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Sometimes going backwards helps you go forward

I got a call the other night from someone I consider to be my best friend…Sparky Gehres. He is an art teacher at Livingston High School. I think people down there call him "Mark" Gehres, or Mr. Gehres, or Coach Gehres. I know him as Sparky. I never see him enough or talk to him enough…but he just intuitively knows when to call, and when to keep calling until I answer. He has always known when to…not so simply…show up…to call. When each of my parents died. Those first years of teaching, coaching. Trying to ...

March 10, 2012 | By MICK FOUNTS San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools | Local Columns


The trick is to get people to see a unique value to going downtown

Sam Walton's legacy of big box retail isn't what ails downtowns in cities such as Manteca.

March 08, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to set interchange landscaping standard employing xeriscape

Consultants - a genre that knows a thing or two about raising green as in big hefty fees - believe it will cost between $120,000 and $180,000 a year to maintain landscaping they envision for the new Lathrop Road and Highway 99 interchange breaking ground in the next few years.

March 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time for government to debate control funding in a manner that makes sense

It is time to end the charade.

March 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The bigger threat: Second-hand smoke from neighbor’s yard or government edicts?

James Baker lives in Rocklin. His two kids have asthma.

March 06, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We’re slowing flushing behavior standards down the proverbial toilet

"We all have to go. So enjoy the go." - the latest Quilted Northern toilet paper TV commercial

March 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Court edict: No right to display USA flag images on Cinco de Mayo

Afghans shoot and kill American soldiers and burn our flag and we apologize.

March 03, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Food police going after mobile food vendors by schools

The food war is heating up.

March 01, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Farmer’s persistence & innovative thinking by city workers save Mantecans $1M a year

Water in Manteca in many locations has gone soft over the past six years.

February 29, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You will have no real say as voter in Peripheral Canal 2.0

Take a trip down the backbone of the Sierra to Owens Valley.

February 28, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Instead of paving over portion of Woodward Park rethink the options

Manteca's elected leaders deserve credit for not pushing forward with the wholesale destruction of the Woodward Avenue neighborhood west of South Main Street simply because "the plan" adopted years ago said it was for the greater good.

February 28, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Valley’s growth story is about to enter a new chapter as in 9

Stockton is on the verge of becoming the largest American city ever to declare Chapter 9 bankruptcy.

February 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam spends taxes to determine that I should be dead man walking

I should be dead or at least severely incapacitated by illness.

February 25, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Medical marijuana induces epidemic of chronic pain suffering among young males

The few days that Manteca's medical marijuana clinic was open in the 300 block of West Yosemite Avenue in 2010 it had quite a few customers seeking relief from "chronic pain."

February 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We’re rewarding those irresponsible borrowers once again

Here's a sobering statistic: Some 42 percent of all borrowers with mortgages in foreclosure haven't made a loan payment in two years.

February 21, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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GOING NUTS FOR ALMONDEE

Daryll Quaresma, a third-generation dairy farmer sold his long time, family-owned cow dairy to one of his siblings 16 years ago before focusing his attention ...

July 11, 2016 | MONICA CANE | Local Columns


Filing opens next week for council

Manteca city voters on Nov. 8 will get to do something that Modesto voters no longer can - vote to fill all council seats that are ...

July 11, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon chamber happy with July 4 celebration

Tamra Spade was pleased with the overall results of the Fourth of July festivities in Ripon.

July 11, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Mosquito bites pose health risks

Mosquitoes are out for blood.

July 11, 2016 | | Local Columns


Why not ban ability to buy soda using food stamps?

You've heard the pitch.

July 11, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lawyers use class action to take you to cleaners

My front-end washing machine generated an odor after a number of uses.

July 09, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Repeat childhoods of yesteryear today & trigger child abuse charges

I drank chocolate milk - gallons of it - when I was a kid. The same goes for soda, sugar, potato chips and Twinkies.

July 07, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘I’m sorry, the number you have reached . . .”

I came across a relic on Sunday.

July 06, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


ROAD TO RECOVERY, RIO

Amy Haapanen isn't ruling out making another run at it four years from now, but this could be her last chance to make the ...

July 06, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Local Columns


Illegals, college aid, the draft and the Valley

Down in the valley - Manteca, Modesto, Hanford, Bakersfield, Fresno, Stockton, Turlock, and virtually every other community - is where the proverbial rubber hits the road in ...

July 05, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


$1M BLOCK REDO?

It will cost almost $150,000 to do the necessary engineering, design work, and environmental studies to fulfill a Manteca City Council decision to rip ...

July 05, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PEDALING SWEET FUN

Jon Anderson was first introduced to organized bicycle racing on a dirt track, better known as BMX as a young boy in the 70s by ...

July 05, 2016 | MONICA CANE | Local Columns


Dinner honors pioneer families, helps cemetery

The public is invited to an old-fashioned Prairie Dinner Saturday at the American Legion Hall in Manteca. Guests may even come to the sumptuous dinner ...

July 05, 2016 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Local Columns


Lathrop extends pact with SJ County sheriff

The San Joaquin County Sherriff's Department will provide contracted police services to the City of Lathrop for another year.

July 05, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


What are a few deaths if Google & Tesla can make more money?

It is important to determine whether Joshua Brown was watching Harry Potter on a DVD player when he drove into history May 7 as the ...

July 02, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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