A multimillion-dollar flight simulator at Sierra Flight Academy gave Merced County Supervisor Daron McDaniel the flight of his life. McDaniel joined Atwater Councilman Brian Raymond on Tuesday for a ride inside the Boeing 737 simulator at Castle Commerce Center.
About 300 students, from preschool to college — many from Yosemite National Park’s gateway communities — gathered at the Yosemite Falls viewing area on Tuesday to start the park’s 125th anniversary celebration, which is themed, “Youth of Today: Park Stewards of Tomorrow.”
Backlash to UC’s proposed tuition hike has evolved into a showdown over control. UC says lawmakers must decide whether they are willing to spend more. State officials want more say in the direction of the university.
Robert M. “Bob” Piccinini, the congenial and savvy chairman of the board and majority shareholder of the Modesto-based Save Mart Supermarkets empire, died Tuesday morning at his Modesto home. He was 73.
A tentative agreement on Stanislaus River flows could shore up irrigation supplies and keep Lake Tulloch from emptying this summer. The deal calls for regulators to relax the springtime flow requirements aimed at getting young salmon to the Pacific Ocean. The saved water could help the Oakdale and South San Joaquin irrigation districts.
Modesto-area farmers will pay more for Tuolumne River water this year, Modesto Irrigation District leaders decided Tuesday, and the board additionally revived water-transfer programs to help farmers cope with drought and this season’s historic low deliveries of only 16 inches of water per acre.
If at first you don’t succeed, try again. That’s exactly what dairy farmer Johnny Tacherra plans to do. The Republican candidate announced Monday he will make a second consecutive run for Congress, saying this time he has what it takes to unseat “career politician” Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno. The race for the 16th Congressional District seat heated up last year when Tacherra came within inches of defeating Costa. Tacherra won Madera and Merced counties but couldn’t conquer Fresno County, where Costa secured 1,056 votes to Tacherra’s 447.
Feminine hygiene products are a basic necessity, but for many homeless women, these products are not easy to come across. For this reason, two Merced County organizations are teaming up to collect bras and hygiene products to be distributed to homeless women in the community.
Glitches in the Merced Superior Court’s new $2.3 million computer software system caused at least one jail inmate to be kept in custody nearly a week longer than his court-ordered release date and allowed another man to post bail on a lower amount than the court set, the Merced Sun-Star has confirmed.
Richard A. Tapia, a mathematician and professor at Rice University in Houston, and Cora B. Marrett, former deputy director and acting director of the National Science Foundation, will speak at UC Merced’s commencement ceremonies on May 16 and 17.
Even if you have never held a paint brush, you can learn to sketch buds and blooms and stalks and stems so you can embrace and enjoy the beauty of the seasons, according to botanical art instructor Linda Miller.