Rescue dogs trained by inmates ready for next step on path to aid veterans

Rescue dogs and their trainers celebrated their accomplishments at a graduation ceremony on Friday at Valley State Prison as the dogs prepare for their next level of training before becoming service dogs for military veterans. The program also teaches prisoners responsibility and helps with their rehabilitation.


Inmates in Valley State Prison learn traditional arts for therapy

Valley State Prison contracts with the Fresno Arts Council and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts for the beading class, a mural class, an African drumming class and more. The Art in Corrections programs, reintroduced to the California prison system in 2013, are another way for prisons to help inmates with rehabilitation.


Where in Merced can I get a passport?

In August, passport services at the Merced post office were discontinued, so you’ll have to go elsewhere to apply. If you must apply for a new passport, it’s better to do it as soon as possible.


Chowchilla employer Brake Parts to cut about 40 workers’ jobs

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.


Deputies identify Chowchilla man killed in crash

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.


Dos Palos' Teya Vincent on big win over Coalinga

Teya Vincent was 4 for 4 with a home run, two doubles, two runs and two RBI in a big 6-4 West Sierra League victory over Coalinga on Friday. (Sean Lynch/
Dos Palos' Teya Vincent on big win over Coalinga 1:58

Dos Palos' Teya Vincent on big win over Coalinga

Buhach Colony's Gwynne McBride 1:00

Buhach Colony's Gwynne McBride

Spring Trout Derby at Barrett Cove 1:58

Spring Trout Derby at Barrett Cove

Merced man shot and killed on San Mateo Court in Merced 1:43

Merced man shot and killed on San Mateo Court in Merced