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California vote to legalize pot scares Humboldt

Get ready for the economic collapse of Humboldt County.

March 25, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why Ripon is using stimulus money

I am sure most Ripon residents are aware the country is in the depths of a recession. Unfortunately, we are not immune from the effects of this very difficult economic time magnified by the poor decisions made by our leaders in Sacramento.

March 25, 2010 | By CHUCK WINN Mayor of Ripon | Local Columns


A tale of two high schools: Sierra and Itawamba

Manteca has come a long ways from the day when former Councilwoman Denise Giordano reduced a young lady who had just graduated from Manteca High to tears during a special council meeting.

March 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Targeting habitual offenders: Most bang for resources

Scott Nicholson was arrested again on Monday.

March 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Donner Party would laugh at doomsayers

The Donner Party came to California 164 years ago.

March 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Consuelo comes back

As always, she catches me by surprise. There huddled at the back door, this time clutching a brand new jacket. With her other hand she holds a sheet of pink laminated paper, as if it means all the world to her.

March 21, 2010 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Dawn is starting to nudge out the economic darkness

The shutting down of Toyota production at the NUMMI plant in Fremont is scarier than a runaway Prius.

March 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pleasanton puts housing squeeze on workers

Pleasanton is a shining city in the Tri-Valley.

March 19, 2010 | | Local Columns


‘I’d rather be tried by 12 than carried by six.’

Robert Ortiz is a reasonable man.

March 18, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Congress’ business savvy reflected in Postal Service’s financial quagmire

Not too many moons ago – before the Internet spawned spam to give junk mail a good name – Congress set up the Postal Service as a separate entity.

March 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bringing back Tidewater passenger rail service

There was a time when 24 passenger trains passed through Manteca daily to take you to Stockton or Modesto.

March 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sadness turns to tears of joy

Tears, smiles and hugs were the order of the day in Ripon Saturday as some 200 girls from all over the region picked out prom dresses for their special graduation occasions – without paying a dime for the gowns.

March 14, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Invest 44 cents to help keep California safe

Want to help make California streets a bit safer for your family and neighbors?

March 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


No separation between church and state in the actual pledge

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

March 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stealing is stealing no matter how you rationalize it

We were bicycling down River Road a few years ago when the lady I was with – a deputy with the Dade County Sheriff's Department in Florida – said she wanted to stop for a second.

March 11, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Supreme Court makes the right call regarding smartphones

Imagine a cell phone weighing two pounds, getting only a half hour talk time per charge, being only used to make voice calls, and costing $3,995.

July 03, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Jump into river lands him in hospital

Levi Gray followed the revelers up the train bridge that spans the Stanislaus River, eventually hurling his 265-pound body into the cool waters below.

July 02, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


1980s: Battles shape Manteca’s growth

The Recall.

July 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


2 tunnels away from being next Owens Valley

SAM MACK MEADOW, Inyo County – You can't get much closer to the source of a large chunk of Los Angeles' water than Sam Mack Meadow at 11,040 feet just over a mile from the Palisade Glacier – the largest in the Sierra.

July 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MHS senior is inspiration to other teens

It's true inspiration to see a teen that stands out among the rest of the student body for his positive actions in school where there is a need.

July 01, 2014 | By SHARDAE JONES Manteca High student correspondent | Local Columns


Want to find out about yourself & California? Go take a hike

It was 40 degrees Thursday. I had been hiking for six hours. The sun had been up over the Great Basin for perhaps three hours.

July 01, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Willis Carrier’s hot idea: Has it cheated us of enjoying the heat of summer?

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared in July of 2012.

June 29, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in November of 2011.

June 28, 2014 | | Local Columns


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