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Bad news for SJ County: There’s no new Mike Machado

The mythical Barkley family of The Big Valley - an ABC TV series that ran from 1965 to 1969 - would recognize much of the terrain of their beloved eastern San Joaquin County.

October 27, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Let’s all Occupy Wall Street-Ripon- Fresno-French Camp

I'm wrong. The Occupy Wall Street-East Hannibal-Timbuctoo-Salida-Manteca folks are right.

October 26, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The answer, my friend, to better air quality is blowing in the wind

It is a scene that happens dozens of times – if not more – each day in Manteca.

October 24, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to rethink entire McKinley Avenue strategy

McKinley Avenue could turn into the Waterloo of 1960s-style growth in Manteca.

October 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Occupy Wall Street doesn’t reflect the remaining 99%

A tear wells up in Jacqueline Siegel's eye as she tells her story to a Wall Street Journal reporter.

October 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


FALL-ING IN LOVE

"The melancholy days are come, the saddest of the year,

October 22, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Cell tower: Turn a pig’s ear into a silk purse

Travel Moffat Boulevard and you'll come across a bit of hope inspired by Manteca Councilman Vince Hernandez.

October 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Add 25 cents to first-class stamp price

The United States Postal Service lost $8 billion last year.

October 21, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam will force kids to breath dirty diesel fumes

If Uncle Sam were a real human and not just a caricature for the United States he'd be investigated for child cruelty by Children Protection Services.

October 20, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A cup of water in dark of night changed his life

RIPON - The value of life, the value of one's faith, the determination to make the world a better place and to survive and prosper despite the challenges created by polio was an awe-inspiring message delivered at Saturday's Main Street Day in Ripon's downtown.

October 19, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Justice becoming scare commodity in SJ County

Good-bye People's Court.

October 19, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tear down that wall, Mr. Weatherford

One man's junk is another man's treasure.

October 17, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


To those turning their nose up at $15-an-hour jobs

"Distribution jobs in Manteca at $15 an hour doesn't qualify as good paying jobs."

October 16, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Opposing the proposal to limit deductibility of charitable gifts

For a region still struggling with some of the worst economic conditions on record – a region that even before the economy tanked, lagged the rest of the nation in philanthropic giving – proposals by the administration and the so-called "Super Committee" to decrease the deductibility of charitable gifts are a very bad idea that could severely damage our communities and set a dangerous precedent.

October 16, 2011 | By ANDY PROKOP President & CEO, United Way of San Joaquin County | Local Columns


American success story taking shape at Louise & Main

Hope and faith - with a healthy dash of sweat - can be found on the corner of Louise Avenue and North Main Street.

October 16, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Time to elect our president as if it were 21st century

It is absurd how we elect the President of the United States.

January 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Code enforcement Del Webb style: Is it what city needs?

Del Webb gets it.

January 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Semi’ gated community

Shadowbrook - the largest new neighborhood ever to be built east of Highway 99 - will have a neighborhood park that everyone in Manteca can access.

January 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Developer fees help expand MHS campus

New home buyers in 2014-15 helped the Manteca Unified School District purchase a small parcel at 419 Moffat Boulevard for the future expansion of the ...

January 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon reduces water use 32% in December

The water conservation efforts for the City of Ripon experienced a slight dip from the previous month.

January 20, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Candidate wants career helping others

Michelle Pappas wants to work as a psychologist helping young adults.

January 20, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Be careful what you pray for when it comes to rain

Been enjoying the pitter patter of rain drops on your roof?

January 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon High grad earns promotion to sergeant

Tim Kahl, formerly of Ripon, was promoted to the rank of sergeant recently with the Chula Vista Police Department in Southern California located near San ...

January 19, 2016 | | Local Columns


The Delta Smelt more important than SJ Valley

The devastating California drought officially ended Friday for a handful of federal bureaucrats and the Delta Smelt.

January 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


STAR SPANGLED BANNER

There are a few things on my athletic calendar that I look forward to every year. One of those is the Tim Brown Memorial Wrestling ...

January 18, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


Will the city do anything about Cottage?

Take a drive down Cottage Avenue any afternoon.

January 18, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


595 Manteca water violations

Those who decided to defy water use restrictions imposed in Manteca in response to a statewide drought emergency are paying a big price.

January 18, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Builders eager to start 194 new homes

Two builders are eager to take advantage of the booming Manteca new home market.

January 18, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Queen hopeful seeks career in ag education

Megan Harlan is aiming for a career teaching agriculture.

January 18, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


U-Haul leads to suspects

A U-Haul moving truck, reportedly used in two Lathrop burglaries and others in Manteca and Modesto, was located in the 200 block of Wawona Street ...

January 17, 2016 | | Local Columns


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