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October surprise: Bureau of Reclamation water boards farmers

The Bureau of Reclamation is proving itself more than slightly inept at managing water.

March 14, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Don’t let the sour note of tragic death overshadow the sweet music of Ethaan Boyer

You never know where life will take you -or when it will end.

March 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Sierra High grad Pavao closer to $100,000 prize

If Lindsey Pavao wasn't already a household name, she certainly is now.

March 13, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Break SJ Valley’s poverty chains by pushing oil drilling in Monterey Shale

Stanislaus County. San Joaquin County, Kern County. Merced County. Tulare County. Fresno County. Madera County. Kings County.

March 12, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

You can’t fool kids. They know an angel when they see one.

There are angels among us.

March 10, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

So just what did you say?

"You know what I am going to say even before I say it Lord" – Psalm 139:4

March 10, 2012 | By MONICA CANE Faith Columnist | Local Columns

Sometimes going backwards helps you go forward

I got a call the other night from someone I consider to be my best friend…Sparky Gehres. He is an art teacher at Livingston High School. I think people down there call him "Mark" Gehres, or Mr. Gehres, or Coach Gehres. I know him as Sparky. I never see him enough or talk to him enough…but he just intuitively knows when to call, and when to keep calling until I answer. He has always known when to…not so simply…show up…to call. When each of my parents died. Those first years of teaching, coaching. Trying to ...

March 10, 2012 | By MICK FOUNTS San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools | Local Columns

The trick is to get people to see a unique value to going downtown

Sam Walton's legacy of big box retail isn't what ails downtowns in cities such as Manteca.

March 08, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca needs to set interchange landscaping standard employing xeriscape

Consultants - a genre that knows a thing or two about raising green as in big hefty fees - believe it will cost between $120,000 and $180,000 a year to maintain landscaping they envision for the new Lathrop Road and Highway 99 interchange breaking ground in the next few years.

March 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Time for government to debate control funding in a manner that makes sense

It is time to end the charade.

March 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The bigger threat: Second-hand smoke from neighbor’s yard or government edicts?

James Baker lives in Rocklin. His two kids have asthma.

March 06, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

We’re slowing flushing behavior standards down the proverbial toilet

"We all have to go. So enjoy the go." - the latest Quilted Northern toilet paper TV commercial

March 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Court edict: No right to display USA flag images on Cinco de Mayo

Afghans shoot and kill American soldiers and burn our flag and we apologize.

March 03, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Food police going after mobile food vendors by schools

The food war is heating up.

March 01, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Farmer’s persistence & innovative thinking by city workers save Mantecans $1M a year

Water in Manteca in many locations has gone soft over the past six years.

February 29, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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Rule changes keep $500K in flood insurance savings in place

Building under certain conditions in the 100-year floodplain in rural areas of San Joaquin County such as south of Manteca could result in National Flood ...

August 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Lathrop is using 20% less water

Residents of Lathrop continued the water conservation trend in July, cutting their water usage by 20 percent during one of the hottest months of the ...

August 30, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Almond milk sales soar as harvest starts

The shaking of almond trees around Manteca and Ripon as the harvest gets underway is giving the dairy industry a cow.

August 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Kaepernick is right about injustice

"People don't realize what's really going on in this country. There are a lot of things that are going on that are unjust ...

August 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Everyone pays taxes except perhaps PG&E

Wal-Mart paid $7.1 billion in income taxes during 2012 on $22 billion in pre-tax profits.

August 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The 375 families that now reside in River Islands at Lathrop are enjoying electrical rates 5 percent lower than the rest of Lathrop, Manteca, and ...

August 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Vehicle accidents - by far the most likely way a Manteca resident will get injured or suffer significant financial losses - were up 7.26 percent on ...

August 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Maldonaldo ends 7 years at SHARP helm

Marty Maldonado is replacing her captain's bars for those of a lieutenant as she steps down from the command of the Manteca Police Seniors ...

August 29, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

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