The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt in Applegate Park this Saturday, April 7, near the basketball courts at 10 a.m. The Easter Bunny will be on hand and have photos taken. Kiwanis Kiddieland, in its 55th season, will then open at 11 a.m. The rides will also be open for families to enjoy on Easter Day from 1 to 5 p.m. and every weekend from 1 to 5 p.m. through October, except during the Merced County Fair.
The Merced County Chamber announced the winners of the Community Awards to be presented at the quarterly luncheon on April 12 at the Branding Iron Restaurant.
AQI Forecast for 4/3/2012: 42 Good (O3)
FRESNO U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said Miguel Gomez-Gomez, 26, of Dinuba, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to grow, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana grown on public land in the Sierra National Forest.
The son of a man killed in a home invasion robbery early Monday said he had no idea why anyone would target his dad.
Kelsey Fagundes, El Nido, is a new junior member of the American Angus Association, said Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national organization with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo.
Merced County said that on April 6 and 9 non-critical non-public safety Merced County offices and departments will be closed as furlough days.
FRESNO U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said that U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. ONeill sentenced Ramon Torres-Arreola, aka Ramon Torrez, aka Alejandro Torres-Arida, 39, formerly of Livingston, to 27 months in prison for conspiring to grow, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana. He is subject to deportation after his sentence.
Techs 4 Pets will be hold a fundraiser at Rizzonellis Italian Restaurant in Atwater on April 21. It's a takeout Italian dinner served from 2-4 p.m. that includes chicken parmesan, rigatoni, salad and bread. Tickets are $10 each and profits go directly towards helping animals in need. To buy tickets or for more information about the event, contact Tina Capizzi at (209) 631-4156 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Community Blood Drive will be held at the Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 7th Street, on April 12, from 3-7 p.m. Donate a pint of blood and receive a coupon meal hosted by the Livingston/Delhi Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary. You will also get a free T-shirt from the Blood Source. For more information call Denis Wells at (209) 394-2059 or visit www.vfwlivingston.com. Walk-ins are welcome.
Average retail gasoline prices in California have fallen 2.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.29 a gallon Sunday. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.89 a gallon, according to gasoline price website CaliforniaGasPrices.com.
AQI Forecast for 4/2/2012: 41 Good (O3)
AQI Forecast for 4/1/2012: 42 Good (O3)
Merced Sun-Star reporters Ameera Butt, Mike North and Joshua Emerson Smith and editors Victor Patton and Brandon Bowers discuss the weeks news in Merced County.
AQI Forecast for 3/31/2012: 36 Good (O3)
What new businesses want in a community, the joys of collecting coins and new deals at the Merced County Fair are some of this weeks topics on Community Conversations, a public service program on KYOS.
Approving two employee contracts and consideration of an ordinance to fund water meters are on the Merced City Council agenda for Monday night.
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A grand opening celebration for The Cookie Ladys Bakery and Cafe is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the business, located at 709 W. Main St. in downtown Merced.
The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) urged Californians to celebrate Earth Day in April at one of the many community events planned statewide. We want people to get outside, meet their neighbors, and renew their commitment to a sustainable lifestyle, CalRecycle Director Caroll Mortensen said in a news release. Earth Day is just one day a year, but we all need to think about environmental stewardship as a lifelong commitment. Communities are commemorating the 42nd annual Earth Day with exhibits, festivals, and cleanup events. CalRecycles Earth Day Webpage features a comprehensive calendar of such events, including details and web links for more information. While Earth Day is officially celebrated this year on Sunday, April 22, events will take place from early April through the end of May. The webpage also includes helpful recycling tips, reasons to recycle, green living guidelines, and a primer on where waste goes after it is picked up at the curb. Among the statewide calendar listings: From April 21-29, admission fees will be waived at more than 100 national parks, including state attractions like Yosemite, Sequoia-Kings Canyon, Muir Woods, and Death Valley. In addition, the California State Parks Foundation is recruiting volunteers for 18 major park restoration and cleanup projects on Saturday, April 14, in honor of Earth Day. CalRecycle has been developing new programs and tools to help Californians continue their commitment to environmental protection and keep our state the nations leader in recycling and waste diversion. As the state works toward its recycling goal of 75 percent by the year 2020, new recycling programs will begin this summer for many California businesses, multifamily housing units, and schools. CalRecycles new Commercial Climate Calculator will help them assess the financial and environmental...
