Though they have been on the job for weeks now, City Attorney Randolph Hom and Merced City Fire Chief Shawn Henry took their respective oaths of office during a Merced City Council ceremony Monday. The council also took time during its meeting to recognize Tamara Cobb, who has taken over as the head of the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee.
A female pedestrian was killed Tuesday afternoon in Dos Palos after being struck by a tour bus, police reported. The circumstances of the incident on Elgin Avenue at Blossom Street remain under investigation.
Tightening water supplies in California will reinforce its shift to almonds, walnuts and other high-value crops, an economist said Monday to the Northern California chapter of the Appraisal Institute, which was meeting in Modesto.
Developer Greg Hostetler pledged $1 million this week to the Merced Police Department to go toward a foundation for officers. The announcement was made during the public comment section of the Merced City Council meeting Monday to the surprise of just about everyone in the room.
Merced County’s proposed groundwater ordinance is one step closer to becoming law. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved the first reading of the ordinance, setting a second reading and possible adoption for March 17.
The Merced City Council approved a list of people on Monday who were recommended for a committee to draw up districts for local elections, assuming they sign a statement that says they do not intend to run for office in the next two election cycles. The meetings of the committee are open to the public, and the council has urged people who are not on the committee to attend those meetings.
An ordinance regulating groundwater transfers outside Merced County basins will have its first hearing Tuesday, while a group of concerned farmers turns the spotlight on a federal agency responsible for authorizing a large groundwater sale that’s depleting the precious supply.
Hospitals that treat California’s poorest patients are faring badly under the Affordable Care Act’s drive to improve quality. Under ACA authority, Medicare is imposing fines on safety-net hospitals at twice the rate paid by other hospitals, according to an analysis by the Center for Health Reporting.
Two lists of candidates are being recommended for the committee charged with carving Merced into districts for local elections, and the Merced City Council will decide whether to approve the nominees during the regular meeting Monday.
The Merced Irrigation District officials on Tuesday said no water will be available from Lake McClure this year and some Merced County farmers may not receive any water at all from the district this year.
A man accused of shooting a Merced police officer over the weekend had been wanted by law enforcement in Merced County since December, when he failed to appear in court on a suspected probation violation, the Sun-Star has confirmed.