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Who do you trust? Farmers or bottom line corporations?

Bob Cabral, Walter Woodward, Nick DeGroot, and Dave Phippen all share two common threads.

June 19, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lying liars & the state’s $97B spending plan

There are liars, damned liars and then there are Sacramento politicians.

June 19, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Parenting 2013: Kids go wild & how stopping them is child endangerment

It's night time.

June 18, 2013 | | Local Columns


‘Cool’ car colors, gas powered lawn mowers & air quality

Do you drive a black car?

June 17, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Watch out, I’ve got an excuse to use chainsaw

I was upset two weeks ago when I went into the back yard and discovered a California pepper tree that had mushroomed to 30 feet in height in just five years had snapped.

June 15, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


River Islands’ epic 24-year journey to build the first home

The folks who run the 157-year-old 5omerset Holdings have the patience of Job.

June 13, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A tribute to the fallen at the new transit station & expanding library

Why are we free?

June 13, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Coming up next: Pre-Crime Police using wholesale mining of data

So you have no problem with government data mining.

June 12, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fracking vote jolts political alignments in Sacramento

Did you feel the earth shift earlier this month?

June 11, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Beggar’s story: He’s homeless, hot, hungry & hunting for job

Editor's note: Manteca City Council wants a crackdown on aggressive panhandling. The following is a story of one man who begs on Manteca's streets but considers himself a sign flyer.

June 08, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


American Graffiti: Movie resonates Modesto cruise

MODESTO – Miguel, I am your father.

June 08, 2013 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


All streets are safe until people drive on them

"There is no such thing as an unsafe road."

June 08, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


More enjoyable to embrace summer than fighting it

Finally, the heat is on.

June 07, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bicyclist goes 35 mph down sidewalk while towing a trailer

Seeing a bicyclist towing a trailer in Manteca isn't exactly something that's out of the ordinary.

June 06, 2013 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


More news from Profit Gouging & Electricity

The California Profits Upkeep Commission - formerly known as the California Public Utilities Commission - continues to do what it does best which is protecting PG&E's profits.

June 06, 2013 | By DENNIS WYATT Executive Editor | Local Columns


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2 men sought for gas station theft

LATHROP - Police in Lathrop are on the lookout for two men who vandalized the Chevron Super-K on Lathrop Road last week during a brazen daytime ...

July 04, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Academy brings youth closer to police, fire depts.

LATHROP - When it comes to building a relationship with the community it serves, Lathrop Police Services wants to start with the youth.

July 04, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Kiwanis continues Independence Day tradition

Once again, Mantecans flocked to the Kiwanis Club tradition of renewing old friendships over breakfast before the red, white and blue parade down Main Street ...

July 04, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Young chefs get cookin’ in STEM summer camp

Kierra Blackwell looked forward to preparing a nice, healthy meal for the family.

July 04, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Drought reveals why SJ County will flood again

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared Jan. 14, 2010.

July 04, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How did we survive without ACA insurance?

My mother was born on a working cattle ranch in the Nevada County foothills in a setting similar to what Loretta Lynn described as a ...

June 30, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Traffic fines are the stick while surcharges are the anvil drop

So why are we writing traffic tickets in California?

June 30, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Better late than never

In 34 years of life I had never sat in a boat with just my father and taken in the splendor of the great outdoors ...

June 30, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Atherton gap, loss of Kmart, & council will

The best way for Manteca to counter the pending loss of Kmart sales tax dollars by snaring more retailers is two words: Follow through.

June 29, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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