Economists said the higher unemployment rates, oddly, reflect continued improvement in the economy in June. Thousands of Californians, including in Merced County, flooded into the job market, in part because of the end of the school year but also because of optimism. Employers were hiring, but not in sufficient numbers to accommodate everyone.
The “Pokémon Go” mobile phone game craze is alive in Merced and Atwater as much as anywhere else, and players said they noticed the parks needed a little help. They organized a cleanup at Applegate Park in Merced on Wednesday and Ralston Park in Atwater on Thursday.
Merced is considered to be a car-reliant city according to walkscore.com, and some residents agree that life in Merced is more convenient with a vehicle rather than relying on other forms of transportation.
Vector control officials are reminding the public to take precautions against mosquito bites after a recent upswing in the number of mosquito samples testing positive for West Nile virus locally and statewide.
UC Merced received final approval from the Board of Regents on Thursday for an expansion plan that will nearly double the capacity of the decade-old campus by 2020, enabling enrollment growth to 10,000 students, according to officials.
The Central Valley Opportunity Center’s migrant summer program allows students to recover or get ahead in credits while learning cultural lessons from teachers from Mexico through the Binational Migrant Education Program.
After a couple of meetings that drew no area residents, the forums used to gather public input on the next Merced College president have begun to draw opinions on the skills the next leader should have.
The 11th annual Stephan Gray Memorial Fund/Merced Police Officers Association Golf Tournament tees off at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Rancho Del Rey Golf Club, 5250 Green Sands Ave. in Atwater. The cost is $100 per person. Sponsorships are available for $100 and $250. For more information, call 209-769-1310.
While experts denounce Donald Trump’s apocalyptic portrayal of a country beset by violence and fear as exaggerated, they acknowledge that there are many in America who respond emotionally to high-profile police shootings, Islamic jihadist attacks or killings by police of unarmed men – especially when they receive unprecedented attention not just on television, but also in today’s world of social media.