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Pedestrian is struck and injured by a vehicle in Atwater, police say

A pedestrian was taken to the hospital Saturday after they were struck and injured by an SUV in Atwater, according to authorities. Officers responded about 5:53 p.m. to a report … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Good news for the Chesapeake Bay: Dead zones are shrinking, but still a long way to go

The dead zone of the Chesapeake Bay — sometimes covered in red and brown algae and deadly to fish — is shrinking, according to a recent study. The oxygen-depleted zone … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

The Christmas spirit lives in Merced County. Here’s a list of upcoming local parades

With Thanksgiving behind us and the calendar getting ready to turn from November to December, Christmas is just right around the corner. For readers who have the Christmas spirit, here … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

The Christmas spirit lives on in Merced County. Here’s a list of upcoming local parades

With Thanksgiving behind us and the calendar getting ready to turn from November to December, that means Christmas is just right around the corner. For readers who have the Christmas … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

USDA’s agricultural census is live. What Central Valley farmers should know in California

The time has come for Central Valley farmers to complete the federal government’s Census of Agriculture — a count that could reveal important insights into the impact of California’s drought … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Greta Thunberg sues her native Sweden for failing to take action on climate

A group of children and young adults including Greta Thunberg have filed a class-action lawsuit against the Swedish state for failing to take adequate measures to stop climate change. The … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Los Banos says public safety personnel, city employees will get bump in pay. Here’s why

Police officers, city employees and public safety personnel in Los Banos will receive substantial pay increases due to a surplus of city funds, officials said this week. The city announced … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Study: Climate change is increasing the frequency and temperature of extreme heat waves

LOS ANGELES — As California awakens to the worsening risk of extreme climate events, researchers are shedding new light on last year's anomalous and extreme Pacific Northwest heat wave. One … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

UC Merced earns distinction of being named an agricultural experiment station

UC Merced hit a major milestone earlier this month when it was named an agricultural experiment station. UC President Michael Drake made the announcement that UC Merced and Santa Cruz … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Driver killed in solo-vehicle crash near Los Banos identified by Merced County Coroner

A driver killed in a solo-vehicle collision near Los Banos has been identified by the Merced County Sheriff Coroner’s Office as 21-year old Vicente Alberto Uribe, according to Merced County … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Fue Xiong wins Merced City Council race; 3 county cities make choices for mayor

Fue Xiong will become the District 6 Merced City Council member after winning a tight race over incumbent Delray Shelton following the official certification from the Merced County Registrar of … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Pedestrian who died after being struck by vehicle in Winton identified by coroner

A pedestrian who died after being struck by a vehicle in Winton has been identified by the Merced County Sheriff Coroner’s Office as 73-year-old Gary Lay, according to Merced County … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Homicide victim found inside car in Livingston identified by Merced County Coroner

The Merced County Sheriff Coroner’s Office has identified a man shot and killed in Livingston on Nov. 19 as Crispin Tafolla-Bravo, 22, according to Sheriff’s spokesperson Michelle Oliver. Officers responded … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Woman killed in Santa Fe Drive collision near Atwater identified by Merced County Coroner

The Merced County Sheriff Coroner’s Office has identified a driver killed in a multi-vehicle collision on Santa Fe Drive near Atwater as Araceli Juarez, 52, of Winton, according to Merced … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Yosemite planned to destroy homes in El Portal long before telling owners, records show

Sheets of paper that read, “This property is not abandoned,” were taped in windows and on the sides of the mobile home that Lynn Harbin owned for the past 34 … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Deputies investigating after man found with gunshot wounds at Castle Commerce Center

The Merced County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting after a man was located with multiple gunshot wounds Sunday in Atwater. Few details are available. At about 2:20 a.m. Sunday, … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Pedestrian dies at hospital after being struck by vehicle in Winton, CHP says

Authorities are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle in Winton on Friday, according to the California Highway Patrol. At about 7:12 p.m. Friday, officers responded … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Suspect accused of abducting 3-month-old child arrested in Merced County, CHP says

A man accused of abducting his child from Calaveras County has been located and arrested in Merced County, according to authorities. At 12:27 p.m. Sunday the Merced County Communications Center … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

Driver killed in Merced County solo-vehicle collision near Los Banos, CHP says

A driver is dead after crashing into a power pole and fence near Los Banos on Saturday, according to authorities. Officers responded at about 10:15 p.m. to the single-vehicle collision … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading

San Joaquin Valley is mired in ‘exceptional’ drought. So why aren’t we saving water?

Remember a couple weeks ago when it rained half an inch in Fresno and snowed in the Sierra? Sure was nice while it lasted. But with nothing but sunny skies … Click to Continue » ... Continue Reading