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A day in Manteca: Me & my shadow on various assignments

It was probably the best single learning experience of my life when a city editor in Southern California called over to me when I returned from a meeting saying I had 20 minutes to give him a 12-inch-long story on the city council meeting.

May 26, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


SSJID: 101 years of making the right moves

Men driven by a vision of bringing prosperity to the sandy plains on the southeast edge of the Delta have put Manteca and its neighbors in Ripon and Escalon in one of the strongest positions in California when it comes to water and power.

May 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Panhandlers: When do you trust them?

Off and on for the past few weeks two different couples have taken a position at the stop sign where Hulsey Drive meets Commerce Drive by In-N-Out Burger. I'd come across them while making my daily Jamba Juice run

May 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Growth fees & those who keep crying wolf

Should growth pay its own way?

May 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fisher masters public speaking

One story assignment last week went into greater depth than I expected and left me in awe at the direction life has taken one Ripon resident who loves people and farming almost equally and has become an outstanding public speaker and criminal interviewer.

May 21, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Backing off on environmental perfection

It will go down as a landmark decision.

May 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Doing wheelies wasting time?

Austen Nunes is Manteca's undisputed wheelie king.

May 16, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Legislature protects corporations while sticking it to small guys

Decades of lip service, adding on programs and regulations willy-nilly to appease special interest groups whether they are corporate campaign contributors or advocacy groups, and the use of accounting mirrors and borrowing in advance against revenues are about to come to a head.

May 15, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Those 5,800 crosses represent the men who died for our freedom

A contingent of new American citizens – Assyrians who fled the repressive regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq to settle in Turlock – will be present for the three-day Memorial Day Weekend commemoration in Manteca at Woodward Park.

May 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stock market isn’t the only thing in free fall these days

The guy looked to be perhaps 17, if that old. There was nothing unusual at first: Oversized pants about 10 sizes too big, baseball cap on backwards, and tent-sized T-shirt. It was the typical "I'm-making-my-statement" uniform of a teen kid who is much more copycat than original.

May 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Our tendency to vote against people

When Barack Obama arrived at the Oval Office after being sworn in as president, he found that he had been left three gifts from his predecessor.

May 13, 2010 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


An amazing invention helps control your dog

There's a wonderful, inexpensive device that can make you a responsible dog owner. It's called a leash.

May 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s between giving birth & the final bow that mothers shine bright

I'll never forget the last time I hugged Mom.

May 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mountain House: Nothing more than a big subdivision in middle of nowhere

Developers bragged Mountain House was "The Town of Tomorrow" when they broke ground at the dawn of the 21st century on the new community on the edge of the rolling Altamont Hills in western San Joaquin County.

May 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The things Mom will do for her kids

"An Animal's Prayer." A really simple title to a really short poem. But its brevity – it's only four verses, roughly a mere 20 words all together, if that – is what makes it a gem, as far as I'm concerned.

May 08, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


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Code violations: Manteca handles 2,500 annually

Scott Cunningham drove down the 400 block of California Avenue.

January 31, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Almond prices see big drop in recent months

Almond prices in California have dropped significantly in the past few months, giving environmentalists hope the slump will halt orchard plantings but experts say the ...

January 31, 2016 | AP reports | Local Columns


La Mangonada: Ice cream with a twist

Sometimes you just want ice cream.

January 31, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Taking care of business in San Francisco

I had stopped by my mom's house after finishing an eight-day bicycling trip crisscrossing the Sierra.

January 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Weston Ranch, red heads, step kids, school bonds & MUSD fairness

Red-headed stepchild.

January 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘At Least Stockton Isn’t Oakland’

Twenty-five years ago when I first moved to Manteca, one of my bicycle trips took me up Airport Way into Stockton and then Charter Way ...

January 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca USD Going Digital one year later

The Manteca Unified Going Digital effort, in order to succeed, has to be about more than just technology.

January 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Woodward Ave., ‘over planning’ & traffic safety

Walk across Woodward Avenue east of South Main Street any late weekday afternoon.

January 26, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


600 applicants for 1 job

It's not easy to become a Manteca firefighter

January 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BOND WORK STARTS

Now that work crews have started ground work on the first project in the initial wave of Measure G bond projects, the Manteca Unified School ...

January 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


FEZ master plan before planners

The next step in moving forward Manteca's much ballyhooed 210.7-acre family entertainment zone anchored by a 500-room resort with an indoor waterpark as ...

January 25, 2016 | | Local Columns


Buff cheerleaders performing at Pro Bowl

The National Football League's Pro Bowl on Sunday is something Manteca High fans can cheer about.

January 25, 2016 | | Local Columns


Five shots fired into occupied dwelling

Five gunshots were fired into an occupied home from a dark colored sedan in the 400 block of East Woodward Avenue at about 7:45 ...

January 25, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Uber doesn’t care about labor, environment, or rights of others

The Young Turks in the Silicon Valley like to brag about creating "disruptive innovation."

January 24, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Trade homeless encampments in Stockton for mini-storage units

Solving the homeless problem is a bigger challenge than inventing a perpetual motion machine.

January 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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