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Federal workers crying foul over pay hike freeze

It is "a slap at working people …. To symbolically hit at federal employees I think is just wrong." - American Federation of Government Employees President John Gage's reaction to President Barack Obama's proposal to freeze federal wages for two years

November 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Michael C. Ford, The Doors, and poetic musings about San Joaquin Valley

The name Michael C. Ford will probably ring a bell to not just a few Manteca Unified School District students who were in elementary and high school during the mid-to-late 1980s. Those were the years when the award-winning spoken-word artist did stints as a poet-in-residence at Brock Elliott School, Manteca High and other campuses in the district.

November 29, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Kiwanis: Nearly 60 years of fun & unselfish community service

Service club members representing nearly 90 years of service in the community through two Manteca Kiwanis Clubs have made history through their devotion and volunteerism since 1952, and it is history missing from print.

November 29, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


El Rey: It’s demise was as splashy as its 38-year run

I never had the pleasure of watching a movie in Manteca's grand dame of entertainment that was known as the El Rey Theatre.

November 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


High speed rail to San Jose can change Manteca

Think about it: Manteca to San Jose in 50 minutes on a commute day.

November 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s economic future is distribution not high tech firms

There was a time when those in the valley believed the way out of the economic wilderness was high-tech.

November 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Commuting couple gave up Bay Area paychecks for family

My cell phone rang this past week with an excited call from a friend who manages the AAA office in Manteca. She was telling me that her company had just come out with a new community service for its customers – an immediate replacement of a car damaged in a traffic collision.

November 26, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


McNerney leaves SJ County high & dry on water issues

Jerry McNerney had just been recently elected to Congress in 2006.

November 25, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Peace officer counts life’s blessings

Giving thanks for 30 days on Facebook in written meditation is the result of a peace officer looking for a silver lining every day.

November 25, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Get ready for yet another immigration ballot initiative

Here's a new one in the never-ending battle over illegal immigration: There is now a fear the infamous Arizona law will prompt illegal immigrants and drug traffickers from Arizona to relocate to California.

November 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Thanksgiving is time to reflect on our family’s good fortunes

The holidays officially kick off on Thursday.

November 24, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Like it or not, Manteca is going to keep on trucking

• Lathrop Road is already a designated truck route.

November 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CPUC getting tough with PG&E two years later

Hiram Johnson - the reform minded governor from the early 20th century - would be disgusted with what the government oversight commission he helped create to keep corrupt railroads in line has morphed into.

November 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dirty air isn’t just a problem for ‘red’ California

Earthjustice is pressing the federal government to enforce its rules when it comes to clean air attainment for the San Joaquin Valley.

November 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Something to keep in mind during season of thanks

"God must really love poor people because, otherwise, he would not have made so many." - Fifteen words that Abraham Lincoln scholars contend the Great Emancipator never said but are attributed anyway by many to the 16th President of the United States

November 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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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


SUPER SURPRISE

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


GETTING SERIOUS

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


Lathrop seeks replacement for council

Have any interest in serving on the Lathrop City Council for a brief term to see whether you're ready to commit to a full ...

January 12, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Queen candidate: Ripon perfect place to grow up

Ripon Almond Blossom Queen candidate Claire Wever, 16, has her heart set on teaching.

January 12, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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