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PG&E upset $3K a year would go to kids & not them

There are grumblings from the PG&E camp that the Boys & Girls Club board has endorsed the South San Joaquin Irrigation District in its bid to takeover the PG&E retail system in Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon with the objective of reducing rates 15 percent across the board.

December 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Imagine what ruins of Manteca homes would look like in 2039

Visiting places like Bodie – the fabled eastern Sierra mining ghost town that is now a state park – makes me a bit uneasy.

December 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California must adopt specific water goals, rules

They huff and they puff over global warming, the budget, the prison system, and education.

December 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Children shouldn’t have to eat dog food

As a kid, I thought it was just weird.

December 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s worth having ice water running through your veins

I now know where the phrase "ice water running through your veins" comes from.

December 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified reduces access by cutting meetings

If there was ever a time that schools need the full support of the public it is now.

December 12, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If it tastes like chicken, then it must be rattlesnake

Sue Inglish has no problem eating wild game for supper, whether it is served indoors or outdoors.

December 12, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


No one is laughing at Manteca now

It wasn't too many years ago that Manteca was the laughingstock of the Northern San Joaquin Valley thanks to a dysfunctional city council.

December 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So long to a real hero & idol

She was a hero, an idol in so many ways that do not have anything to do with fame, fortune, or notoriety.

December 11, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Levee farther south will trigger more Manteca growth

There is a way to stop urbanization from destroying farmland to the southwest of Manteca.

December 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Auburn Dam: Better solution than Delta canal

California has a growing water problem.

December 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Maldnaldo is a Republican in the truest sense

Finally someone gets it.

December 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Gum smackers, rude clerks & dogs in stores

There are pet peeves and then there is absolute rudeness.

December 05, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Twilight parade: The chamber’s gift to Manteca

Get ready for Christmas, Manteca-style.

December 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chaka’s lucky he growled instead of pointing his finger

Call the latest mini-drama to come from the Temple of Doom at 390 Towne Centre Drive in Lathrop "The Mayoral Candidate That Growled."

December 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Modesty & consorting with retailer Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch isn't exactly a retailer known for modesty.

March 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Spaghetti dinner tonight; quilt show this weekend

The spaghetti dinner for the Jeff Gonsalez Memorial Scholarship is today from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Manteca High cafeteria. Takeout meals are available. Adults are $8 and children 12 and under $5. For tickets call April at 403.1956 or Wilma at 823.4938. Tickets are also available at the door.

March 05, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Springtime in Manteca means gophers are popping up

Capistrano has its swallows. Pier 39 has its sea lions. And Manteca has its gophers.

March 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Single family homes: All that matters in Manteca

Let's be honest.

March 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Beautiful blue eyes

Those beautiful blue eyes.

February 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Little Red Hen & Tulloch Lake

Copperopolis residents are worried sick.

February 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fish fry, JROTC dinner Friday

The FESM Fish Dinner is Friday, Feb. 27, at the FESM Hall, 240 N. Main St., Manteca with takeout from 5 to 6 p.m. The doors for the sit-down dinner open at 6 with a dinner of lingcod fish, potatoes, bread, salad, and dessert served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 6 to 12. For tickets contact Frank at 209.595.3558.

February 26, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Questions to dog city leaders on

The Great Dog Park Debate is back.

February 25, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The winner in the category of least gracious winner is . . .

The 87th annual Academy Awards shouldn't be confused with entertainment.

February 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Here’s to the 301 Manteca residents who would of died

There will be 301 Manteca residents who will not die by the end of this year thanks to vaccines.

February 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Job market forces pay raises at Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart workers are getting a pay raise.

February 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Central Valley Beat debuting today

"Welcome to the very first episode of the Central Valley Beat. I am Nina Frisby and…"

February 20, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


It’s Almond Blossom time! (plus more crab)

Almond Blossom Festival is here! Start your weekend right with some tasty breakfast. Ripon Grange #511 is holding its 53rd annual Almond Blossom Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 10 a.m. at the Grange Hall, 827 Ripona Ave., Ripon. Tickets for adults are $7 when purchased in advance or $8 at the door. Please call Helen at 209.599.7110 for more information.

February 19, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Family City’s can-do attitude is for Bay Area housing needs

There is no affordable housing problem in Manteca.

February 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Born to be wild: Black & white high tops

White Converse All-Star high top basketball shoes.

February 18, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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