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Average snowpack could prolong California water conservation

A nearly average spring snowpack in the Sierra Nevada likely will prolong tough water conservation measures in drought-stricken California – although the restrictions could be loosened in some areas after an El Niño storm system drenched the northern half of the state this winter, officials said Wednesday.

Agriculture

More orchards planted as almond prices fall

They were blamed for planting too many trees, using too much water and worsening the effects of California’s epic drought. The state’s almond farmers responded by expanding their orchards in a bold wager that the sky-high prices the world was paying for almonds justified both the water use and long-term investment.

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Make-A-Wish Foundation grants Merced teen's wish to meet "Weird Al" Yankovic

Merced Union High School student Mina Lopez, 14, has her wish granted by The Make-A-Wish Foundation to meet "Weird Al" Yankovic, during a ceremony at Yosemite High School in Merced, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Lopez, who is battling leukemia, will travel to San Francisco to meet Yankovic.
Andrew Kuhn Merced Sun-Star
Make-A-Wish Foundation grants Merced teen's wish to meet 1:50

Make-A-Wish Foundation grants Merced teen's wish to meet "Weird Al" Yankovic

Atwater High's Valencia Twins 2:48

Atwater High's Valencia Twins

Merced Symphony performs for 3,000 children 1:26

Merced Symphony performs for 3,000 children

Naked woman steals sheriff deputy's truck, leads police on 70-mile chase 2:51

Naked woman steals sheriff deputy's truck, leads police on 70-mile chase