will be 301 Manteca residents who will not die by the end of this year thanks to vaccines.

February 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Job market forces pay raises at Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart workers are getting a pay raise.

February 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Central Valley Beat debuting today

"Welcome to the very first episode of the Central Valley Beat. I am Nina Frisby and…"

February 20, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


It’s Almond Blossom time! (plus more crab)

Almond Blossom Festival is here! Start your weekend right with some tasty breakfast. Ripon Grange #511 is holding its 53rd annual Almond Blossom Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 10 a.m. at the Grange Hall, 827 Ripona Ave., Ripon. Tickets for adults are $7 when purchased in advance or $8 at the door. Please call Helen at 209.599.7110 for more information.

February 19, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Family City’s can-do attitude is for Bay Area housing needs

There is no affordable housing problem in Manteca.

February 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Born to be wild: Black & white high tops

White Converse All-Star high top basketball shoes.

February 18, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca & the coming water crisis

It was a beautiful day Monday.

February 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E wants you to pay for them to profit from chargers

PG&E wants the state to give them permission to take money from you so they can make even more money.

February 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City Council posed to jack up future rents

The Manteca City Council on Tuesday is likely to vote to increase future apartment rents, make it more difficult for young people entering the workforce to rent let alone buy a home in Manteca, and widen the housing gap between the haves and have nots.

February 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A wedding is a day; marriage is a lifetime

Love is in the air. Or, I should say, marriage is in the air. For the first time in my recent memory, people I know are tying the knot left and right.

February 14, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


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