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.
Atwater fire officials last week disclosed some prices for equipment for the city’s new firetruck after a Merced Sun-Star article reported the agency’s refusal to do so, but the latest list provided to the public didn’t include a detailed breakdown of each item’s cost.
The Ferrari Ranch Project, a 3 million square-foot development that includes retail stores, restaurants, a movie theater, hotel and medical center, could be a game changer for Merced County – and especially for Atwater.
When Castle Air Force Base closed 20 years ago, it resulted in shuttered buildings, crumbling infrastructure and a staggering economic blow from which Merced County is still recovering. A roundtable discussion at the former base Thursday drew legislators, elected officials, economists and education officials to answer this question: How do we transform Castle into a thriving business and commerce center?
Atwater’s newest commissioner almost didn’t make it on the panel – it took a little bit of persuasion. “A lot of people came to me and said I would be a good voice on the commission,” said James Murphy III. “I’m a little bit nervous about it.”
A request from fire officials for $80,000 of equipment to operate the city’s new firetruck was highly scrutinized during a City Council meeting Monday, with the council ultimately deciding they need exact prices on each item.
A couple years ago, Atwater city leaders had trouble getting more than five people to show up to a town hall meeting, but they had the opposite problem Wednesday – there were hardly any seats left in the packed room of residents.