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From laughing stock to getting many things right

Dumping on government is in vogue.

October 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just who is the Big Bad Wolf in child care flap?

Karen McLaughlin is at the epicenter of what promises to develop as the next major Manteca political storm.

October 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Two pounds a week can change a lot

I scored 50 pounds of fresh harvested almonds Sunday.

October 25, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca races reflect civility & not cantankerous ways of past years

Debby Moorhead doesn't point fingers.

October 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A well-placed knee, Betty Bear & Rick Mello

Betty Bear is on a long, long hibernation.

October 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ben Cantu’s lonely crusade to encourage workforce housing

Ben Cantu was a champion of workforce housing in 2008 in his strong second place finish for the Manteca City Council.

October 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Work leaves roads a bit too rough

If you have driven by Union Road between Louise Avenue and Lathrop Road at night or during the day, chances are you have noticed something.

October 20, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


If it’s about the economy stupid . . .

Mayor Willie Weatherford has several big targets on his back.

October 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s real problem: Salaries & pension costs

Carlon Perry isn't doing the old soft shoe when it comes to what ails government.

October 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The RDA law: California’s DH rule for cities

Baseball purists abhor the designated hitter rule.

October 18, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Native Californians all have heritage tied to Mexico

I am proud of my Mexican heritage.

October 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BLD: The biggest non-issue in race for Manteca mayor

The surprising thing about the Manteca municipal election on Nov. 2 is the one issue that hasn't come up - Big League Dreams.

October 16, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The 33 men in the mine & the history of good

It is being called "75 percent science, 25 percent miracle."

October 15, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bass Pro, Costco should be last sales tax sharing deals

There are three big players in the outdoor sports world of mega-marketing - Bass Pro, Cabela's and Gander Mountain.

October 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The oil companies don’t want to do their fair share

If you're a California resident - or have a business based in the Golden State - you've been paying the equivalent of a Third World country's gross national product over the years in a bid to clean our air.

October 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Questions to dog city leaders on

The Great Dog Park Debate is back.

February 25, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The winner in the category of least gracious winner is . . .

The 87th annual Academy Awards shouldn't be confused with entertainment.

February 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Here’s to the 301 Manteca residents who would of died

There will be 301 Manteca residents who will not die by the end of this year thanks to vaccines.

February 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Job market forces pay raises at Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart workers are getting a pay raise.

February 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Central Valley Beat debuting today

"Welcome to the very first episode of the Central Valley Beat. I am Nina Frisby and…"

February 20, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


It’s Almond Blossom time! (plus more crab)

Almond Blossom Festival is here! Start your weekend right with some tasty breakfast. Ripon Grange #511 is holding its 53rd annual Almond Blossom Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 10 a.m. at the Grange Hall, 827 Ripona Ave., Ripon. Tickets for adults are $7 when purchased in advance or $8 at the door. Please call Helen at 209.599.7110 for more information.

February 19, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Family City’s can-do attitude is for Bay Area housing needs

There is no affordable housing problem in Manteca.

February 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Born to be wild: Black & white high tops

White Converse All-Star high top basketball shoes.

February 18, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca & the coming water crisis

It was a beautiful day Monday.

February 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E wants you to pay for them to profit from chargers

PG&E wants the state to give them permission to take money from you so they can make even more money.

February 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City Council posed to jack up future rents

The Manteca City Council on Tuesday is likely to vote to increase future apartment rents, make it more difficult for young people entering the workforce to rent let alone buy a home in Manteca, and widen the housing gap between the haves and have nots.

February 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A wedding is a day; marriage is a lifetime

Love is in the air. Or, I should say, marriage is in the air. For the first time in my recent memory, people I know are tying the knot left and right.

February 14, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Love is in the air as is smell of crab

The Pregnancy Help Center's annual crab feed is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Manteca Senior Center. The evening will begin with wine and cheese tasting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and feature silent, live and dessert auctions. Dinner will begin at 6:30. The menu includes salad, pesto and marinara pasta, bread and of course, marinated crab. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at www.omgpregnant.org. For more information, please call 209.640.2171.

February 12, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


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


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