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Rewarding state $300M for helping kill 8 people

PG&E is paying $300 million too much for the 2,425 violations of federal and state safety rules in connection with an investigation following the 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno that killed eight people and destroyed more than three dozen homes.

April 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Two angels at Manteca High save life of teen

Amanda Buhay could have died in mid-December in a Manteca High classroom.

April 10, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

Kidney stones, hammertoes & smartphones

I miss the good old days.

April 10, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I love books. I taught myself to read at the age of 5 and haven't put a book down ever since. As a child I won several "Queen of Children's Readers" contests held at the local library, where they kept track of every book I borrowed, and several years in a row I came close to the number 300.

April 09, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns

Manteca’s next round of water use reductions

As strange as it might sound, Manteca is ahead of the curve when it comes to stepping up its game to conserve water.

April 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Making life difficult for bottom rung workers

Once upon a time in a quaint little place called California a young person between 16 and 17 years of age could get an entry level job with ease.

April 08, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Lawn wars: The battle to survive the drought

I have gone without lawns for six years.

April 07, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

$2.3 million decision needs careful thought

Manteca's elected leaders are about to spend the last $2.3 million they're likely to have for a long, long time- if not for ever - to help leverage affordable housing for the very low income and the low income.

April 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I do not view athletes as heroes.

April 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


My name is Captain Scott Souza, United States Air Force (retired), born and raised in our small town of Manteca.

April 03, 2015 | By SCOTT SOUZA Manteca resident | Local Columns

It’s time to stop destructive turf warfare between the blues & the reds

Turf warfare waged by those sporting blue and red are tearing this country apart.

April 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Little water savings can add up to big water savings

If we continue to use water like there is no tomorrow there will be no tomorrow. It's as simple as that.

April 02, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It's easy to take a sports story, give it the Disney treatment and get an entire theater full of people clapping at the end.

April 01, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Manteca’s heart needs to be healthy

Nico Tejeda is worried about Manteca's long-term health.

April 01, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Jim White walked into the theatre unannounced, starting a quiet corner conversation with Sierra High athletic director Anthony Chapman.

March 31, 2015 | James Burns | Local Columns

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Uber granted license to kill by Arizona

Uber and the gaggle of tech companies pouring money into autonomous vehicle development aren't really focused on safety first.

March 23, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca needs to raise taxes this November

The Manteca City Council needs to raise taxes - now.

March 23, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Waterparks just don’t happen

Debby Moorhead understands how things work.

March 22, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

We’re paying the price for a free ride on net platforms

The Chicken Littles are squawking like mad demanding that foxes guard the hen house known as Facebook.

March 21, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

He had no issue with pain when he was the killer

Russell Bucklew walked out on Stephanie Ray on Valentine's Day 1996 to go live with his parents.

March 20, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Informational meeting March 21 on Grand Jury

The San Joaquin County Chapter of the California Grand Jurors' Association is conducting at informational meeting on Wednesday, March 21, in Manteca.

March 19, 2018 | | Local Columns

Textbook adoption costs $2.5M

Selecting the best books to teach the 23,860 students of the Manteca Unified School District isn't a snap decision nor is it inexpensive.

March 19, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

California Connections enrolling students

California Connections Academy @ Ripon is more than a tuition-free, virtual public school.

March 19, 2018 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

ONE JOB PER $20,000

Manteca through the investment of $7.5 million in connection with the proposed Great Wolf indoor waterpark resort will create 375 fulltime equivalent (FTE) jobs.

March 19, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Crow Holdings - a firm with 15 distribution center projects in Texas and two in Southern California - is getting in on the South County warehouse boom.

March 19, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Rain sets stage for stunning Mt. Diablo views

MT. DIABLO - It was only supposed to rain Saturday.

March 19, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Does Manteca really matter in overall scheme?

Now that the Manteca City Council and the top tier of city bureaucrats are gearing up to take a victory lap over the pending Great ...

March 18, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Why Great Wolf is better catch than Amazon

So what would you rather have in your community - an Amazon fulfillment center or a Great Wolf Resort?

March 17, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

About March 14 high school brunch boycott

With all due respect to the high school students involved and the Manteca Unified administrators that brokered the deal, an alternative activity for a 17-minute ...

March 16, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Libraries: The walking dead after 22 years?

Libraries are not repositories of books.

March 15, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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