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Preschoolers’ stolen tricycle has happy ending

LATHROP – This is a story about a thief stealing something near and dear to the hearts of several preschoolers.

March 06, 2013 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

Ready to start the path to unisex school restrooms?

Ready to get confused?

March 05, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Aiding fraud: It’s what Uncle Sam seems to do well

It's only $1.18 a month.

March 05, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

First responders risk life & limbs every day

When the first responders – firefighters, policemen and other emergency personnel – rushed to the twin towers of the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the main thing on their mind was to save lives. That's what these brave men and women are trained to do. That's their mission. Tragically, on that fateful day, the price they paid was their lives.

March 04, 2013 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

Why require some hospitals to withstand an unlikely quake?

It's the $110 billion question plus financing costs: How likely is a 7.0 Richter scale earthquake in Manteca or places like Alturas in Modoc County?

March 03, 2013 | | Local Columns

Almonds: One & a half trees a year is all growers ask

That wonderful elixir of almond blossoms filling the air these days is the scent of spring to many.

March 01, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Going from nation of risk takers to sue-happy nation

A baseball fan turns away from the action at a minor league game in Idaho to chat with a friend. Suddenly, the crowd around him starts yelling. He turns back toward the field and is hit in the eye with a foul ball. Ultimately he loses vision in the eye. He sues.

February 28, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Growing wrong way means Manteca can dig itself into long-term financial hole

Manteca is growing itself to death.

February 27, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Penalizing those who obey laws to go after those who break laws

How do you fight lawbreakers?

February 26, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The SJ Valley awakes from winter slumber

There is something delightfully sinful about jogging this time of year.

February 25, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Walking the parade route – before and after – was a new approach for me at writing a column about the Almond Festival on Saturday. You have to admit I had the best seat in the house, never stopping longer than to chat for a few minutes with old friends, or those folks I had never met. After all, a friend is often only a smile and a handshake away.

February 24, 2013 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

The new math: 49 + 29 = fewer full-time jobs

A side effect of more healthcare insurance coverage is becoming painfully apparent - a less robust economy for those struggling to stay afloat.

February 24, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Potomac myth: More taxes are good for economy

Taxes - according to more than a few folks in positions of power - stimulate the economy.

February 22, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

A way Manteca can help homeless & clean up the city

Manteca's panhandling ordinance is a bust.

February 21, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Are the rich different? Check out their closets

"Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me." - a line written by Scott Fitzgerald in the 1926 short story, The Rich Boy

February 20, 2013 | | Local Columns

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Ripon nails 6 for illegal fireworks

Since the enactment of the new ordinance, the Ripon Police Department was able to spring into action and issue several citations to those found to ...

September 24, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Lathrop getting into cell towers

The City of Lathrop doesn't like the idea of somebody building a communication tower in their right of way.

September 24, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Del Webb gearing up for car show

It's the 2016 Rods, Roadsters & Cruising Cars car show.

September 24, 2016 | | Local Columns

Absentee landlords & downtown Manteca

For years, Manteca civic leaders have slammed absentee landlords for making it next-to-impossible to get any traction downtown.

September 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca: Has it lost it’s mojo?

Not one, not two, but three Manteca City Council members Tuesday lamented how Tracy - and Lathrop to a lesser degree - was kicking Manteca's proverbial ...

September 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

San Francisco is helping ‘kill’ river salmon

Environmental Defense in February of 2005 noted 85 percent of the 260,000 acre feet of water San Francisco takes from the Tuloumne River watershed ...

September 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

For you, my love

A love lost with the passing of my wife? No way. Mary Lou is still by my side.

September 19, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


The days of Manteca Unified teachers and administrators communicating with parents almost exclusively with notes or flyers has gone the way of the slide rule.

September 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca: Reliance on SSJID water growing

Manteca's municipal water fortunes will become more and more reliant on how well the South San Joaquin Irrigation District protects and manages its water ...

September 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Rules proposed for Manteca’s new dog park

Manteca's dog park - due to open by the end of November - won't be a free-for-all.

September 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Ripon ups water saving goal to 30%

Ripon will set its water conservation goals at 30 percent.

September 19, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Stockton beats Modesto but even so . . .

Stockton is the Rodney Dangerfield of California cities.

September 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca has less than stellar record of being water visionaries

Manteca municipal bureaucrats like to point with pride of the city being farsighted enough to secure surface water supplies to blend with well water to ...

September 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Accusing Brown of ‘mansplaining’ when he’s acting like the only adult

Can we stop the political posturing for one day and act like adults?

September 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Colleges don’t need coddling, indoctrination

I remember Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1975 well.

September 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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