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Transit tidbits: A Rose (Motel) by another name

The Rose Motel is no more. The Moffat Boulevard standard for decades has a new name: Inn by the Station. It's a nod to the fact the motel is located across the street from the City of Manteca's new $8.3 million Manteca Transit Center.

August 07, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The $8.3 million view in downtown Manteca & what to do about it

Dilapidated trailers. Debris stacked in piles. A rundown picket fence. And on some days there are more shopping carts than at a Dollar General Store.

August 07, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Founding Fathers, the SR71, the IRS, NSA & Snowden

Thirty years later, I still remember the presentation.

August 06, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Neighbors watching out for neighbors is effective crime fighting strategy

Twice neighbors have prevented me from becoming a crime victim.

August 04, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Saving the water tower: Confusing historical significance with sentimentality?

Just because something is old doesn't make it historical.

August 03, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cad of San Diego: Is he serial sexual harasser?

There was a time before color TV and princess phones that prehistoric creatures such as San Diego Mayor Bob Filner would simply be called a cad for his transgressions.

August 02, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


George H. W. Bush was right; That vision thing is pretty important

I can see these words as I type them.

August 01, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Distracted driving & speeding: Buildings fare better than pedestrians

About 12 years ago on West Ripon Road, just east of Austin Road, a dairy manure truck plowed into the front door of a home, spilling part of its contents.

July 31, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moonies, Zimmerman et al: We have nothing to fear but fear itself

She wouldn't leave me alone.

July 30, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The IRS, unlike you or I, can opt not to produce documentation

\The Internal Revenue Service has turned over less than 1 percent of the documents Congressional investigators have asked for to determine whether there was intentional targeting of political groups in the auditing process.

July 28, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Would Pilgrims slam modern farm practices?

Thank modern farming practices and other bogeyman of the environmental perfectionists such as chemicals and fossil fuels for helping provide you with 27.5 more years to protest modern farming practices, chemicals, and fossil fuels.

July 27, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What Doc Obama ordered: Full-time jobs start at 30 hours per week

What is more important - having health insurance coverage or feeding, clothing and housing your family?

July 25, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Union Ranch’s wishful thinking elementary school

Union Ranch East is in a twilight zone.

July 23, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


TRUE HERO: HENRY HOLMES

Henry Holmes III was a hero in life. He stood tall.

July 23, 2013 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


North-south high speed rail bigger gamble than casino train

So why are all bets off - at least on the federal level - with Xpress West?

July 23, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Yard sales: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure

Yard sales are usually uneventful.

September 05, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Mantecans help hurricane victims

It was a great team effort by Manteca residents for those unfortunate Texans who lost everything in Hurricane Harvey.

September 05, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Gunfire after a football game?

The Ceres High School sophomore football team must have been terrified when shots started striking the windows of the school bus they were in as ...

September 01, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Tear down fire gutted buildings in downtown

It's time to take back downtown Manteca from slumlords.

August 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Twin Tunnels, Hurricane Harvey & eco opportunists

Within minutes after it became clear Hurricane Harvey was doing a number on Houston, the Chicken Littles took to social media, were granting interviews, and ...

August 30, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Prime Now a throwback to the 1920s

Before the arrival in Manteca of the technology that experts proclaimed would change the world - telephone service invented by Alexander Graham Bell - there was just ...

August 29, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Slipping on iced over snow and unanswered prayers

About the time it was 102 degrees in Manteca on Saturday I lost my footing on iced over snow and slid down a fairly steep ...

August 28, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Soaring over Ripon on stage Saturday, Sunday

Those opting to venture to Ripon's Mistlin Sports Park this Saturday and Sunday at dawn to see hot air balloons take to the skies ...

August 28, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


EU High stages Back to School Wednesday

Raul Mora was wearing neon on Friday and for good reason.

August 28, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


L-M Fire adding nine firefighters

The Lathrop-Manteca Fire District will soon be adding nine firefighters to its ranks to staff a rescue unit that will help provide services to the ...

August 28, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


GOING THE DISTANCE

When Ray Gonzalez opened a gym in Lathrop to provide CrossFit training and power lifting to people in the South County, he knew he wanted ...

August 28, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


REDUCING SJ FLOODING

The San Joaquin River flowing between its confluence with the Stanislaus River south of Manteca to where the Old River channels splits off just beyond ...

August 28, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You may get your Big Mac patty one day from a petri dish

Marshall Dillion in Dodge City circa 2050 may have to deputize the townsfolk to deal with rowdy lab techs and ride with Chester to go ...

August 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon High: What’s in a name?

Much to my delight I woke up earlier this week and saw that a San Francisco-based social worker decided to take issue with Ripon High ...

August 25, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


2,200 student high schools: The emerging MUSD standard?

Call it "The New Math, Manteca Unified Style."

August 24, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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