Environment

Environment

A warning in the ruins

I recently followed a drone through the ruined Syrian city of Aleppo, courtesy of YouTube. The destruction was sobering, to say the least. The camera glided by exploded apartment buildings and streets piled with rubble, block after city block. The political situation in Syria is contemptible, the impact of war on human lives horrendously tragic, all silently conveyed in the aftermath captured on video. It also captured something more subtle, something that could easily go unnoticed: Aleppo was built almost entirely of concrete. Concrete dominated every shot. That observation might seem strange, but bear with me.

Mariposa & Yosemite

Merced a ‘big winner’ in weekend storm

Not even halfway through April, Merced has been soaked with more than twice the rainfall than is typical for the entire month, according to forecasters. Beginning Friday night, Merced saw 2.44 inches of rain through the weekend, which is the only rainfall since April 1. The 30-year average for April is 0.34 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Hanford.

Videos

Merced Art Hop

The Merced Art Hop in downtown Merced, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.
Andrew Kuhn Merced Sun-Star
Merced Art Hop 1:53

Merced Art Hop

Highlights of Merced's win over GV 2:15

Highlights of Merced's win over GV

Reggie Ricks on Atwater's rivalry win 2:09

Reggie Ricks on Atwater's rivalry win

Dhameer Warren on Merced's win over Golden Valley 1:57

Dhameer Warren on Merced's win over Golden Valley