Merced woman quilts to make others’ lives better

Vicky Eisenhart finished 56 quilts last year.

Nineteen of the quilts will be used in a fundraiser to benefit victims of sexual and domestic violence.

One time, many of her quilts went to children removed from families by Child Protective Services.


Exploring art in an Earth Day sort of way

The spring version of the quarterly Art Hop event was held Saturday on Main Street in Merced. Organizers said the event’s theme was inspired by Earth Day. Featured clothing designer and visual artist Amy Bianchini’s work was on display in Bob Hart Square.

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Almonds get roasted in debate over California water use

California almonds are becoming one of the world's favorite snacks and creating a multibillion-dollar bonanza for agricultural investors. But the crop extracts a staggering price from the land, consuming more water than all the showering, dish-washing and other indoor household water use of California's 39 million people.

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Sex trafficking: Is it happening in Merced?

A row of old motels and businesses line West 16th Street in Merced, calling little attention to the area during the daytime. But when the sun sets, the street comes alive with activity. Women wearing short skirts and ripped tights stand in the doorways of motel rooms. An open curtain in another room reveals a half-naked woman waiting inside.

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