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Andy Taylor results better than Robo Cop

Perhaps the most effective initiative undertaken by the city in the past decade to improve Manteca was the council decision 18 months ago to hire ...

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Climate change & the myth it is increasing number, intensity of wildfires

Christmas is 10 days away and California is burning.

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Social media grumblings perplexing

People are a funny bunch sometimes.

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Thirteen months & no movement on city crosswalk

Imagine, if you will, if the traffic signals at Union Road and Center Street did not function for 13 months.

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Moorhead: Manteca is not just surviving

The last 10 years have been good for Manteca from where Debby Moorhead sits.

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Ripon Chamber office moving to new locale

The Ripon Chamber of Commerce office is moving to a new location in the historic downtown from its present site in the 900 block of ...

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Lathrop Manteca Fire remodeling J Street station

The City of Lathrop is expected to undergo steady growth over the course of the next decade. 

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Restuccia in line to serve as next Ripon mayor

It’s Michael Restuccia’s turn to take the helm at the Ripon City Council.

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Tests pivotal in how far $40M will go at Manteca

Key tests to determine Manteca High’s future have nothing to do with what goes on inside classrooms.

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TASTE OF RIPON

True to its name, the 22nd annual “A Taste of Ripon” wine stroll gave revelers a taste not of just wines made from grapes grown ...

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RURAL CRASH KILLS 2

Two Manteca men in their early 30s were killed Saturday afternoon in a grinding collision that split their northbound 2011 Hyundai Sonata in half with ...

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The kid playing with power tool in a restaurant

Seconds after we walked into an older Stanislaus County drive-in on Saturday where soft serve cones are still called a frosty, we were unable to ...

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We need to protect those who protect us

Manteca does not need a gleaming, new police station.

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Great Wolf, Manteca & the $7M question

Free market purists are absolutely right that Adam Smith and Milton Friedman would likely disapprove of municipal deals such as the one Manteca’s elected ...

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America — & the world — changed 76 years ago today

Bummed about the economy?

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Making tips an entitlement for entire staff

If I tip whoever cuts my hair, I don’t expect them to share it with the janitor or the owner.

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You need to have a hunger to be hungry

So what is the value of standardized tests?

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Salesmen are just as vital as ever

It’s been 53 years since I bought my first car — a 1967 Cougar with 120,000 miles on it that I purchased from my ...

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Top spellers compete for county title

The top spellers in the area will gather this week at the San Joaquin County Office of Education.

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Increasing safety for pedestrians & bicyclists

The most significant investment in pedestrian and bicycle safety could be made as part of the Union Road and 120 Bypass interchange upgrade.

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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 ...

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4 LANES FOR MAIN?

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

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1997: Manteca hires Halford as police chief

10 years ago

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Container yard gets go-ahead for construction

If you build it, they will come. 

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RUN NOT DONE

Rina’s Run may have run its course.

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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.

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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 ...

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Bullying laws need context instead of just harsh penalties

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

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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Acorn 2.0 sprouts successfully

Physical fitness and mental sharpness go hand in hand.

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Black Friday: Not exactly mankind’s finest moment

Editor’s note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran on Nov. 28, 2002

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Since when is vigilantism the answer to problems?

Apparently, homeowners around Stella Brockman Elementary School believe that somebody in their neighborhood is trapping their cats and then releasing them outside of the city ...

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Lathrop may slash number of meetings

Could the Lathrop Planning Commission be the next governing body to cut their monthly meeting dates in half?

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Man shot in hip during drive-by

A 23-year-old male was struck in his hip during a drive-by shooting as he was walking in the 500 block of West Alameda Street Thursday ...

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Making room(s) for money

Manteca’s fastest growing source of municipal revenue since 2013 isn’t property tax nor is it sales tax.

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30-YEAR TRADITION

Thirty years ago, Jim Todd showed up at Northgate Park with less than a dozen people for a pickup flag football game the day before ...

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Sharing their blessings

Jeff Liotard didn’t want just another community Thanksgiving dinner. 

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We all owe a tremendous debt for the gift called America

Editor’s note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared on Nov. 21. 2007

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Repeal of gas tax would shake state politics to core

The perfect storm is gathering on the horizon for another California tax revolt.

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We were fools for letting Manson live

Charles Manson lived 48 years too long.

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Ripon city worker benefits costs up 4.9 percent for year

Ripon City Council members are eligible for the same benefits as city employees.

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2 Lathrop parks get rubberized playing surfaces

Lathrop taxpayers have already been enjoying new rubberized play surfaces at some of the city’s most heaviest used parks thanks to proceeds from Measure ...

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Ripon tradition: Cal Crush Clydesdales rides

The sound of Cal Crush Clydesdales hoofs clicking against street pavers in downtown Ripon will return Saturday, Dec. 2.

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BURIED WITH HONORS

All of Manteca’s fallen in World War II have now been accounted for and buried with military honors.

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