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Don’t blame wildfires on climate change

Climate change means we will have more and more destructive wildfires.

October 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


An entire neighborhood gone overnight?

When I first heard about there being a fire raging through Wine Country, my initial thought was some high-end wineries were in danger of losing their harvest.

October 13, 2017 | | Local Columns


An illegal minor, abortion, & our dysfunctional immigration enforcement

How bizarre is political discourse in America today?

October 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Perhaps Page should ‘Google’ social host laws

Google, Facebook, et al say they are just conduits - much like the proverbial public square - so that they can't be held legally responsible for what transpires on the platforms they have created.

October 11, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


My George of the Jungle hike routine

Falling into a tree is one of those things I'm placing on a list of stuff I never want to do again.

October 10, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Meanwhile drunks keep on truckin’

A protest convoy of more than 300 trucks minus trailers rolling down Highway 99 from Yuba City to Fresno on Friday was designed to bring attention to the byzantine regulations governing some of the hardest and least appreciated workers on the planet - truckers.

October 07, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want affordable housing? Then bring back RDA

Voters are being asked in November to approve a $4 billion general obligation bond to pay for affordable housing.

October 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


There’s no place like home

I'm writing this piece at more than 30,000 feet above Texas on my way home to Ripon and Manteca.

October 06, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Memo to city on downtown: How about it, partner?

If you are among the 30,000 plus people heading downtown this weekend for the 33rd annual Sunrise Kiwanis Manteca Pumpkin Fair, make sure you take inventory.

October 04, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is Manteca about to get on a better growth course?

Brace yourself for a watershed event.

October 03, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to correct bad homeless move

Jeff Zellner was right. Manteca made a big mistake.

October 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Storm retention basin development push stalls

The City of Lathrop's goal of having the existing stormwater retention basin adjacent to the Save Mart Shopping Center on Harlan Road developed appears to be stalled.

October 02, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Ripon emergency vehicle car show Saturday

It's been 27 years since the Ripon Police Department and the Menlo Park Police Department first started hosting their annual emergency vehicle car show in the community center park on Fourth Street – highlighted with most of the vehicles driving through city streets with red lights and sirens.

October 02, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop may make water conservation rules permanent

The City of Lathrop was diligent in taking steps to meet the State of California's mandated water reductions when the state's most recent drought hit its peak last year.

October 02, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Motorist dies in collision

An elderly motorist was killed and two others received moderate to minor injuries in a Saturday evening T-bone collision in the 200 block of North Union Road just north of West Center Street.

October 02, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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Increasing safety for pedestrians & bicyclists

The most significant investment in pedestrian and bicycle safety could be made as part of the Union Road and 120 Bypass interchange upgrade.

December 04, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca firefighters mentor be.tech students

There's definitely excitement for high school ROP students in the Career Technical Education classes assigned to fire stations in Manteca as they shadow firefighters ...

December 04, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


4 LANES FOR MAIN?

During an October workshop the public made it clear - they want four travel lanes on Main Street.

December 04, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


1997: Manteca hires Halford as police chief

10 years ago

December 03, 2017 | | Local Columns


Our ex-presidents’ insincere praise of ‘American generosity’

All five living former Presidents recently came together at a benefit concert for victims of this year's devastating hurricanes. A month earlier, they broadcast ...

December 03, 2017 | | Local Columns


Shop, enjoy holiday cheer during 2-day park event

In the mood to sip Santa's Irish coffee or a Christmas peppermint cookie drink while browsing crafts, clothing and other vendors while browsing for ...

November 29, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Museum to host open house with visit from Santa Claus

It's Christmas in Manteca Sunday at the downtown museum, where memories of past happy yuletides will come flowing back for those who enjoyed the ...

November 29, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Container yard gets go-ahead for construction

If you build it, they will come.

November 29, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


RUN NOT DONE

Rina's Run may have run its course.

November 29, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Steady rise in Ripon Unified’s enrollment

Ripon Unified's enrollment figures continued its steady rise during the early parts of the 2017-18 school year.

November 29, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Forensic pathologist slams county sheriff

Sheriff Steve Moore is fighting to retain his favorable stance with the San Joaquin County voters seven months before reaching out in an upcoming election ...

November 29, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Bullying laws need context instead of just harsh penalties

Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. The following column first appeared on June 7, 2014

November 28, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon Unified keeps board meetings at council chambers

In recent years, the Ripon Unified school board has conducted most of its monthly meetings in the Council Chambers.

November 27, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Ripon starts season with tree lighting

The Ripon Christmas tree lighting ceremony kicks off the Christmas season in Ripon on Thursday, Nov. 30, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Veterans ...

November 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Firefighters’ feast included smoked turkey

It was a "smoked Thanksgiving turkey" that got the raves at Manteca's Union Road fire station Thursday from family members. The cooks, however, didn ...

November 27, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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