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.
Turlock artist Don Hall has a quirky exhibit of self portraits up at the Chartreuse Muse. The whimsical art features the artist inserted into famous or iconic masterworks, from Monet to Van Gogh and Gustav Klimt and Warhol. The 68-year-old painter and sculptor hopes the display will amuse as well as educate people about who we consider our greatest artists.