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Snow lingers but conserving water is ongoing concern

It looks like early June on the slopes of the 11,459-foot Sonora Peak - the farthest point eastern point on the Stanislaus River watershed that eventually sends water through Manteca and Lathrop faucets and to farms for irrigation via SSJID canals.

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Board OKs longer time for public comments

Leo Bennett-Cauchon is no stranger to the lectern at a Manteca Unified Board of Education meeting.

July 31, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


WENT FROM 60 TO 660

Carlon Perry - a former Manteca mayor who led the effort to secure a permanent home for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6311 and to increase membership 11-fold - is stepping down as post commander today at noon.

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DOUBLING 120/99 FLOWS

Capacity for traffic transitioning between the 120 Bypass and Highway 99 heading to and from Ripon would double in volume under a Caltrans plan.

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rocky the Squirrel & transgenders

I was stunned.

July 29, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A way Manteca can step up the pressure on illegal fireworks users

Manteca needs to double down in its battle against the proliferation of illegal fireworks.

July 28, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


From basement to penthouse

The first time I had jury duty – and the only time that I was ever called back to actually speak before a judge prior to voir dire – was the summer after I had turned 18.

July 28, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca fiddles while abandoned buildings burn

Is Manteca burning?

July 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why downtown Stockton? The $308M question

I am not going to shed a tear when the current San Joaquin County courthouse ceases to function as such at the end of the month.

July 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just what I don’t need: A closet expert

Sixty-one years and counting I had no idea that there are experts who specialize in advising you about the right way to hang clothes in your closet.

July 25, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Vote nears on legislature’s ‘Keep Tesla Afloat Act’

The world is coming to an end if we don't cut greenhouse emissions.

July 25, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What’s a little discomfort if you can help?

It was probably the strangest compliment I had ever given anyone.

July 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It wasn’t too long ago valley was a big lake

"The Great Central Valley of the state is under water - the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys - a region 250 to 300 miles long and an average of at least 20 miles, or probably three to three and a half million acres!" - William Brewer in his book, "Up and Down California in 1860 - 1864"

July 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


More Manteca teachers join ‘The $100,000 Salary Club’

You heard the mantra. The Manteca Educators Association (MEA) repeatedly hammered the public that they would strike if necessary in order to secure "a livable wage."

July 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s Hat Mansion will be no more

I know that this isn't going to be a popular opinion, and I'm okay with that.

July 21, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


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Cutting classes, not shaking hands & monitoring social media sites

Back in 1939 my mother - then a junior at Lincoln High of Lincoln in Placer County - and several of her friends decided to cut school ...

November 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


He was one of the good ones

I admit that I didn't know Fred Millner all that well.

November 17, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


The Golden ‘Stoner State’ isn’t all that laid back on pot

A few years back, a reporter asked Gov. Jerry Brown what he thought of the movement to legalize marijuana.

November 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want to cut weight? Count pink slips for FDA employees

In my day I could polish off an entire extra-large combo pizza - sausage and pepperoni - in nothing flat.

November 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A car is much more likely to kill you if you live in Manteca

There were 2,626,418 deaths in the United States in 2015.

November 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Taste of Ripon set in downtown area

The Taste of Ripon Wine Stroll can be a warm and romantic way to start the Christmas season in the historic Ripon business district on ...

November 13, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Safer streets: Lathrop seeks to improve sidewalks

The City of Lathrop is hoping that they'll get at least a piece of the $19.8 million of Measure K funds that is ...

November 13, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca Urgent Care opens in downtown

An urgent care center has opened its doors in downtown Manteca.

November 13, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Manteca growing to 106,308

It took the City of Manteca 67 years to reach a population of 32,000 from the time of its incorporation to 1985.

November 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


There’s a bad Apple (and Samsung) on our roads

There is perhaps another reason why Apple doesn't want police to easily access iPhones during investigations and it has nothing to do with privacy ...

November 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


High school sports taunts out of control

What is the Manteca Unified School District leadership waiting for - fist cuffs?

November 11, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The non-handshake heard ‘round the 209

By now most people have already forgotten about what happened last week between the Manteca High School Buffaloes and the East Union Lancers prior to ...

November 10, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


CPUC’s prime purpose: Protect PG&E’s profits

It's a $363.4 million question - or if a judge's recommendation holds, a $170 million question.

November 10, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Next dodo bird: Breaking bread with strangers

We are slowly becoming a hermit society.

November 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Live’ spelled backwards spells ‘evil’

What's wrong with us?

November 08, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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