A Merced teen broadened her perspective on political issues affecting Hispanics and opportunities for her future when she attended the Ready to Lead NextGen program in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.
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.
Sheep rancher Dave Dashiell got to his feet and wiped the blood from his hands. A newborn lamb he had just delivered from a struggling ewe took one breath, then another. He laid the lamb down gently in front of its mother. "I hope he lives," Dashiell said.
The fast-moving brush fire tearing through the Santa Clarita Valley this weekend is part of a larger trend: Wildfire seasons in the western United States are lasting longer and burning more land, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of the Interior.