Artists and guests rubbed elbows Thursday during the opening night of a show at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center. The show combines the semiannual “The Really Big Show,” which is made up of established Arbor Gallery artists from the region, with the work of up-and-coming talent. While giving artists a chance to display their work, the show also brings Merced’s relatively small arts community together to meet and share ideas.
A public display scrutinizing the use of antibiotics in Foster Farms chickens greeted hundreds of residents Friday, sending a powerful message about what advocates say is continued misuse of the drug by the giant poultry producer.
A civil grand jury complaint filed last month blamed Merced County’s tardy food inspections on a lack of oversight and control by management, potentially leading to the third investigation of the county’s Environmental Health Division in three years.
Free turkeys will be distributed to less fortunate families at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Merced County Fairgrounds, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Merced, and 2 p.m. Monday at the Los Banos Fairgrounds, 403 F St. in Los Banos.
The unemployment rate in Merced County remained unchanged last month at 10.3 percent, but was more than a percentage point down from the same time last year. The county lost 200 farm jobs since the previous month but added jobs in other industries, according to numbers from the Employment Development Department. The rate has improved since the 12 percent jobless rate measured in October 2013.
Construction has yet to begin on the first stretch of California’s high-speed rail line through the central San Joaquin Valley. But once significant work does start, officials say the heavy equipment to be used will be some of the cleanest machinery available .