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So you say you want a Manteca aquatics center

Everybody wants something.

August 04, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


From dictator to Pulitzer Prize

Surprises never cease – especially in Ripon – from the finding of a cannon ball years ago near Caswell State Park on the Stanislaus River to the surfacing of very large oil portraits of Argentinian dictator Jorge Rafael Videla and his wife two years his junior, Alicia Raquel Hartridge, in the Magpie Antique Shop on First Street.

August 04, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Stockton in the spotlight again — this time over sanctuary city controversy

For reasons that nobody can quite figure out, the Trump administration has decided to name Stockton as one of the four American cities it is targeting by withholding funds in retaliation for being a "sanctuary" for suspected illegal immigrants.

August 04, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Just what the doctor ordered: Universal car insurance

There are 218 million licensed drivers in the United States.

August 03, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca encouraging gang graffiti art along Moffat

10.08.120 Removal of vehicles authorized when.

August 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Flash floods, locking kids in cars & opioids

People need to be more paranoid.

August 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


#NoFreeSpeech is growing goal of social media

One wonders whether Samuel Clemens would have written any of his classics if social media had been around in the mid-19th century.

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Nothing says welcome to Manteca like festering blight

LAUREL TO THE CITY OF MANTECA for finally installing concertina wire on top of the fencing surrounding the air conditioning unit at the Manteca Veterans Center at 580 Moffat Boulevard.

July 31, 2017 | | Local Columns


NIMBYism isn’t the problem. It’s broken promises.

The term NIMBY - not in my backyard - is a lazy label that borders on being patronizing.

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop-Manteca Fire District budget tops $9.5 million

Things are changing for the Lathrop-Manteca Fire Protection District.

July 31, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Snow lingers but conserving water is ongoing concern

It looks like early June on the slopes of the 11,459-foot Sonora Peak - the farthest point eastern point on the Stanislaus River watershed that eventually sends water through Manteca and Lathrop faucets and to farms for irrigation via SSJID canals.

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Board OKs longer time for public comments

Leo Bennett-Cauchon is no stranger to the lectern at a Manteca Unified Board of Education meeting.

July 31, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


WENT FROM 60 TO 660

Carlon Perry - a former Manteca mayor who led the effort to secure a permanent home for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6311 and to increase membership 11-fold - is stepping down as post commander today at noon.

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DOUBLING 120/99 FLOWS

Capacity for traffic transitioning between the 120 Bypass and Highway 99 heading to and from Ripon would double in volume under a Caltrans plan.

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rocky the Squirrel & transgenders

I was stunned.

July 29, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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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


WORLD WAR I MURAL

The fifth and final installment of arguably the most ambitious mural project in the Northern San Joaquin Valley is now underway.

November 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Acorn 2.0 sprouts successfully

Physical fitness and mental sharpness go hand in hand.

November 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Black Friday: Not exactly mankind’s finest moment

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran on Nov. 28, 2002

November 24, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Since when is vigilantism the answer to problems?

Apparently, homeowners around Stella Brockman Elementary School believe that somebody in their neighborhood is trapping their cats and then releasing them outside of the city ...

November 24, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Lathrop may slash number of meetings

Could the Lathrop Planning Commission be the next governing body to cut their monthly meeting dates in half?

November 24, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Man shot in hip during drive-by

A 23-year-old male was struck in his hip during a drive-by shooting as he was walking in the 500 block of West Alameda Street Thursday ...

November 24, 2017 | | Local Columns


Making room(s) for money

Manteca's fastest growing source of municipal revenue since 2013 isn't property tax nor is it sales tax.

November 24, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


30-YEAR TRADITION

Thirty years ago, Jim Todd showed up at Northgate Park with less than a dozen people for a pickup flag football game the day before ...

November 24, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Sharing their blessings

Jeff Liotard didn't want just another community Thanksgiving dinner.

November 24, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


We all owe a tremendous debt for the gift called America

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared on Nov. 21. 2007

November 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Repeal of gas tax would shake state politics to core

The perfect storm is gathering on the horizon for another California tax revolt.

November 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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