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Helping needy: Slamming farmers while praising Internet billionaires

Come October literally hundreds if not thousands of tons of "food" will be plowed under throughout San Joaquin County.

August 30, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Memo to Cowsills: Cover my head with hair? If that were the only place, I’d be happy

I admit I'm a candidate for the missing link.

August 29, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The working poor discover 29 + 49 + 89 adds up to less money & still no healthcare

During the early stages of the foreclosure crisis I got into a heated phone exchange with Congressman Jerry McNerney's communications director.

August 28, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If $150 fee goes away Cal Fire needs “George Runner Rule”

Wildfires, they say, are getting worse.

August 27, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘This is where we’ll fight it, boys’

MI-WUK VILLAGE – It's going to take more than a bucket of water and hoses to extinguish the Rim Fire.

August 27, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


Southside Park: The city cuts the grass, gangs own the turf

Southside is unlike any other city park.

August 26, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Remember the good old days when saying ‘I’m bored’ wasn’t a prelude to a thrill kill

"We were bored and didn't have anything to do so we decided to kill somebody." - what one of three teen suspects in a thrill kill told police in Oklahoma.

August 24, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Would Louisa Clapp view her namesake ‘lane’ as ugly today?

Louisa Clapp arrived in what is now known as Manteca in 1849 with her husband Noah.

August 23, 2013 | | Local Columns


Manteca decides smoking in parks less obnoxious than Big Government

Manteca is not New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg's kind of town.

August 22, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Breathable air or drive-thru windows?

Enjoying the air quality of the last few days?

August 21, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Privacy, helmet cams, ‘The Truman Show’ & Big Brother

Face it. You are Jim Carrey and you are the star of "The Truman Show."

August 20, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


No yolk. Uncle Sam may require $11.2B chicken cage investment

QUESTION: If a chicken rancher has 50,000 chickens and he has to pay $40 a hen for new roomier cages to meet a state mandate how much of the cost are consumers going to absorb?

August 19, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mother nature’s secret plan to kill us: Cow moo-thane

Got gas?

August 17, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The disconnect between student debt & Zombie food picks

John Carney is a 31-year-old pursuing a master's degree in fine arts at the University of Maine.

August 16, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Downtown: Give up all hope ye who enter?

"Manteca today finds itself in a position which is hardly unique in California. Population is exploding, while the Downtown remains worn out and outmoded, without the qualities which will maintain it as the prime shopping center of the community."

August 15, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Manteca firefighters mentor be.tech students

There's definitely excitement for high school ROP students in the Career Technical Education classes assigned to fire stations in Manteca as they shadow firefighters ...

December 04, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


4 LANES FOR MAIN?

During an October workshop the public made it clear - they want four travel lanes on Main Street.

December 04, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


1997: Manteca hires Halford as police chief

10 years ago

December 03, 2017 | | Local Columns


Our ex-presidents’ insincere praise of ‘American generosity’

All five living former Presidents recently came together at a benefit concert for victims of this year's devastating hurricanes. A month earlier, they broadcast ...

December 03, 2017 | | Local Columns


Shop, enjoy holiday cheer during 2-day park event

In the mood to sip Santa's Irish coffee or a Christmas peppermint cookie drink while browsing crafts, clothing and other vendors while browsing for ...

November 29, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Museum to host open house with visit from Santa Claus

It's Christmas in Manteca Sunday at the downtown museum, where memories of past happy yuletides will come flowing back for those who enjoyed the ...

November 29, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Container yard gets go-ahead for construction

If you build it, they will come.

November 29, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


RUN NOT DONE

Rina's Run may have run its course.

November 29, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Steady rise in Ripon Unified’s enrollment

Ripon Unified's enrollment figures continued its steady rise during the early parts of the 2017-18 school year.

November 29, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Forensic pathologist slams county sheriff

Sheriff Steve Moore is fighting to retain his favorable stance with the San Joaquin County voters seven months before reaching out in an upcoming election ...

November 29, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Bullying laws need context instead of just harsh penalties

Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. The following column first appeared on June 7, 2014

November 28, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon Unified keeps board meetings at council chambers

In recent years, the Ripon Unified school board has conducted most of its monthly meetings in the Council Chambers.

November 27, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Ripon starts season with tree lighting

The Ripon Christmas tree lighting ceremony kicks off the Christmas season in Ripon on Thursday, Nov. 30, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Veterans ...

November 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Firefighters’ feast included smoked turkey

It was a "smoked Thanksgiving turkey" that got the raves at Manteca's Union Road fire station Thursday from family members. The cooks, however, didn ...

November 27, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


WORLD WAR I MURAL

The fifth and final installment of arguably the most ambitious mural project in the Northern San Joaquin Valley is now underway.

November 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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