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The sweet scent of almond blossoms

The days of the stench from sugar pulp recycled through cattle in the Moffat Feed Lot are gone.

February 25, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Golf: Time to to update city’s game

Golf has changed a lot in the past 20 years.

February 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


More rooftops & paving means more flooding

No sooner had Coyote Creek overflowed in San Jose on Monday forcing 225 residents to flee knee deep water that the buzz started about how climate change is making flooding worse.

February 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We are turning smartphones into dumbphones

Smartphones are getting less and less expensive.

February 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The problem with California conceit

How high's the water, mama?

February 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fears mislead us to focus on burglaries

If you have a home security system you are likely spending $360 a year or so to guard against financial loss.

February 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


55th annual Grange Breakfast Saturday

The 55th annual Ripon Grange Almond Blossom Pancake Breakfast is Saturday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 10 a.m., at the Grange Hall, 827 Ripona Ave., at the corner of Milgeo Avenue.

February 20, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Ripon reduces water use 33% during 2016

More rain may be in the forecast but water conservation efforts are still in effect.

February 20, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Tree crushes pickup truck & workshop

What are friends for? They can ease a heavy burden that crushed and crumpled to the ground destroying valuable properties.

February 20, 2017 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Local Columns


ALMONDS TAKE SHELLING

Richard Phillips has lost nearly a hundred blooming almond trees just in the last three days. He is hoping that today and the rest of the week, there will be no repeat of Friday's strong wind that sent hundreds of the nut-producing staple all over Manteca and surrounding areas falling like sticks to the ground.

February 20, 2017 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Local Columns


WILL DON PEDRO SPILL?

The big test is coming.

February 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Levee upgrades need to go forward first

California as a civilized state is a fluke.

February 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Getting Lathrop Road onto the right path

Lathrop Road is a mess and is likely to get a loss worse.

February 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Greed: Is it factor for river flows?

Is it all a cash grab gone terribly wrong?

February 17, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


UC’s problem isn’t its police force as much as its culture

Pity a University of California peace officer, especially those assigned to double-standard campuses such as Berkeley and Davis where unrestrained free speech is reserved for those who pursue liberal causes.

February 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Manteca City Council getting ready to make $1 million mistake

There is no other way to say this.

April 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Yes, we are the land of fruits & nuts

It's the same old slam.

April 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


For whom the smartphone ring bell tolls

There are times I miss Ma Bell. For those of you under 40, that is the affectionate name that some folks had for what today ...

April 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


When things were different in Manteca

Sometimes it's easy to get swept up in the nuances of modern life.

April 14, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Brown knows how to play the ACE card

Jerry Brown is shrewd.

April 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tango lessons for the city & downtown

It takes two to tango. The same is true when it comes to picking up the pace in downtown Manteca. And it requires the private ...

April 10, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Water allocation decree signals scorched earth fish strategy

Our faucets are at the mercy of bureaucrats beholden to a New California Order where fish trump people.

April 07, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Do-gooder hurts homeless effort

Mike Kelly works hard at his job.

April 07, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Pavlov’s dogs, Manteca City Council & hiring consultants

It takes people making $260,000 in taxable purchases within Manteca's city limits to raise $13,000 via the half cent public safety tax.

April 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Get ready for the I-580 parking lot

Interstate 580 across the Altamont Pass is the canary in the mine.

April 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I have yet to come across a bear texting

Now I've seen everything.

April 04, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Taxpayers in Manteca find out council talk isn’t cheap

It's a great talk.

April 03, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop targets illegal fireworks

Those who use illegal fireworks in Lathrop will no longer have the advantage when it comes to ducking citations from police and fire personnel that ...

April 03, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


ANSWERING THE CALL

It was a spirited First Responders' Day Saturday in Ripon with a crowd of some 300 community members gathering at the Ripon Consolidated Fire Station ...

April 03, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


29 SEEK 15 POSITIONS

A record 29 people want to play a role in helping shape Manteca's blueprint for growth through 2040 when the city is projected to ...

April 03, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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