'Community Conversations' to feature winterizing your pets, Oprah, crime and ponies

Winterizing your pets, tracking crime in your neighborhood, ponies and Oprah are discussed this week on “Community Conversations,” a public service program on KYOS.

The hour-long show focuses on community, education and government news affecting residents throughout Merced County. It airs on KYOS, 1480 AM, at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The weekend lineup includes: Veterinarian Jon Klingborg on winterizing your pets; Dos Palos City Manager Darrell Fonseca with an update on Dos Palos; Merced Police Department Crime Analyst Lance Eber about the new Crimemapping.com software that lets you track crimes in your neighborhood; Amie Marchini, owner of Park Merced and Mission Gardens, on her recent trip to the Oprah Winfrey Show; Lou Ann Exum of Cathys Valley about her Wayward Ponies' Home; and Lindsey Johnson from the Merced Parks and Community Services Department about the City’s new Healthy Eating and Active Living Program on healthier lifestyles.

The host is Nathan Quevedo, public information officer for the Merced County Office of Education, and Rick McMillion from KYOS is the engineer. The show is produced by MCOE, Roger Wood, Mike Conway from the City of Merced Public Information Office, and Scott Hernandez-Jason of UC Merced, in association with the county of Merced and Merced College.

Go to www.mercedcommunityconversations.com for past episodes of Community Conversations.