With an OK from city leaders, Merced Fire Department officials expect to all but eliminate brownouts, a policy in place since 2012 that sometimes left the department short-staffed to save overtime dollars.
The board of the Turlock Irrigation District voted Tuesday morning to cap water deliveries at 18 inches this year, about 40 percent of normal. Two board members, concerned that Don Pedro Reservoir might run out next year, urged an even tighter limit.
Subscribers to The Sacramento Bee and other newspapers and magazines were targeted by scammers who sent phony letters urging them to send money to a post office box in Oregon. Attorneys general in Oregon and four other states filed suit against the companies accused of perpetrating the scam.
Transitional kindergarten offers a stepping stool for 4-year-olds turning 5 in the fall. The 5-by-Sept. 1 crowd has lots of options parents will need to pick from soon. Dual-language schools, charter schools and traditional neighborhood schools are opening for registration right about now.
Merced resident Aubrey Nelson was awarded the 2015 Woman of the Year by Assemblyman Adam Gray’s office. She is being recognized for being an organizer of “Love Merced,” a project that brings residents together to clean up the city.
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.
A popular Main Street venue to grab a drink and enjoy live music is closed for three to five months, said RC Essig, one of The Partisan’s owners. Also, city officials confirmed an unnamed investor wants to buy multiple downtown buildings.
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.
Jonah Johnson was pronounced dead Wednesday morning at Buhach Colony High School and several hundred of his classmates watched as his body was taken away by a mortician from the Wilson Family Funeral Home.
James Schoenfeld, one of three men who kidnapped a busload of Chowchilla schoolchildren and their bus driver almost 40 years ago, was granted parole Wednesday in San Luis Obispo, where he is imprisoned at the California Men’s Colony.
Naturally occurring climate change lowered oxygen levels in the deep ocean, decimating a broad spectrum of seafloor life that took some 1,000 years to recover, according to a study that offers a potential window into the effects of modern warming.