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A sure thing set aside to go after Great Wolf deal

How Great Wolf Resorts came knocking on Manteca's door three years ago is the result of what Manteca Mayor Willie Weatherford might describe as a blown opportunity.

October 18, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The story of ‘The Good Capitalist’

Toni Raymus isn't a writer by trade.

October 17, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Does growth or existing Manteca residents ‘pay their own way’?

Here's a shocker. Unless you own a home that has an assessed taxable value of $825,000 you aren't paying enough property taxes to cover the City of Manteca's cost of extending day-to-day services ranging from police and fire protection to parks and street maintenance for a household of three people.

October 16, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


School’s out for a week: Let the learning begin

School was out Monday. It was the start of the week-long fall break for Manteca Unified.

October 15, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want to kill a federally protected eagle? Place a wind turbine on the Altamont Pass

Want to see what green hypocrisy looks like?

October 14, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Federal follies: We’re going to pay for bonus vacation time

Federal employees are different from you and I.

October 11, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Biggest threat to Manteca Kaiser Hospital is quake safety overkill

The clock is ticking for the Manteca Kaiser Permanente Hospital.

October 10, 2013 | | Local Columns


About that fun relative named ‘pain’

Pain is relative.

October 09, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What rules? City of Manteca has no need to enforce no stinking rules

There is a private firm recycling e-waste Oct. 18-19 in the parking lot near Kohl's.

October 08, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will CEOs of today undo what Henry Ford help create?

Henry Ford is the man.

October 07, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Maxwell Smart would love the wearable tech

There he was.

October 05, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What shutdown? We have zombie government

We do not have a federal government shutdown.

October 04, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam doing its stepchild city named Stockton a big favor

Why does Uncle Sam care more about Detroit than Stockton?

October 03, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


They have the worst handicap of all — no heart

The late model blue Toyota Camry flipped a semi U-turn to take the parking space near the front of the Main Street SaveMart in Manteca.

October 01, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified Future Ed: Where learning has a purpose

Jason Messer was clear on one point.

October 01, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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One drink could cost teen driver 10 years

Superior Court Judge Richard Vlavianos laid down the law to Ripon High's junior and seniors.

March 27, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Ripon council meets to work out details for spring collection

The Ripon City Council has called for a special meeting on Tuesday, in part, to hammer out details on the residential large item pick-up program.

March 27, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Blockbuster success: Four classes a term in high schools

Minutes add up under block scheduling.

March 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


GOLDEN BEAR GROWS PHYSICALLY

When Bobby Ismail was an athlete at Downey High School he spent his fair share of time at a physical therapy clinic near the Modesto ...

March 27, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


GOAL: ID TRUCK ROUTES

Manteca wants to keep on trucking when it comes to landing distribution centers.

March 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The joy of a $1.69 flyswatter

It doesn't take too much apparently to make me happy.

March 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fix family van before buying the Ferrari

What would your spouse think if the plumbing was leaking from your second floor bathroom and your home's aging sewer pipes were corroded to ...

March 25, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Parking lots & living in civilization

What ails America can be found in a parking lot.

March 24, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Get ready for $2,000 a month apartment rent

This is going to sound a tad blasphemous, but here goes: But why does Sacramento worry about affordable housing to the point they mandate cities ...

March 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Park projects don’t have to take 99 years

Manteca's new dog park and adjoining sidewalk along Eucalyptus Street might have been built for at least 20 percent less than the $235,000 ...

March 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why are things the way they are in Manteca?

"People get the neighborhood they want."

March 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


They may call 2017 pickups primitive 52 years from now

Remember the good old days when pickup trucks were cheaper than cars and defined the terms "basic" and "Spartan"?

March 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop council may cut $24,000 a year deal with chamber

The City of Lathrop has long positioned itself as a "business friendly" community.

March 20, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Water battle is now going underground

There are over 500 wells pumping water from the same source - the Eastern San Joaquin Groundwater Sub-Basin.

March 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca High teens spread safety word

They took their message of promoting safe driving Thursday to Sequoia Elementary School.

March 20, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


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