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Of Kings, fad diets, leaky roofs & Greg LeMond

Someone asked me the other day why I wasn't hip on fad diets pushed by various companies.

July 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


High speed rail going down wrong track to Bay Area

Up in the Altamont Hills stand the forerunners of green energy in California - wind mills turning turbines to generate electricity.

July 11, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Build a men’s shelter & they will come

Do we really want to address the issue of homeless single men in Manteca?

July 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Homeless taking over Library Park?

Chatter – punctuated by choice obscenities – was rising along with the mid-day temperature on Thursday as two men argued beneath the stately Sycamore trees of Library Park.

July 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


No justice for Oscar Grant or law-abiding peace officers

It took less than seven hours for a Los Angeles jury to deliver a miscarriage of justice.

July 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Providing five more sets of eyes on Manteca RDA

The Doyle Ranch back in the 1980s was perhaps the most prime piece of real estate along the Interstate 80 corridor east of Sacramento.

July 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Showering using a Dixie Cup during Midwest summer

Californians are wimps when it comes to weather.

July 07, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


House of Mud & other attractions

In National Lampoon's Vacation, the Griswolds took a pass on a chance to see the famous House of Mud.

July 07, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Fourth of July fallout

It was a Fourth of July many years ago – I was only a kid of 12 who loved shooting off fireworks from the safe ones and not so safe. M80s were the ultimate in Southern California, but I limited myself to simple fire crackers that were actually hard to come by unless you drove into downtown Los Angeles where somebody would be on the street hawking imported crackers by the pack.

July 06, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


California’s future will soon be found down in Monterey

Monterey - the birthplace of California government - was chosen by the Spaniards for that dubious honor in 1777 due to the great natural bay and the ample fresh water from the nearby Carmel River.

July 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Deal is hard to beat but better read small print

When Allegiant Air first announced its low-cost service from Stockton to Long Beach about a month or so ago, some of my colleagues were quick to act.

July 05, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Sacramento needs to shed 47,400 state jobs in next 12 months

With all due respect to F. Scott Fitzgerald, state workers are different than you and me.

July 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sharing the small town spirit with newcomers

So you want to get a feel for your town - newcomers and old-timers alike?

July 04, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Smoke bombs (& cherry bombs) can be dangerous

I do not like fireworks - at least the ones you buy and set off.

July 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Summer finally arrives in the San Joaquin Valley

The mercury - for those old enough to remember when you didn't click on weather.com to find what the outside temperature is but instead actually stepped outside to read an old-style thermometer - is expected to reach the 100-degree mark on the Fourth of July.

July 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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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


Anger can kill gophers

Gophers aren't very popular in Manteca.

January 12, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


$1.4B jackpot: You can’t lose unless you play

It was a simple question: "A group of us are buying Powerball tickets. Do you want to get in for $6?'

January 12, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


WOODWARD’S WATER VISION

The completion of Woodward Reservoir a century ago this year has been a godsend to South San Joaquin Irrigation District as well as the cities ...

January 11, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Troop packing event Sunday

The Cpl. Charles O, Palmer II Memorial Troop Support Program is scheduling a "Happy New Year" troop packing event on Sunday, Jan. 17.

January 11, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Lathrop may fill vacant council seat

The Lathrop City Council has consisted of only four people for the past 11 days.

January 11, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Board honoring top Ripon spellers tonight

Several local youngsters recently competed in the 2015 San Joaquin County Spelling Bee Championships.

January 11, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Hopeful has UOP in college plans

Ripon Almond Blossom Queen candidate Nalani Alhambra, 17, has plans to attend the University of the Pacific to study for a career in dental hygiene.

January 11, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Carson’s flat tax, Apple, the working poor and PG&E

Apple - as of July 2015 - was sitting on $203 billion in cash.

January 11, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Robust acorns key to stronger ‘trees’ in MUSD

Vern Gebhardt is on to something.

January 08, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Getting worked up over firearms & gun control

There are more than 310 million firearms owned by United States citizens.

January 06, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is California driving itself to a crack up?

Remember the 1960s?

January 05, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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