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Homeless taking over Library Park?

Chatter – punctuated by choice obscenities – was rising along with the mid-day temperature on Thursday as two men argued beneath the stately Sycamore trees of Library Park.

July 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


No justice for Oscar Grant or law-abiding peace officers

It took less than seven hours for a Los Angeles jury to deliver a miscarriage of justice.

July 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Providing five more sets of eyes on Manteca RDA

The Doyle Ranch back in the 1980s was perhaps the most prime piece of real estate along the Interstate 80 corridor east of Sacramento.

July 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Showering using a Dixie Cup during Midwest summer

Californians are wimps when it comes to weather.

July 07, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


House of Mud & other attractions

In National Lampoon's Vacation, the Griswolds took a pass on a chance to see the famous House of Mud.

July 07, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Fourth of July fallout

It was a Fourth of July many years ago – I was only a kid of 12 who loved shooting off fireworks from the safe ones and not so safe. M80s were the ultimate in Southern California, but I limited myself to simple fire crackers that were actually hard to come by unless you drove into downtown Los Angeles where somebody would be on the street hawking imported crackers by the pack.

July 06, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


California’s future will soon be found down in Monterey

Monterey - the birthplace of California government - was chosen by the Spaniards for that dubious honor in 1777 due to the great natural bay and the ample fresh water from the nearby Carmel River.

July 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Deal is hard to beat but better read small print

When Allegiant Air first announced its low-cost service from Stockton to Long Beach about a month or so ago, some of my colleagues were quick to act.

July 05, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Sacramento needs to shed 47,400 state jobs in next 12 months

With all due respect to F. Scott Fitzgerald, state workers are different than you and me.

July 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sharing the small town spirit with newcomers

So you want to get a feel for your town - newcomers and old-timers alike?

July 04, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Smoke bombs (& cherry bombs) can be dangerous

I do not like fireworks - at least the ones you buy and set off.

July 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Summer finally arrives in the San Joaquin Valley

The mercury - for those old enough to remember when you didn't click on weather.com to find what the outside temperature is but instead actually stepped outside to read an old-style thermometer - is expected to reach the 100-degree mark on the Fourth of July.

July 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


National health care’s 1st dividend: A 10% tanning tax

If you go to a tanning salon, congratulations are in order.

July 01, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


M-60 wasn’t that big of a blast on 4th

While rummaging through my garage a few years ago, I came across an old M-60.

July 01, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Who needs trees when CBS billboards are in Manteca park?

A small army of civic-minded volunteers from Crossroads Community Church did what they embraced as the Lord's work last October and helped the financially strapped city plant 250 trees along the Moffat Boulevard leg of the Tidewater Bikeway.

June 30, 2010 | 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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