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Why you never see talking Geckos on Manteca’s streets

Here are some Ripley's Believe It Or Not amazing facts from the streets of Manteca.

September 23, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bad things can lead to good things

My friend Jerry could be a character out of a Stephen King book.

September 23, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


I wrote the book on first date disasters

First dates and disasters are one in the same for me.

September 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Future school sites = fiscal mismanagement

Did you know the Manteca Unified School District has five parcels of property for future school sites? If the district does not develop the properties within a few years, it pays a penalty to the state for removing the property from the property tax stream. So, what are we doing? We are placing a bench on the properties and calling it a roadside rest stop which is considered developing the property.

September 19, 2009 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


Meth for Clunkers: It could be fed’s next big giveaway

NEWS ITEM: Fresno County authorities have arrested a man they say tried to trade his 74-year-old father's Lincoln for $50 worth of crack cocaine.

September 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SSJID retail power will help agriculture survive & thrive

Manteca's city leaders may not have realized it but when they took a vote Tuesday night to support South San Joaquin Irrigation District in their bid to replace PG&E as the retail power provider for Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon they endorsed a plan that will help agriculture survive and thrive in the South County.

September 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moorhead puts greater good above emotions

Debby Moorhead's decision to join the rest of the Manteca City Council in backing South San Joaquin Irrigation District in the agency's bid to replace PG&E as the retail power provider in Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon could not have been easy.

September 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Growing into high school & new friends

The high school experience can be tough on freshmen.

September 15, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


When the pigeons come home to roost you’d better watch out

Gina M. Roos had every right to be upset after her recent experience at the East Yosemite Avenue McDonald's in Manteca.

September 14, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


REFLECTING ON SEPT. 11, 2001

With Friday's eighth anniversary of 9/11, it was time once again to ask the annual question: where would we be, had the attacks never taken place?

September 14, 2009 | FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Temple of Doom takes $2B away & gives us 17,000 convicts in return

In a twist on standard benevolence from those in a superior position the California Legislature taketh away and the California Legislature giveth.

September 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We all pay a big price for brazen shoplifting & even soda thievery

I always thought I would make a good loss prevention officer in a retail store, because everything seems to happen right in front of me.

September 13, 2009 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Ethics? They don’t need no stinkin’ ethics to follow in Sacramento

Isn't the name "California Assembly Ethics Commission" an oxymoron?

September 12, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca memories & musings

Thinking of events, times and places led to some of those people in my past that deserve a little recognition, so here goes.

September 12, 2009 | By JACK SNYDER Manteca Columnist | Local Columns


You may soon pay for PG&E’s negligence

PG&E is about to make you pay for their negligence.

September 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Manteca: From belly dancers & Look magazine to a horse in bar

I became a Manteca resident 24 years ago this week.

February 12, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca comic on stage in Modesto

They call it the green room.

February 11, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Time to talk with people and not just talk at them

There are 23,000 students in Manteca Unified.

February 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s invisible homeless

She was a young lady, perhaps in her 20s.

February 10, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The ultimate one-stop business for Manteca

Bert Fuller was fuming.

February 08, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. . .

Manteca, I love thee for . . .

February 07, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mayor’s levee idea has merit for Manteca

Manteca's future is much too important to leave in the hands of engineers and textbook planners.

February 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hudson gets past another Idol round

Maddy Hudson already earned her ticket to Hollywood.

February 06, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Two cents of advice pays huge dividend

Joanne Jamerson is a vibrant, engaging, caring, thoughtful, classy, and wise lady.

February 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Working toward the old Jason

I had reached the tipping point.

February 04, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


It doesn’t matter if it’s not soccer or baseball

It doesn't take a high-paid consultant to tell you where the next community park is going in Manteca so why bother with a park master plan?

February 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


EU GRAD’S KILLER

Do you want a killer on the streets?

February 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Refrigerator weather prelude to repertoire of spring’s colors

Early February in the Northern San Joaquin Valley can drive you crazy if you let it.

February 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Government is killing fish to save them

Ready for the ultimate fish fry?

February 01, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bullying: Drain is doing it herself

It's only fitting to start your diatribe about how racist the school system is by making a racist statement of your own.

January 31, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


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