Representatives from the California National Guard (CNG) headquarters will join Dollar General Saturday at their 10,000th store opening in Merced.
Golden Valley Health Centers will open the newest addition to their Merced main campus in South Merced the Senior Health and Wellness Center.
Pianist Tara Kamangar, praised as a "huge talent" by the London Evening Standard, will play alongside the Merced Symphony at the Merced Theatre Foundations Grand Reopening Gala April 21.
Junior Leadership Merced, a program of the Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce, graduated its largest class yet on March 21 at the Merced Senior Center.
A Merced woman was charged in Fresno federal court Thursday with possessing methamphetamine and cocaine with an intent to distribute.
AQI Forecast for 3/30/2012: 42 Good (PM2.5)
The Merced County Schools Annual Education Report will be released Saturday as an insert in the Sun-Star and available online.
Average White Band will perform June 14 at the 2012 Merced County Fair.
The Downtown Life Magazine (www.thedlm.com) and the Merced County Arts Council's will bring all-ages music Friday with a lineup that features four area bands.
CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), a Santa Ana-based provider of information, analytics and business services, today released its National Foreclosure Report for February, which provides monthly data on completed foreclosures, foreclosure inventory and 90+ delinquency rates.
WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, Rep. Jeff Denham supported a JOBS bill that, following bipartisan and bicameral approval, has been sent to the Presidents desk for a signature.
AQI Forecast for 3/28/2012: 36 Good (O3)
A Merced man accused of shaking his 7-month-old baby to death last year won't face new criminal charges, Merced County District Attorney Larry Morse II said Tuesday.
Almost Heaven: The Music of John Denver, a concertstyle musical that features close to thirty songs made famous by singer, songwriter John Denver, begins a three-weekend run on the Playhouse Merced mainstage Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 31
Pacheco State Park will celebrate the 9th Annual Wildflower Day from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Visitors will be able to go to tables staffed by local volunteers from the California Native Plant Society, California Department of Fish and Game, and State Parks, etc. to learn about this beautiful wilderness state park as well as other recreational opportunities in the area. There will be free arts and crafts for children. For more information, call (209) 826-6283 or (209) 826-1197 or visit www.parks.ca.gov/events.
Susan Regerts Gallery is at Slaters Furniture, 345 W. 18th St. through April. The gallery is open Monday-Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Merced County Certified Farmers Market is each Saturday from 7 a.m.-noon at the corner of 19th and N. streets.
Los Banos Certified Farmers Market, 7 a.m.-noon at Highway 152 and Pacheco Park.
Cursed performs from 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. at the Star Club, 1331 W. Main St., Merced. There is no cover charge. You must be at least 21 years old to enter.
Sunday, April 1
Central Valley Farmers Market is open every Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2877 Atwater Blvd., Atwater. There are lots of vendors on site and EBT is accepted.
Tuesday, April 3
Gustine Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m. at Harry Schmidt Park on Santa Nella Road, Gustine.
Wednesday, April 4
Jam session every Wednesday night from 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. at the Star Club, 1331 W. Main St., Merced. There is no cover charge. You must be at least 21 years old to enter.
At R-Bar, 1603 V St., Merced hosts 8-ball competition every Wednesday night. Sign-ups at 6 p.m., game starts at 7. Twenty players only, $5 buy-in.
Buhach Farmer's Market is open every Wednesday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 4814 Clover Avenue, Atwater. Take the Buhach Exit off Hi...
The Merced County Sheriff's Department is looking for Guillermo Sanchez, a 21-year-old man wanted on suspicion of burglary and passing bad checks. His bail is set at $40,000. He was last seen in the Los Banos area.
SACRAMENTO New legislation by Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) to simplify the process for removing a public official from office for willful or corrupt misconduct in office today received bipartisan support from the California Senate Standing Committee on Public Safety.
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Merced County (CASA) will hold its second annual fundraiser, "Jammin for CASA, April 28 at 6 p.m. at the Merced County Fairgrounds (Pavilion). Fernando's Bistro will provide dinner and there will be live music and other entertainment.
