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Ripon Farmers’ Market: Working together

Last year, the Ripon City Council explored the idea of developing a farmers' market in our historical downtown sector. The plan was to collaborate with downtown businesses, farmers' market vendors and the community to revitalize our downtown businesses. Unfortunately, due the multitude of regulations and to a late start, it was decided to postpone it until this year.

May 28, 2010 | By CHUCK WINN Mayor of Ripon | Local Columns


If that is what a hippie Republican is, then I‘m guilty as charged

The caller didn't waste any time.

May 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Here is a bit of unsolicited advice for Class of 2010

It's pomp and circumstance time again.

May 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A day in Manteca: Me & my shadow on various assignments

It was probably the best single learning experience of my life when a city editor in Southern California called over to me when I returned from a meeting saying I had 20 minutes to give him a 12-inch-long story on the city council meeting.

May 26, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


SSJID: 101 years of making the right moves

Men driven by a vision of bringing prosperity to the sandy plains on the southeast edge of the Delta have put Manteca and its neighbors in Ripon and Escalon in one of the strongest positions in California when it comes to water and power.

May 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Panhandlers: When do you trust them?

Off and on for the past few weeks two different couples have taken a position at the stop sign where Hulsey Drive meets Commerce Drive by In-N-Out Burger. I'd come across them while making my daily Jamba Juice run

May 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Growth fees & those who keep crying wolf

Should growth pay its own way?

May 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fisher masters public speaking

One story assignment last week went into greater depth than I expected and left me in awe at the direction life has taken one Ripon resident who loves people and farming almost equally and has become an outstanding public speaker and criminal interviewer.

May 21, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Backing off on environmental perfection

It will go down as a landmark decision.

May 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Doing wheelies wasting time?

Austen Nunes is Manteca's undisputed wheelie king.

May 16, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Legislature protects corporations while sticking it to small guys

Decades of lip service, adding on programs and regulations willy-nilly to appease special interest groups whether they are corporate campaign contributors or advocacy groups, and the use of accounting mirrors and borrowing in advance against revenues are about to come to a head.

May 15, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Those 5,800 crosses represent the men who died for our freedom

A contingent of new American citizens – Assyrians who fled the repressive regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq to settle in Turlock – will be present for the three-day Memorial Day Weekend commemoration in Manteca at Woodward Park.

May 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stock market isn’t the only thing in free fall these days

The guy looked to be perhaps 17, if that old. There was nothing unusual at first: Oversized pants about 10 sizes too big, baseball cap on backwards, and tent-sized T-shirt. It was the typical "I'm-making-my-statement" uniform of a teen kid who is much more copycat than original.

May 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Our tendency to vote against people

When Barack Obama arrived at the Oval Office after being sworn in as president, he found that he had been left three gifts from his predecessor.

May 13, 2010 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


An amazing invention helps control your dog

There's a wonderful, inexpensive device that can make you a responsible dog owner. It's called a leash.

May 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Builders eager to start 194 new homes

Two builders are eager to take advantage of the booming Manteca new home market.

January 18, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Queen hopeful seeks career in ag education

Megan Harlan is aiming for a career teaching agriculture.

January 18, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


U-Haul leads to suspects

A U-Haul moving truck, reportedly used in two Lathrop burglaries and others in Manteca and Modesto, was located in the 200 block of Wawona Street ...

January 17, 2016 | | Local Columns


MANTECA FENCE WAR

Do as we say and not as we do.

January 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop delays big water rate hikes for now

Whoever the Lathrop City Council appoints as their next member won't have much time to acclimate before making a decision that will affect every ...

January 16, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Miss Manteca sings Youth Focus praise

Liana Bassett was quite shy before she joined the ranks of Manteca Youth Focus in 2010.

January 16, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Almond Blossom Festival honoring SSJID & water

Eight queen hopefuls presented speeches Thursday night honoring the South San Joaquin Irrigation District whose general managers – past and present – will serve as grand marshals ...

January 16, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Hey, dude! That’s not my cup of tea

"Dude! It's cold. Shorts?"

January 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


LOUISE ROUNDABOUT

Get ready for Manteca's first roundabout on a major arterial.

January 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Please, officer, take my pot

It was a call that Manteca Police Sgt. Chris Mraz had gotten before: Please come take my marijuana plants.

January 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon hands July 4th events to chamber

The Fourth of July now belongs to the Ripon Chamber of Commerce.

January 15, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Lathrop seeks state OK on levee plans

In less than six months construction within Lathrop's 200-year flood plain can grind to a screeching halt.

January 15, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Queen hopeful aims for West Point

West Point is the number one option for Ripon Almond Blossom Queen candidate Mireya Garcia, 16, once she graduates from Ripon High School.

January 15, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Groundwater & surface water: Double trouble from Twin Tunnels

Go out by Costco in Manteca off the 120 Bypass at Airport Way and start digging.

January 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


2 hit in gang-related shooting

A suspected gang-related shooting saw two men gunned down Wednesday evening about 6:43 p.m. in the 500 block of Harding Avenue north of ...

January 14, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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