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Farmers meet with wardens to hash out truth about mountain lion sightings

Representatives of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife met with a few dozen members of farm and neighborhood watches from Stanislaus and Merced...

Chris Cahill, Cristen Langner and Ryan Detrick with the Department of Fish and Wildlife answer questions about a mountain lion at the East Avenue Farm Watch meeting, held at the Senior Citizens Center in Denair on Wednesday night.

Charges filed, fourth suspect arrested in Planada gang shootout

Roberto Manzo, 20, was booked into the Merced County Jail on suspicion of assault with a firearm and criminal street-gang participation. His bail ...

Jose Saldana, 30, of Planada was charged with two counts of attempted murder in connection with a shootout, allegedly between rival gangs, the Merced County District Attorney’s Office confirmed.

About 1,000 voters get wrong ballots in Merced

Almost 1,000 registered voters in one Merced College trustee district received ballots this month that omitted the Area 4 race. The Merced County Registrar of Voters Office is trying to clean up the mistake before Election Day.


Atwater volleyball star van Warmerdam commits

She’ll play at Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Atwater’s Hannah van Warmerdam wrestled with her decision to commit to Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

Pitman remains unbeaten in CCC

It was a rough week for the Golden Valley High School volleyball team.


Facing lawsuit, California oil train terminal to shut down

A legal victory in California this week over crude oil operations could have a spillover effect, emboldening critics of crude-by-rail shipments to...

A tanker truck is filled from railway cars containing crude oil on railroad tracks in McClellan Park in North Highlands on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (Randall Benton/Sacramento Bee/MCT)

Our View: Lane-splitting rules will protect everyone on road

A new study finds that the maneuver is as safe as motorcycling in general, but isn’t likely to end the debate in California.

A motorcyclist rides between the lanes during the afternoon commute on Highway 99.

Father says officer shot in head can speak

The father of a San Bernardino police officer critically wounded in a shooting says his son can speak, mostly repeating phrases.

Living & Entertainment

Merced Arts Wrap for Oct. 24, 2014

“Carrie: The Musical” will be onstage at Playhouse Merced until Nov. 2. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For tickets, see, call (209) 725-8587 or visit the box...