Rep. Jeff Denham's staff members will host Mobile District Offices in Sonora, Turlock, Oakdale, Waterford, Chowchilla, Oakhurst, and Mariposa this month. During these office hours, Rep. Denhams staff will be on hand to provide assistance to constituents on a variety of services and issues including Medicare, Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Internal Revenue Services and matters regarding federal legislation. Feel free to call the Modesto Office, (209) 579-5458 or the Fresno Office, (559) 449-2490 for additional information, the congressman's office said in a news release.
Foreclosure rates in Merced have decreased for the month of January over the same period last year, according to newly released data from CoreLogic in a news release.
St. Anthony School is accepting applications for 2012-2013 school year. St. Anthony School is preschool--8th grade, where students learn in a small class environment with emphasis on faith, academics, discipline, values and morals, the school said in a news release. Fine art, sports, and student govenment are additional, optional choices. In the news release, the school said its students "excel in many areas, receive awards, win community writing contests and go on to excel in high school and college." There will be a Kindergarten Preview Night on Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in Room V. Also on Sunday, April 1, at 11 a.m. there will be an open house to meet teachers, visit clasrooms, find out more about what St. Anthony School has to offer and enroll for next school year, the news release said.
AQI Forecast for 3/27/2012: 44 Good (O3)
FRESNO U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner and U.S. Forest Service Special Agent in Charge Scott Harris said that one defendant was sentenced today for growing marijuana in the Stanislaus National Forest, and two defendants pleaded guilty in a second case to growing marijuana in the Sequoia National Forest.
The Merced College Office of Continuing Education will offer two Mature Driver Improvement noncredit classes for community residents over the age of 55.
Emanuel Medical Center will offer the following classes and support groups in April. For information, visit emanuelmedicalcenter.org.
Jessicas House (Grief Support for Children and Families)
The bi-monthly, hour-and-a-half sessions begin with a talking circle for the children and teens and conclude with activities offered in the art studio and/or play room. There is no set number of sessions; families are welcome to participate for as long as they feel support is needed. Groups are forming now and begin the last week in April. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register for a group, call 250-5395.
Childbirth Education A one-day childbirth education class will be held April 7 from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. After the class, participants will tour the Mary Stuart Rogers Family Birthing Center. The class is held at Emanuel Medical Center in Conference Room C; the tour meets in the front lobby. The class and tour are free, but pre-registration is required. Call 664-2580.
Living with Diabetes This two-day class is for people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or those looking for a refresher in diabetes management. There is no charge for the class but physician referral required. Call Diabetes Services at 664-2583 for information and to register. April 24 and April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Emanuel Medical Center in Conference Room C.
Free Blood Pressure Check April 10 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Education Training Room in the East Wing of Emanuel Medical Center.
Basic Life Support
Provider Course - American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare for Providers...
The following videos of the 2012 Kiki Raina Tahiti Fete were uploaded to YouTube.
A line of girls, 13 to 15 years old, swayed and moved to the beat of drums, wearing colorful skirts and opulent headdresses of red feathers, flowers, straw and seashells Friday afternoon at the Merced County Fairgrounds.The girls were trying to show the judges their individual dance moves in hopes of moving on in the competition later today.
Merced police have arrested a man who they say robbed Smiley's Shell gas station twice this month.
The third annual Young Women's Conference will be held March 31 at Livingston Middle School in Livingston from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It is a free event offered to all seventh- to twelfth-grade girls and organizers expect more than 300 people to attend.
Are you a fan of John Denver? Did you ever write him a fan letter? Did he write back to you? If so, Playhouse Merced would like include them for their upcoming production of "Almost Heaven: The Music of John Denver."
NEWMAN -- A Los Banos man died Sunday after the car he was driving veered off the road and struck several almond trees west of Newman, authorities said.
The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) department at the Merced County Association of Governments (MCAG) has had a role in the redistricting process for a dozen school districts in Merced and Nevada counties, as well as a water district in San Joaquin County.
Average retail gasoline prices in California have fallen 1.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.32/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.86/g, according to gasoline price website CaliforniaGasPrices.com.
AQI Forecast for 3/26/2012: 41 Good (O3)
A motorcyclist from Denair was killed early Saturday on Highway 99 south of Taylor Road in Modesto when he apparently lost control and hit a chain-link fence.
AQI Forecast for 3/25/2012: 37 Good (O3)
A married couple, who are groundskeepers at Los Banos Unified School District, have been arrested for offenses related to child molestation, police said Friday.
