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Lathrop-Manteca Fire District budget tops $9.5 million

Things are changing for the Lathrop-Manteca Fire Protection District.

July 31, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Snow lingers but conserving water is ongoing concern

It looks like early June on the slopes of the 11,459-foot Sonora Peak - the farthest point eastern point on the Stanislaus River watershed that eventually sends water through Manteca and Lathrop faucets and to farms for irrigation via SSJID canals.

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Board OKs longer time for public comments

Leo Bennett-Cauchon is no stranger to the lectern at a Manteca Unified Board of Education meeting.

July 31, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


WENT FROM 60 TO 660

Carlon Perry - a former Manteca mayor who led the effort to secure a permanent home for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6311 and to increase membership 11-fold - is stepping down as post commander today at noon.

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DOUBLING 120/99 FLOWS

Capacity for traffic transitioning between the 120 Bypass and Highway 99 heading to and from Ripon would double in volume under a Caltrans plan.

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rocky the Squirrel & transgenders

I was stunned.

July 29, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A way Manteca can step up the pressure on illegal fireworks users

Manteca needs to double down in its battle against the proliferation of illegal fireworks.

July 28, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


From basement to penthouse

The first time I had jury duty – and the only time that I was ever called back to actually speak before a judge prior to voir dire – was the summer after I had turned 18.

July 28, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca fiddles while abandoned buildings burn

Is Manteca burning?

July 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why downtown Stockton? The $308M question

I am not going to shed a tear when the current San Joaquin County courthouse ceases to function as such at the end of the month.

July 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just what I don’t need: A closet expert

Sixty-one years and counting I had no idea that there are experts who specialize in advising you about the right way to hang clothes in your closet.

July 25, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Vote nears on legislature’s ‘Keep Tesla Afloat Act’

The world is coming to an end if we don't cut greenhouse emissions.

July 25, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What’s a little discomfort if you can help?

It was probably the strangest compliment I had ever given anyone.

July 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It wasn’t too long ago valley was a big lake

"The Great Central Valley of the state is under water - the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys - a region 250 to 300 miles long and an average of at least 20 miles, or probably three to three and a half million acres!" - William Brewer in his book, "Up and Down California in 1860 - 1864"

July 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


More Manteca teachers join ‘The $100,000 Salary Club’

You heard the mantra. The Manteca Educators Association (MEA) repeatedly hammered the public that they would strike if necessary in order to secure "a livable wage."

July 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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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


Yard sales: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure

Yard sales are usually uneventful.

September 05, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Mantecans help hurricane victims

It was a great team effort by Manteca residents for those unfortunate Texans who lost everything in Hurricane Harvey.

September 05, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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