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Love Letter To YARTS

Despite “Gateway to Yosemite” being such a ubiquitous statement in Merced, I never feel like I go as often as I should. Sometimes years pass between visits, every trip delayed because of the logistical nightmare. Making sure the car is up to snuff, securing enough coffee for the drive, and a general fear of driving alongside cliffs…

Playhouse Merced in financial crisis

Nearly a month after Playhouse Merced parted ways with its artistic director, members of the Board of Directors revealed the nonprofit organization is running out of money, and the upcoming 30th show season at the popular downtown venue is in doubt. During a well-attended public meeting on June 26, the PHM board presented a financial report…

Atwater poised for citywide Fourth of July celebration

Atwater’s annual Fourth of July community blast — a longtime favorite of Merced County residents — will be returning for its 61st year with a full day of events all over town. The Run for Independence, hosted by the Merced Running Club, kicks off the day at 7:30 a.m., beginning and ending at Ralston Park. The run includes both…

Protesters set up camp, display signs at UC Merced

While the chairs from UC Merced’s graduation were being folded and removed from the lawn, just a few hundred feet away tents were going up. UC Merced has become the most recent in a series of universities to become the site of student-lead encampments protesting the war in Gaza and university investments that support Israel. Last…