AQI Forecast for 3/24/2012: 37 Good (O3)
WestEd, the Program for Infant Toddler Care and the California Department of Education's Child Development Division will recognize Merced College's Child Development Center as the newest program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) Demonstration Program during a Gala Celebration on March 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the College's Child Development Center.
Camp Green Meadows summer program, the second Annual Falcon Spring Classic Track Meet and upcoming aikido classes are some of this weeks topics on Community Conversations, a public service program on KYOS.
AQI Forecast for 3/23/2012: 30 Good (O3)
Grace Reyes, a Merced County student, was recognized March 21 by California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom's Imagine this... Story Writing Contest.
WASHINGTON, DC Rep. Jeff Denham, chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, held a hearing today at the Cotton Annex, an empty federal building that has been sitting vacant for years on prime real estate in the nations capital. At the hearing, Denham and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL), called for an end to the wasteful mismanagement and underutilization of federal assets across the country that costs taxpayers billions of dollars. GSA cant keep sitting on valuable assets like this one, said Denham in a news release. Despite our budget deficit, GSA continues to operate as if its business as usual. This is unacceptable and costly to the taxpayer. We know there have been a number of proposals for the redevelopment of this site, yet GSA has acted on none of them. This is exactly why I introduced, and the House passed, the Civilian Property Realignment Act to get agencies like GSA to get rid of or redevelop unneeded properties. Today, Senator Brown announced he will introduce CPRA in the Senate in bipartisan fashion, bringing this bill one step closer to becoming law. U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) testified at todays hearing that he was introducing a Senate bill that would be companion legislation to Denhams Civilian Property Realignment Act (H.R. 1734). H.R. 1734 would significantly improve federal real property management, and create savings by shrinking the federal footprint and selling or redeveloping underutilized buildings through a BRAC-like process. This legislation has the potential to save taxpayers approximately $15 billion. Fighting waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government is not a partisan issue, said Senator Brown. Saving taxpayer dollars is not a partisan objective. So I am p...
SACRAMENTO The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has unveiled its Commercial Climate Calculator to help businesses evaluate the benefits of reducing waste, including cost savings. CalRecycles online calculator complements Air Resources Board and Department of Toxic Substances Control tools developed for use by businesses, industry, and the general public to gauge their carbon footprint and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a news release. With Californias new commercial recycling requirement soon to take effect, were working hard to provide tools like this so California businesses, schools, and others can develop their own blueprint to achieve success, CalRecycle Director Caroll Mortensen said in the news release. The calculator will help Californians see that recycling and waste reduction make sense for our environment and their bottom line. Two-thirds of Californias waste is generated by the commercial sector. AB 341, recently signed into law by Governor Brown, requires expanded recycling by businesses, multi-family residential buildings of 5 units or more, schools, and other public entities if they produce 4 or more cubic yards of waste per week. CalRecycles Commercial Climate Calculator is available at http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Climate/Calculator/default.htm in a downloadable spreadsheet format. It is designed for virtually any California business, multi-family residential building, or public entity such as a government agency, to evaluate the financial and environmental benefits of reducing waste and recycling discarded materials. Businesses can use the calculator to model waste reduction or recycling scenarios, estimate the associated diversion from landfills and resulting cost savings, as well as learn the climate change benefits of reduced greenhouse gas emissions. CalRecycl...
UC Merceds School of Engineering and the Stanislaus Tutoring and Mentoring Program will present a professional mentoring seminar March 23 from 2:30 to 3:20 p.m. at COB116 on the UC Merced campus.
