Two governing boards in Merced County this week threw their support behind plans to put a half-cent sales tax on the November ballot. Atwater City Council and the County Board of Supervisors each supported the measure, which is estimated to raise $450 million countywide over 30 years for local and regional transportation projects.
The city of Merced appears to be on its way to having four medical cannabis dispensaries, but the future of cultivation remains uncertain. During a special meeting Wednesday, which was also the unofficial holiday of marijuana, the council gave staff direction for a new ordinance that would allow dispensaries and deliveries of medical cannabis in town.
Merced Symphony Association has set the concert for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St. “Carmina Burana” was composed in 1935 and 1936 by Carl Orff, a German composer who based the music on medieval poetry.
Representatives of the Merced County Association of Governments gave a presentation in Livingston on Tuesday about the proposed tax, which would amass $450 million over 30 years in the county for local and regional transportation projects.
Poker players can expect soon to have no betting limits at the growing number of gaming tables in Merced, which should allow local card rooms to better compete with regional casinos, according to card room owners.
A collision between a big rig and a Dodge Ram killed at least one passenger around 5 p.m. Tuesday, California Highway Patrol reported. There were few details immediately available on the crash on Lincoln Boulevard near Atwater Jordan Road, officers reported.
One of Chowchilla’s largest private employers said Tuesday that it will cut its workforce by about one-third to become more competitive. Brake Parts Inc.’s vice president of human resources says global pressures compelled it to save money by moving production to its plant in northern Mexico.
A farm laborer killed this week when his vehicle struck a tree has been identified as a Chowchilla man, Madera County Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday. Fredy Ramirez-Orellana, 32, of Chowchilla was killed between 8 and 9 a.m. Sunday when the John Deere Gator utility vehicle he was driving struck an almond tree in the 22000 block of Avenue 24 on Campos Bros. Farms property.