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MANTECA’S DEADMAN’S CURVE

Drive eastbound on the 120 Bypass long enough and you know the drill: Grip the steering wheel, get ready to hit the brakes, and fear for your life.

August 14, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Flap over flags: Manteca says flags are still in good shape

No red flags here.

August 14, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


RoosterJuice crows about improvements

Manteca's cozy lounge bar was locked up and put behind bars on Monday.

August 13, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


Thomas the Tank Engine versus Slick the Runaway High Speed Train

Thomas the Tank Engine was sad.

August 13, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A one, and a two: Who was Lawrence Welk?

Talk about bursting my (champagne) bubble.

August 12, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


In search of Brian’s loving family

On this heavily-traveled stretch of rural road, amid thorny bushes, broken glass and snake holes, lays a memorial for Brian Niederbrach.

August 10, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


People’s Republic of Richmond goes from soda taxes to property seizure

I am underwater.

August 10, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Comrades, are you going to next Manteca council meeting?

Question: What do the now defunct Soviet Politburo and the Manteca City Council have in common?

August 09, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lies, damn lies, and the Twin Tunnels

The Twin Tunnels propaganda is a classic case of double talk.

August 08, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


These moms are happy to have their kids back in school

Welcome back, kids.

August 08, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


City dedicates new ‘community meeting hall’

"The city isn't dedicating a transit station; they're dedicating a community meeting hall."

August 08, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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Ripon city worker benefits costs up 4.9 percent for year

Ripon City Council members are eligible for the same benefits as city employees.

November 20, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


2 Lathrop parks get rubberized playing surfaces

Lathrop taxpayers have already been enjoying new rubberized play surfaces at some of the city's most heaviest used parks thanks to proceeds from Measure ...

November 20, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Ripon tradition: Cal Crush Clydesdales rides

The sound of Cal Crush Clydesdales hoofs clicking against street pavers in downtown Ripon will return Saturday, Dec. 2.

November 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BURIED WITH HONORS

All of Manteca's fallen in World War II have now been accounted for and buried with military honors.

November 20, 2017 | | Local Columns


$112.2M PENSION SHORTFALL

Manteca's elected leaders facing a daunting unfunded pension liability could get a better handle on future debt and bring stability to city finances down ...

November 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to make alarm companies pull their weight in City of Manteca

The uproar this past week over a city coding error that sent Janis Music a $700 bill for false alarms that turned out to actually ...

November 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cutting classes, not shaking hands & monitoring social media sites

Back in 1939 my mother - then a junior at Lincoln High of Lincoln in Placer County - and several of her friends decided to cut school ...

November 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


He was one of the good ones

I admit that I didn't know Fred Millner all that well.

November 17, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


The Golden ‘Stoner State’ isn’t all that laid back on pot

A few years back, a reporter asked Gov. Jerry Brown what he thought of the movement to legalize marijuana.

November 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want to cut weight? Count pink slips for FDA employees

In my day I could polish off an entire extra-large combo pizza - sausage and pepperoni - in nothing flat.

November 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A car is much more likely to kill you if you live in Manteca

There were 2,626,418 deaths in the United States in 2015.

November 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Taste of Ripon set in downtown area

The Taste of Ripon Wine Stroll can be a warm and romantic way to start the Christmas season in the historic Ripon business district on ...

November 13, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Safer streets: Lathrop seeks to improve sidewalks

The City of Lathrop is hoping that they'll get at least a piece of the $19.8 million of Measure K funds that is ...

November 13, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca Urgent Care opens in downtown

An urgent care center has opened its doors in downtown Manteca.

November 13, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Manteca growing to 106,308

It took the City of Manteca 67 years to reach a population of 32,000 from the time of its incorporation to 1985.

November 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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