Arts Council Events ARTS COUNCIL SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The Merced County Arts Council Inc., is seeking to fill the role of Executive Director, due to the departure of Staci Santa when she and her husband relocate to Tucson, Arizona in June. The Board is seeking a director who can continue the Art Council's tradition of offering a wide variety of high quality exhibitions, programs, and activities to everyone in Merced County. For more information or to view the job description, contact Merced County Arts Council at www.artsmerced.org or (209) 388-1090 or at the Arts Council office at 645 W. Main St., Merced. Interested applicants may submit a cover letter and resume by March 31, 2012. SAVEMART CARDS If you are using your SaveMart SHARES card when you grocery shop, then THANK YOU for so far raising almost $2,000 this fiscal year! Using your card every time you shop makes a huge difference. It doesn't cost you extra, and it means the world to the Arts Council. RALEY'S QUALITY OF LIFE CARDS Just restocked! If you shop at Raley's and don't have a Quality of Life card, contact Bo at 388-1090 x11 or firstname.lastname@example.org to have one mailed to you today. Remember: an arts center can only exist in a community that supports it. If you can, donate online at www.artsMerced.org, either in installments (say $10/month) or in one lump sum. Every penny counts! Playhouse Merced presents... "Parade," a musical that dramatizes the historic trial of Leo Frank, who was accused of murdering his young employee, begins a three-weekend run on the Playhouse Merced mainstage Friday, March 9, 2012 at 7:30 pm. The show is rated M = Mature Themes, Situations and / or Language. For information and tickets, please visit www.playhousemerced.com or call(209) 725-8587 33rd Annual KIKI RAINA TAHITI FETE The 33rd Annual Kiki Raina Tahiti Fete will be held at the Merced County Fairgrounds on Friday, March ...
AQI Forecast for 3/22/2012: 41 Good (O3)
WASHINGTON, D.C. Rep. Jeff Denham, a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, discussed the effects rising gas prices are having on California families and farmers at a full committee hearing today.
This week's Maddy Report airing on Friday at 7 p.m. on KVPT (Valley Public Television) is:
The city of Chowchilla said it installed 159 new light-emitting diode, or LED, street lights, replacing old high-pressure sodium bulbs.
Camp Green Meadows is piloting a new summer recreation camp to incoming sixth- through eighth-graders.
CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), a Santa Ana-based provider of information, analytics and business services, reported today that the current residential shadow inventory as of January 2012 was 1.6 million units (6-months' supply), approximately the same level reported in October 2011.
AQI Forecast for 3/21/2012: 40 Good (O3)
St. Anthony School in Atwater will hold an assembly March 22 to recognize and present awards to the six students who were regional winners in the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom Story Writing Contest.
4 RIBBON CUTTINGS! THIS WEEK! Alpha Pregnancy Help Center 700 Loughborough Drive, Suite A, Merced Tuesday, March 20th, **5:30pm** Please bring a friend and join Alpha Pregnancy Help Center celebrate our new location. If you have not been able to take a tour of the new facility this is your chance! NEXT WEEK! Fresno Pacific University - Merced Center 3379 G Street, Bldg. P, Merced Tuesday, March 27th, **9am**
Energy Service Corps (ESC) is a joint program with Calprig and AmeriCorps which tries to educate communities on how to be more energy-efficient. The ESC at UC Merced provides free home surveys to help residents in Merced save energy in their homes through such simple actions as changing their light bulbs from incandescent to compact florescent light bulbs and using power strips.
The Merced County Chamber of Commerce will hold its first quarter luncheon April 12 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Branding Iron Restaurant.
The 2012 Merced County Fairs Exhibitors Handbook, including entry forms, is available at www.MercedCountyFair.com. To go directly to the online exhibitors handbook: www.MercedCountyFair.com/pages/fair/handbook.html
Gallery on the Square will hold an opening reception March 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. to celebrate the opening of painter Oscar Torress new show In Search of Meaning at the gallery, 1636 Canal St (on Bob Hart Square). For more information call (209) 617-1384.
AQI Forecast for 3/20/2012: 36 Good (PM2.5)
United Way of Merced County will hold a Day of Action/Community Volunteer Day April 14 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Merced County Food Bank, 2000 W. Olive. Ave. Please RSVP at (209) 383-4242. Children over 10 must be accompanied by a parent.
Dairy producer Dante Migliazzo has been re-elected to serve as member-at-large on the executive committee of the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), the promotional arm of the state's dairy farmers.
The series of storms that swept through California over the weekend provided much-needed water for Merced County growers. However, the storms fell far short of providing significant precipitation and snowpack needed to pull the region out of a dry year, according to a news release from the Merced Irrigation District.
WINTON -- A 25-year-old man was wounded Sunday after he was shot during a drive-by shooting, the Merced County Sheriff's Department said. The man was struck once in his upper thigh, shattering his femur.
UC Merced said Monday that Peter Balakian, an award-winning author and leading voice of the Armenian Genocide recognition, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Alice and Clifford Spendlove Prize in Social Justice, Diplomacy and Tolerance.
A Journey tribute band will perform June 16 at the Merced County Fair.
