The state Department of Transportation used heavy machinery to begin to clear a homeless encampment on Monday in Merced near Highway 140, where an estimated 25 people lived in tents and makeshift buildings.
Merced City Council’s first town hall-style meeting of the year is Thursday with the second coming next week. The meetings are meant to help the council make decisions on priorities for the coming year by hearing from those who attend.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider allowing residents to bring dogs into Lake Yosemite Park for the next six months, in addition to setting the first reading of the county’s groundwater ordinance.
The only possibility of rain in the next 10 days is Tuesday, forecasters predicted, but it’s only a 20 percent chance. With one week left in the month, the county is experiencing a severe rainfall deficit.
The unemployment rate in Merced County in December rose slightly from the previous month but remains down by 1 percent from a year earlier, according to numbers released Friday from the Employment Development Department.
Officials from Merced County’s The Bus are planning new route schedules to start Feb. 2 to improve the overall transit system and provide efficient service to the greatest number of people in the county, according to a news release.
The California Department of Transportation on Thursday posted notices near the Bradley Overhead on Highway 140 that said the homeless people illegally camping there must leave the area before crews clear the encampment Monday.
A golf course, a water park and pony rides. These are just a few ideas the Livingston Parks and Recreation Commission might discuss in an effort to increase recreational activities in the city. But the commission that plans these programs is severely lacking in members – with 10 commissioner positions expiring at the end of the week. Only one current commissioner, Maria Baptista, has reapplied for her spot on the panel. The remaining nine seats – six commissioners and three alternates – will be vacant by Saturday, said Recreation Superintendent Jacquelyn Benoit.
In Atwater schools, nutrition awareness extends beyond the classroom into the home. A “Parent Nutrition Night” was held Jan. 14 at Mitchell Elementary School and similar sessions are planned at other campuses this school year. The first target is beverages loaded with sugar.
The sexual abuse of a 13-year-old Boy Scout by an adult volunteer was part of a “sordid history of child sexual abuse” within the organization that has been documented internally for nearly a century, the victim’s attorney said Monday in his opening statement at a civil trial in California.
Merced residents who have not yet signed up for coverage through Covered California and plan to do so before the Feb. 15 deadline, can stop by the Merced Senior Community Center between 4 and 9 p.m. Friday. According to organizers, seven insurance agents will be available to answer questions and enroll customers.
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