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The four chiefs: Hanging around after they retire & what it means

The four "chiefs" - Willie Weatherford, Charlie Halford, Dave Bricker, and Nick Obligacion - are one of the things that makes Manteca unique.

November 07, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


4 state workers net $902,000 in bonuses

Jack Ehnes, Christopher Ailman, Ted Eliopoulos, and Marcie Frost have all just received bonuses totaling $902,000.

November 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon trustees thank bond oversight board

Trustees of the Ripon Unified School District received special appreciation from the Measure G Citizen's Oversight Committee in moving forward with the Colony Oak Elementary School project.

November 06, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Manteca Unified expels 30 students suspends 2,718 during 2016-2017

Manteca Unified expelled 30 students and suspended 2,718 students during the 2016-2017 school year.

November 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fatal hit and run; shooting leaves man in critical condition

Manteca Police are investigating a fatal hit and run accident that took place Sunday evening in the 1200 block of West Lathrop Road in North Manteca.

November 06, 2017 | | Local Columns


RACING TO HELP KIDS WIN AT BOYS & GIRLS

Eric Nascimento Jr. knows how important the Manteca-Lathrop is in the lives of 1,800 kids who take advantage of the club's programs.

November 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca taxpayers won’t pay for upkeep of coming interchange landscaping

Manteca taxpayers will not be on the hook for the upkeep of landscaping within Caltrans' jurisdiction at the Lathrop Road and Highway 99 interchange that is expected to be completed in 2018.

November 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Failure to grasp ‘The Little Red Hen’ moral and $1,210 fine for illegal camping

You've probably never have met Norman Moore, but you may have seen him.

November 04, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City-school partnerships: Getting into swim of things

The City of Manteca has a swimming pool built 60 years ago when the community had a population of less than 10,000.

November 03, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SJ Valley: The land of two seasons

Is it just me, or do we live in a place where two of the seasons exist in name only?

November 02, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Gas tax is unfair as it’s basically a regressive tax

One of California's most regressive taxes became even more regressive on Tuesday.

November 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hollywood embraces instant guilt

If you have a hankering to visit Hollywood, you might want to do so soon.

November 01, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


5-seond rules, Halloween candy & poison

I do not have a five-second rule.

October 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Yosemite fee hike woefully inadequate as it is proposed

We are loving Yosemite National Park to death.

October 30, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


General plan touches on dam failures

New Melones Dam failing - a highly unlikely event - is one of the safety hazards that are outlined in the Manteca general plan designed to guide growth decisions.

October 30, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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AT LEVI WITH 49ER FANS

It's been at least a decade since I had been to an NFL football game, and that was partially by design.

December 22, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Elon Musk nails what’s ails high speed rail

"Why do we want to get on something with a lot of other people, that doesn't leave where you want it to leave, doesn ...

December 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Granny flat 2.0 affordable housing solution

It's been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

December 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Old traditions, cough drops & DHM volunteers

There is something about old traditions in families including health care remedies. Last year when winter was approaching and I was grocery shopping in Ripon ...

December 18, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


St. Vincent de Paul Society delivering 300 food baskets

Fresh from helping needing families for this past Thanksgiving, the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Manteca is gearing up to do likewise once again.

December 18, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Farmer beaten in rural Manteca home invasion

Retired Manteca area dairyman Arnold Rothlin survived a severe beating in a 2 a.m. Saturday home invasion robbery at his home on South Airport ...

December 18, 2017 | | Local Columns


Lathrop may impose temp ban on pot sales in city

The pending arrival of legalized marijuana has left many California cities unprepared to deal with the potential impacts of commercialized cannabis.

December 18, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Chiek served 26 years as Manteca officer

After serving nearly 26 years as a Manteca Police officer, Randy Chiek got the traditional send off Saturday morning with a police escort from his ...

December 18, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


SANTA NEEDS HELP

Santa's helpers need a little help this year.

December 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


$731,690 to get lead out

The plan to transform municipal land once used to grow corn for dairy cows using reclaimed wastewater into a family recreation mecca required the city ...

December 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Big tax hit on way so spend $1B on Medi-Cal for illegals

Assemblyman Phil Ting says he's concerned about how the federal tax cut proposal will end up being a tax increase for middle-class and working-class ...

December 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Andy Taylor results better than Robo Cop

Perhaps the most effective initiative undertaken by the city in the past decade to improve Manteca was the council decision 18 months ago to hire ...

December 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Climate change & the myth it is increasing number, intensity of wildfires

Christmas is 10 days away and California is burning.

December 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Social media grumblings perplexing

People are a funny bunch sometimes.

December 15, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Thirteen months & no movement on city crosswalk

Imagine, if you will, if the traffic signals at Union Road and Center Street did not function for 13 months.

December 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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