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Can Cantu help unify downtown into one voice?

Downtown Manteca needs a voice.

June 25, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

You can’t judge people by their housing type

I had been a homeowner for 12 years when I went to rent an apartment seven years ago.

June 24, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Wildflowers & sweeping vistas at Garrapata

Welcome to Paradise.

June 24, 2011 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Cantu criticizes city land deal

Dear Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

June 23, 2011 | | Local Columns

Legislature pays the price for their poor performance

"I halted a fulfilling private sector career path to enter public service. I now have to explain to my wife and daughter that we won't be able to pay the bills because a politician chose to grandstand at our expense." - Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D- Los Angeles, lamenting about forfeiting his pay for the legislature's failure to adopt a balanced budget on time

June 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

It’s heaven on earth: Summer in Manteca

The air just before dawn in Manteca during the summer is pure heaven.

June 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Impressed with postal worker & post office tour

On June 13, 2011 several special education classes from Manteca Unified schools took a walking field trip to the post office on Maple Avenue for a summer school activity. When we arrived I asked to speak to a supervisor in hopes that we would be able to take a tour of the facility. Autumn Winters spoke to me and said she would be more than happy to accommodate us.

June 21, 2011 | | Local Columns

Rumor has it: The truth about pull tabs from aluminum cans

About two weeks ago, an older man who collected recyclable aluminum cans on a daily basis was physically assaulted in the early morning hours during one of his regular rounds.

June 20, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

So you think that tip you put down is something extra for good service

A tip is a gratuity, right?

June 19, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Brown’s RDA budget trick burdens local taxpayers with bill for excessive state spending

You tell your family that it's time to live within your means.

June 18, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

If eating 2 apples a day is going to kill me, so be it

Dead man eating. That's how the public health advocacy organization known as the Environmental Working Group would probably describe me.

June 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

National winner in ‘What our Flag Means to Me’ essay contest

Editor's note: Sharyn Bloudoff, an 11th grader with Castle School (home school) and daughter of Dean and Sharyle Bloudoff was the first place winner in the high school division of the National Flag Day Foundation's 2011 essay contest "What Our Flag Means to Me." The following is her winning essay:

June 15, 2011 | By SHARYN BLOUDOFF Manteca teen | Local Columns

A possible way to keep those six firefighters

Here is the $1.2 million question: Does anyone on the Manteca City Council have the stomach to take a calculated risk to preserve municipal service levels for another year by saving the jobs of six firefighters and at least some of the 10 other municipal workers due to be laid off on July 1 in order to balance the budget?

June 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Today I’m the happiest brother in the world

It was one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen: My sister leaving UC Davis Medical Center in a wheelchair Sunday afternoon.

June 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

A tax solution that could make things a lot worse

Do you drink alcohol? Perhaps you smoke cigarettes. Maybe you drive a vehicle. Do you earn a pay check? Are you among the folks who buy items at retail stores or dine in restaurants?

June 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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Thirteen students and a teacher at Joshua Cowell School were overcome by chemical fumes Wednesday afternoon including five that were transported by ambulance to Doctors ...

January 14, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

Push to cap Mello-Roos tax in WR

Some of the same Weston Ranch residents pushing to spend as much as $3 million in Mello-Roos taxes to upgrade the community's high school ...

January 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Ripon tightens rules for legal fireworks

It'll be OK to set off the safe and sane fireworks the week before and the day of the Fourth of July in Ripon.

January 14, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Elementary school for 200 proposed

One of Manteca's biggest eyesores - and once a major enclave for illegal homeless encampments - could end up as a school campus.

January 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Citizen helps Manteca Police arrest three robbery suspects

It took Manteca Police officers only five minutes to catch up with an armed trio Wednesday night that took cash at gunpoint from the register ...

January 14, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

Stadium deals: NFL version of Powerball with superior odds

The odds of a Powerball player striking it rich are 1 in 292.2 million

January 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

From dying to thriving

Three years ago the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6311 in Manteca was on the verge of having its charter revoked.

January 13, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Now that Seuseu Alofaituli has helped the Sierra High Timberwolves win the California Interscholastic Federation Division IV State Football Championship where is he going to ...

January 13, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

$2M football field overhaul possible for Weston Ranch

It'll still be another week before residents of Weston Ranch learn whether the Manteca Unified School Board will invest more than $2 million to ...

January 13, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Manteca fire calls hit all time high in 2015

Manteca Fire responded to over 6,600 calls in 2015 reflecting a 12 percent increase over 2014 responses.

January 13, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Varelas seeks Miss Almond Blossom title

Ripon Almond Blossom Queen candidate Kylie Varelas, 16, wants to have a career as a pediatrician but first the Ripon High Junior is focusing on ...

January 13, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

Allegiant starting flights to San Diego

Come April it will be only an 11-mile "drive" that won't require using a freeway to reach San Diego from Manteca.

January 13, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

It sounds nuts but I learned a lot from the Squirrel Cage

It was at one time - in perhaps the 1930s - cutting edge as burger places went.

January 13, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca supplies Bay Area

The lawn isn't well-kept - it's manicured.

January 12, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Editor's note: For the next year, Jason Campbell will provide weekly updates on his efforts to lose weight and improve his heath. Next week ...

January 12, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

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