Merced County Animal Shelter: 2150 Shuttle Drive, Atwater. Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Open 10 a.m. through 3p.m. Saturdays. Adoption fees for pet of the week are $35 for dogs and $15 for cats. If an animal is adopted before the newspaper comes out Saturday, another animal can be chosen in its place. For more information, call (209)385-7436.
Some events that grabbed Americans' attention the most in 2014 played out on a smaller stage in Minnesota, from questions of race and policing to Ebola, terrorism, and the Republican resurgence. Former Gov. Jesse Ventura returned to the national stage when he won a defamation lawsuit against the estate of the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history. Minnesota decided to join other states in experimenting with medical marijuana. And as the nation shivered through a polar vortex, Minnesota led the way.
In a hospital room filled with signs of love, Julie Prater lay surrounded by friends, her husband, Luke, at her side and her day-old daughter, June Lane, in her arms, the infant she calls "our little miracle baby."
Lately, I have been contemplating moving away from our neighborhood on the outskirts of Atwater, too. My husband and I have been in our home for 22 years, and I am ready for a change. I like to imagine living in the city of Merced, where I work and where we do much of our shopping.