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Donner Party would have tough time understanding our fears today

The Donner Party came to California 170 years ago.

November 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Miracle on Moffat Boulevard

Moffat Boulevard 20 years ago was what might politely be called a pigsty.

November 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will the real Donald Trump please stand up?

Politicians usually try to look like they're keeping their campaign promises, at least until they get sworn in. Only then do they start mumbling about changed circumstances and the difficulty of dealing with Congress (even if their party controls Congress, as Donald Trump's does).

November 23, 2016 | | Local Columns


About that ‘vile’ place we call Manteca

If you go to certain select websites that hammer away incessantly over hot topic issues such as the homeless in order to draw clicks for page views so they can pocket money from advertisers, you will read how Manteca is one of the cruelest communities on the face of earth.

November 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Masseuse charged with sexual assault against a woman

A Manteca woman in her mid-50s claimed she was sexually assaulted Friday evening at the Angels massage parlor in the 1100 block of East Yosemite Avenue by a male masseuse. The parlor is located in a strip of shops on the south side of Yosemite Avenue facing north.

November 21, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Collection blitz yields 559 turkeys

The 375-year-old American tradition of sharing the bounty of the harvest is being kept alive in Manteca.

November 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


HARD WORK PAYS OFF

Melvin Kauffman goes to work four days a week at Delta A/C Supply in Lathrop. His day-to-day routine is mostly desk work such as opening the mail. And once in a while, he gets his truck loaded up with products ordered by customers and delivers them to the construction site.

November 21, 2016 | By ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Local Columns


First class of at-risk teens set for academy

There's a new lesson plan for underachieving at-risk 16 to 18 year olds.

November 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


9 vying for 2017 Almond Blossom title

Candidates for the upcoming 2017 Almond Blossom Queen Contest gathered Saturday morning to hear what is going to be expected of them prior and during the three day festival on the last weekend of February.

November 21, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


The 900-pound gorilla imperiling Manteca City Council members

The Manteca City Council election is almost over.

November 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Never talk politics when you’re getting your hair cut

These are dangerous times we are living in.

November 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Attention Millenials: Deal with it

I saw a meme on Facebook last week that showed a bunch of twentysomethings blocking a freeway with the caption "this is what happens when you give kids trophies for losing."

November 17, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Just how ‘healthy’ is state’s rainy day fund?

Say what you want about Jerry Brown - and there's a lot to say about his one track mind on high speed rail as well as his Twin Tunnel religion - but the governor has nailed it again when it comes to prudent budgeting.

November 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California: A real true purple state

My infatuation with California is barely eclipsed by my love of the United States of America.

November 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Molotov cocktail the state is tossing

The State Water Control Board's 3,500-page plan to dismantle the Northern San Joaquin Valley economy in a bid for a net gain of 1,000 more salmon holds water about as well as a sieve.

November 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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The wild streets of Manteca

It is 2:20 p.m. Friday.

December 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘High Speed Rail Engine That Could’

It's coming down the track whether you like it or not.

December 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Raiders get good as they’re ready to leave

If you're a fan of the Oakland Raiders, you should probably stop reading this right now.

December 16, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


What if OID & SSJID had built New Melones?

Is New Melones Reservoir as completed in 1980 bureaucratic overkill?

December 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tweet this: ‘The sky is falling down’

If Chicken Little was real and alive today he'd be dead from a massive coronary within 15 minutes of surfing the Internet as cable ...

December 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Christmas isn’t always a happy time for all

This column has been plagiarized.

December 14, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


Destroying the 209 to ‘save’ salmon

The strategy of the "regulatory-environmental perfectionist-Los Angeles water complex" is clear: Hammer the Northern San Joaquin Valley back into the Stone Age in order to ...

December 12, 2016 | | Local Columns


Dan Petersen, ‘The Last Light’ & life itself

There are only a few items on my walls at home: Two framed posters from Death Valley, a photo of Cloud's Rest along with ...

December 12, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hutto, Orlando take oath tonight

Caroline Hutto and Christina Orlando will take the oath of office when the Ripon Unified school board convenes tonight.

December 12, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Uecker on tap for Ripon mayor post

Dean Uecker is scheduled to become the next mayor for the City of Ripon.

December 12, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Lathrop leaders nix jump for City Hall fees

The cost of living in the Northern San Joaquin Valley is going up.

December 12, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


SOUNDS OF THE SEASON

Three Christmas musical treats - one by Del Webb at Woodbridge residents and two offered through the combined efforts of St. Paul's United Methodist Church ...

December 12, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SSJID: Look at the data

Spawning adult salmon on the Stanislaus River - the linchpin of what irrigation districts within the Northern San Joaquin Valley describe as a massive water grab ...

December 12, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s $16.1 million pool dilemma

As a policy document the new City of Manteca Parks and Recreation master plan is flawed big time.

December 10, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Congressional Act of 2016 To Save California

Drive Interstate 5 south toward Los Banos and veer west toward the Pacheo Pass.

December 09, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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