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Homeless: A holistic approach

Smash an anthill, and ants will start scattering. Not only will they plague other areas of your yard where they weren't before but nine times out of ten they will eventually return and rebuild the anthill.

August 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca events: From Tactical Tacos to CERT Cruisin’ Car Show

Tacos for a good cause! The Tactical Tacos fundraiser is being held on Friday, Aug. 8, to benefit the Manteca and Ripon Tactical Officers Association at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, from 6 until 11 p.m. For $30 you'll get tacos, two drink tickets and a chance to win door prizes. Plus you can win a firearm or tactical gear in a raffle!

August 07, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns

Nature, not man, is in control of our climate

Smoke hung over Yosemite Valley Sunday.

August 07, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Bell sounds start of new Zombiegeddon

The zombies are back.

August 06, 2014 | | Local Columns

Contends school board ‘lying’ about bond

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

August 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Dress codes & the fall of civilization

The good old days.

August 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The cherished freedom of voting

I was almost embarrassed.

August 02, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Local Columns

My mom would be a felon in today’s world

It is now a crime in America to let a 7-year-old boy walk a half mile by himself to the park.

August 01, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Prouty: Woman of courage, great storyteller

Years ago, a woman so distraught over the passing of her husband, scaled the chain link fence of the East Union Cemetery under cover of darkness to spend the night next to her departed beloved's grave. Strange as that story may sound, she was the second one to do just that. That's just two of the many interesting – for lack of a better term – stories coming out of the pioneer cemetery since its establishment in 1872.

July 31, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

Car show, BBQ Saturday at Commons benefits fire fund

The Commons at Union Ranch (2241 N. Union Road in Manteca) is holding a Classic Car Show & BBQ on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be live music, barbecue and classic cars. All proceeds to benefit the Manteca Fire Department Chief's Foundation for the victims of fires and to provide smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to seniors. For more info go to

July 31, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns

PG&E? Lie? Now that’s a real shocker

uPG&E did not pay any taxes between 2008 and 2010 despite scoring $4.1 billion in profits. During that same time they received $1 billion in tax rebates. It was all thanks to a $79 million lobbying effort of politicians by the firm that last summer spent $10 million on a "we lost our way" advertising campaign to improve their public image.

July 31, 2014 | | Local Columns

Seelye facing conflict of interest questions

Is this a case of conflict of interest?

July 30, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

Leadership drought in curbing water use in Manteca

Manteca is leaving no stone unturned as it studies the long-term financial risks and economic viability of the Great Wolf Resort proposal to develop a 500-room resort on 30 acres of city-owned land.

July 30, 2014 | | Local Columns

Manteca board going for costly bond option?

Need new carpet?

July 29, 2014 | | Local Columns

Stanislaus unkind to the unprepared

He trudged out of the water, his shirt soaked and pulled tight around his skin, glasses and hat hanging from head. He towed a pathetic pink raft behind him, completing the look of a man who had been beaten and embarrassed by the elements.

July 26, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns

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Manteca is weeks away from a deal that will make it the top tourist destination in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

February 24, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Should I call my car Betsy?

The 1924 Ford Model "T" has finally gotten revenge.

February 23, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

City workers kill thousands of gophers

If Manteca ever needs a city mascot may I suggest the gophers?

February 22, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Making highway rest stops safer & pay their own way along I-5

Twenty-eight miles south of Lathrop where vehicle speeds start pushing into the 80s and the CHP picks off the low hanging fruit of clueless folks ...

February 21, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

People do vote for people who are like them

Louis DeArcos served as mayor of Lincoln - the Placer County town I grew up in - 27 years before California's Voting Rights Act of 2002 ...

February 19, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

If we want more police it will cost us

It's time we had honest conversations about Manteca, our needs, our wants, and our maddeningly inability to plan and then execute strategies and stick ...

February 17, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Sacramento turns farmers & businessmen into criminals

No one can serve two masters.

February 16, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Great Wolf & being crazy like a fox

If you want more services - police, firefighters, street maintenance and such - and don't want to pay more taxes then you'd best root for ...

February 15, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. . . ..

Manteca, I love thee for . . .

February 13, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

They were Googling Manteca last Friday

The Google car was in Manteca on Friday.

February 13, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Colony Oak update before board tonight

The Ripon Unified school board tonight will receive an update on the Colony Oak Elementary Modernization Project.

February 12, 2018 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Lathrop decides tonight on how to spend $6,724

The City of Lathrop has $6,724 to give away.

February 12, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Annexation will allow building of 1,592 homes

Manteca is pushing its city limits further south to Sedan Avenue.

February 12, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The annual Sunrise Kiwanis Pumpkin Fair is more than just the festival that the City of Manteca is known for every October.

February 12, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


East Union High's athletic facilities and the general campus layout get high marks.

February 12, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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