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Community

Is the rising jobless rate a good thing?

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.

Community

Retail, housing project up for review by public in Merced

The environmental impact report is available for viewing at City Hall or online, according to Bill King, the city’s principal planner. He said the city will take comments in writing on the 77-acre Merced Gateway, a project that includes more than 600,000 square feet of retail space toward the eastern edge of town.

Community

Merced pitches downtown housing and retail project

Merced leaders are looking to spur a retail and housing project downtown, which would come on the heels of investment in the same area from UC Merced. Leaders this week announced the Downtown Commons project, which would have retail space on the first floor and housing or offices on the two stories above that, saying it’s an opportunity to appeal to students and downtown workers.

Community

‘1776’ dramatizes the battle for independence

Playhouse Merced and Merced Theatre are teaming once again, this time to present a musical rendition of America’s fight for independence. The dual-powered performance of “1776” premieres 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 8, at Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St. The show repeats at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10.

Mariposa & Yosemite

Music fest comes to Mariposa

The Yosemite Music Festival kicks off at 3 p.m. Friday, July 8, at the Mariposa Fairgrounds. The two-day music festival is in its 15th year, and 14 performances ranging from bluegrass and Americana to reggae and psychedelic rock are set to take the stage, according to organizers.

Videos

Ash Wednesday Mass held at UC Merced

Ash Wednesday Mass held at University of California, Merced in Merced, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016.
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Ash Wednesday Mass held at UC Merced 2:39

Ash Wednesday Mass held at UC Merced

Dumpster dining bear caught unawares, whisked to city in trash truck 1:40

Dumpster dining bear caught unawares, whisked to city in trash truck

Puppy rescue by City of Merced Fire Department 1:42

Puppy rescue by City of Merced Fire Department

Merced migrant students wrap up summer program 1:34

Merced migrant students wrap up summer program