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‘Cool’ car colors, gas powered lawn mowers & air quality

Do you drive a black car?

June 17, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Watch out, I’ve got an excuse to use chainsaw

I was upset two weeks ago when I went into the back yard and discovered a California pepper tree that had mushroomed to 30 feet in height in just five years had snapped.

June 15, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


River Islands’ epic 24-year journey to build the first home

The folks who run the 157-year-old 5omerset Holdings have the patience of Job.

June 13, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A tribute to the fallen at the new transit station & expanding library

Why are we free?

June 13, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Coming up next: Pre-Crime Police using wholesale mining of data

So you have no problem with government data mining.

June 12, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fracking vote jolts political alignments in Sacramento

Did you feel the earth shift earlier this month?

June 11, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Beggar’s story: He’s homeless, hot, hungry & hunting for job

Editor's note: Manteca City Council wants a crackdown on aggressive panhandling. The following is a story of one man who begs on Manteca's streets but considers himself a sign flyer.

June 08, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


American Graffiti: Movie resonates Modesto cruise

MODESTO – Miguel, I am your father.

June 08, 2013 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


All streets are safe until people drive on them

"There is no such thing as an unsafe road."

June 08, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


More enjoyable to embrace summer than fighting it

Finally, the heat is on.

June 07, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bicyclist goes 35 mph down sidewalk while towing a trailer

Seeing a bicyclist towing a trailer in Manteca isn't exactly something that's out of the ordinary.

June 06, 2013 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


More news from Profit Gouging & Electricity

The California Profits Upkeep Commission - formerly known as the California Public Utilities Commission - continues to do what it does best which is protecting PG&E's profits.

June 06, 2013 | By DENNIS WYATT Executive Editor | Local Columns


Trust the IRS? When did we trust the IRS?

"We must have the trust of the American taxpayer. Unfortunately, that trust has been broken." - Internal Revenue Service Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel

June 05, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want Insanity Workout? Run with 2 Dalmatians

Shaun T. - one of the late night gurus of exercise DVDs - wants you to send him three monthly payments of $39.95 to take advantage of his Insanity Workouts.

June 04, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Twin Tunnels: $24B won’t assure adequate water supplies for 25 million people

Let the distortions begin.

May 31, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Historical Society backers gather for summer social

It was a congenial mix of 220 plus Mantecans attending the Manteca Historical Society and Museum Sunday afternoon during the organization's annual barbecue and ...

September 13, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Idling, drive thru windows & SJ air quality

On a billboard heading east on 11th Street outside Tracy toward Interstate 5 you will see a larger-than-life photo of San Joaquin County Supervisor Bob ...

September 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca, where the streets are lined with mattresses (& couches)

uDARTS TO WHOEVER is leaving large pieces of furniture such as couches or mattresses in front of their homes available for others to "take for ...

September 12, 2017 | | Local Columns


Fighting crime in Manteca: Enforce property upkeep

Do you want to see a lasting reduction in drug-related crimes, property crimes, and blight?

September 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon VFW Auxiliary rolling out glamour ‘girls’

A comic fashion show is part of the Ripon Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary evening gala on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Ripon Post located ...

September 11, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Fire Chief’s Foundation car show set Sept. 23

The Manteca Fire Chief's Fourth Annual Car Show is expecting 60 entrants when it takes place Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to ...

September 11, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Snow hill coming to Library Park

It's only expected to reach 99 degrees today so that means only one thing - it's time to think about Christmas.

September 11, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


GRIFFIN PARK HOUSING

Manteca's largest ever residential development -1,532 proposed homes on 333.66 acres - builds on promises four local builders made nearly 20 years ago.

September 11, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca High may grow up

Ethel Allen could be the first new school built in Manteca Unified in more than a decade.

September 11, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


When did kids screaming in stores become OK?

I want to make it clear. Just because I'm closing in on 62 doesn't make me an old fuddy duddy. Apparently I was ...

September 11, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Case for Amazon’s next headquarters to be in Lathrop

Here's a crazy idea that in reality isn't all that crazy.

September 08, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lessons from latest felon & ex-school board trustee

There are more than a few lessons to go around from the 2014 Manteca Unified School Board election that saw two 20-somethings elected and then ...

September 08, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A bang-up Thursday is never fun

Consider this my open letter to Fiat Chrysler America.

September 08, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


City culture, saving money & the homeless

Mike Morowit was adamant.

September 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Shelley Berman, Harry Styles & who we are

"If the plural of radius is radii shouldn't the plural of stewardess be stewardi?"

September 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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