Merced College Concert Band will perform March 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Merced College Theater. Sandra Stocking will be the guest conductor. Regular admission is $8, students and seniors $5.
Average retail gasoline prices in California have fallen 1.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.34/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.80/g, according to gasoline price website CaliforniaGasPrices.com.
The Merced County housing market remains unaffordable to over half of renters in the area, according to Out of Reach 2012, a nationwide comparison of housing wages (how much a household must earn to afford to rent a modest home).
The data were compiled by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, and released locally by the California Coalition for Rural Housing, both advocacy groups The report finds that a Merced worker must earn $15.17 hourly, or over $31,000 annually, to afford the $789 rent for a typical two-bedroom apartment. The median Merced County renter household income is only $21,000, putting a two-bedroom apartment out of reach for 54 percent of the renting population.
The report also showed that California is one of the most expensive states in the country; second only to Hawaii. The truth is California has been well behind in housing production for decades, said Rob Wiener, Executive Director at CCRH in a news release. The current supply of affordable rental homes has remained static while the demand continues to grow. This has been exacerbated by the slashing of housing funds at all levels, funds that have effectively created housing options in the past.
Wiener continued in the release, "The California legislature is currently reviewing a bill, SB 1220, that will create a permanent funding source for affordable housing. It is the Housing Opportunity and Market Stabilization (HOMeS) Act introduced by Senator Mark DeSaulnier and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. It proposes a modest fee to real estate document recordings, a small fraction of any transaction. Other states have it. If Californians are tired of being at the top of the Out of Reach list, they should let their State Senators and Assembly Members know."
Two agencies have been awarded $350,000 in funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care Program facilitated by the Merced County Association of Governments (MCAG).
Hinds Hospice Angel Babies Bebitos Angelitos of Merced will host the annual Walk of Remembrance on April 21 at the Scout Hut at Applegate Park in Merced. The Walk of Remember is intended to the awareness of pregnancy and infant loss while raising funds for the Angel Babies program, according to a news release.
Accepting the donation of five defibrillators and approving the lease for a music studio are on the agenda for the Merced City Council agenda for its Monday night meeting.
The Courthouse Museum's "Celebrating Women in Merced County History" Exhibit opening slideshow can be 'liked' on facebook.com/mercedmuseum. Enjoy! The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. Rep. Jeff Denham announced the United States Capitol Historical Society (USCHS) is holding its first annual student essay contest. The topic for 2012 is The Role of Informed Citizenship in Making Democracy Work and is open to students across the country in grades 6 through 12. This essay competition is a wonderful way for our students to get involved in a positive and productive conversation about our founding principles, Denham said in a news release. I encourage the students of Californias 19th Congressional District to participate and share their generations reflections on citizenship and democracy with the rest of the nation. Middle school students in grades 6 through 8 may participate in the junior division, and high school students in grades 9 through 12 will compete in the senior division. Specific essay criteria will differ between divisions, but all essay submissions must be received by email or mail postmarked no later than Friday, June 15, 2012. Winners will be recognized at the annual meeting of the US Capitol Historical Society in DC. All entrants will be notified by email or US mail by Sept. 13. The top three entries in both the junior and senior divisions will receive a monetary prize, and the first place winners will be flown to Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2012. Each division will also recognize the top 50 entries with honorable mentions. The USCHS was established in 1962 as a nonpartisan, not-for-profit educational and informational resource on the history of the Capitol and Congress. More specific information on the requirements and guidelines of the 2012 essay competition can be found on the USCHS website at http://www.uschs.org/278/2012-uschs-student-essay-contest.htm.
AQI Forecast for 3/18/2012: 34 Good (O3)
The viral video "Kony 2012," making the rounds on YouTube and Facebook this month, has generated calls for attention to Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, a Ugandan guerrilla group accused of ordering the abduction of children to become sex slaves and soldiers. In October 2005, Sun-Star photographer Bea Ahbeck photographed some of the rehabilitation centers in Uganda where child soldiers, many sustaining severe wounds, and others displaced by war, sought safe haven.
The Merced City Council will consider lease agreements Monday with a recording studio and an election services company for space in the Bell Station building on 18th Street.
Two Jumbo Jack burgers were allegedly enough incentive for one Fresno man to attempt to deliver a stolen truck from Planada to Mariposa on Thursday.