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114 degrees? Time to buy an ice ax

The high is supposed to hit 114 degrees in the coming few days.

June 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I knew I had seen her before – only it wasn’t same person

A few weeks ago, I again went out with Mike Kelly to take a look at how the Manteca Police are handling the homeless situation in Manteca – an effort that is praised by pragmatists that recognize this is a way towards lasting change and panned by short-sighed critics that think bussing them somewhere else is the way to go.

June 16, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca needs to abandon Garfield section for MHS safety

The Manteca City Council has taken steps to improve the security of the Manteca Library.

June 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Learning less about world with access to World Wide Web

A teen boy. A matronly lady. A graying guy perhaps in his 50s with a man bun. Two women in their early 30s. One guy who looked like the quintessential college student. A couple that looks like they are well into their Golden Years. And a teen girl.

June 14, 2017 | | Local Columns


Manteca’s goal: Avoid Kmart closing from lapsing into cancerous blight

Kmart's future may seem dicey but not as much as the building the retailer will leave behind when it closes its Manteca store sometime after September.

June 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon Unified recognized retiring staff

Mona Ogden is one of 10 Ripon Unified School District retirees.

June 12, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Daily attractions part of SJ Fair admission

Chef Ray Duey is a world-renowned culinary artist.

June 12, 2017 | Vicky Norman-Eddy | Local Columns


Entries sought for parade marking July 4th

A parade, aerial fireworks, and a pancake breakfast are the community events planned to celebrate July Fourth this year in Manteca.

June 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DESIGN SLASHES COSTS

There are 12 student restrooms at Sequoia School.

June 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Quintessential family man & Pumpkin King George Perry Sr. dies at age 99

George Perry Sr. was more than just the man who planted the seeds nearly a half century ago for what would blossom into the largest brokerage of watermelons, pumpkins and melons on the West Coast.

June 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Would you pay 8 cents a day to make Manteca better?

The Manteca City Council is about to go from being fiscally conservative to being fiscally responsible. There is a big difference

June 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Going to pot is raising a stink in Colorado

Pot smells.

June 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Best stress-reliever on the planet

I grew up fishing.

June 09, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


The Kmart blues: Manteca voted with its feet

Who killed Kmart in Manteca?

June 08, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Keep Paris, I’ll take Bakersfield over Pittsburgh

Forget Paris - or Pittsburgh for the matter. I'd rather have Bakersfield.

June 07, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Here’s one thing we really don’t want to be like Pleasanton

A lot of people look toward Pleasanton - along with Dublin and Livermore - and sigh about how great it would be to like one of the ...

June 28, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lies, damned lies & the Twin Tunnels

In the Ohlone Wilderness south of Pleasanton is a 220-foot tall reminder that the past may catch up with California.

June 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Elliott on tap to serve as Ripona principal

Ripon Unified is getting a new elementary school principal and a director of student service.

June 26, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Bass Pro donates 500 rods to help Kids Matter effort

Herman Beer is doing his part to get youngsters to enjoy the outdoors.

June 26, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Manteca lands $3M grant for food to fuel

Manteca is setting a new standard in forward thinking when it comes to diverting garbage from landfills.

June 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Price, offerings luring new members

The Manteca-Lathrop Boys & Girls Club is enjoying a surge in first-time membership.

June 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DRIVING MANTECA

Manteca's build-as-you-grow approach to major roads makes sure that development pays the tab.

June 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How Manteca’s council allows public safety to be jeopardized

The Manteca City Council is inadvertently placing the safety of the public and police at risk.

June 24, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Point a finger & three fingers will point back

Every so often something pops up on Facebook that is thought provoking. Recently, a posting by Facebook caused me to do something I do not ...

June 24, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


Lathrop Road is about to ruffle a few feathers

Last week the Lathrop City Council voted unanimously to move forward with a proposal that widens Lathrop Road to four lanes from the Westerly grade ...

June 23, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Defying ‘death’ & making water bottlers wealthy

Twenty-four times a year I spend upwards of two hours with a needle in my arm donating platelets at what is now the Red Cross ...

June 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Would you call a 61-year-old man a ‘dude’?

"Dude, you read my mind."

June 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Does downtown matter as much as the big deals?

Is the future of downtown Manteca - or any part of the existing city for that matter - worth the resources, time, and money that has been ...

June 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon cuts May water use 26.4%

The drought isn't quite over.

June 19, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


$136M worth of building in Manteca through May

Tactical 5.11 - the most expensive structure ever built in Manteca - along with a housing surge could make 2017 a record setting year for new ...

June 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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