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Exploring the amazing museums of Mariposa

While traveling from Merced to Yosemite National Park on Highway 140, and enjoying the beautiful scenery along the way, one can make a stop after a leisurely 40-minute drive and find yourself in a charming, preserved Gold Rush town called Mariposa (which is Spanish for Butterfly). Though Mariposa was known as part of the beginnings…

Historic photos capture our community spirit

By Sarah Lim Merced County Historical Society’s 32nd Annual Bill Kirby Western BBQ/Auction on Sept. 12 is around the corner. As always, this popular event is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and our auction is most anticipated by history lovers. This year is no exception, as reprints of our vintage photos will go home with the…

Local resident remembering Tony Bennett

By Steve Newvine Special to the Times When I learned Tony Bennett passed away on July 21 at the age of 96, two thoughts crossed my mind. One was about the song he wrote and debuted right here in the Valley. The other was how I power walked up Nob Hill in San Francisco just to see his statue a few years ago. The singer could interpret…

UC Merced Drone Team soars to new heights

By Patty Guerra After seven months of working for hours each weekend to design, build and fly a drone, it all came down to a nervous moment for UC Merced students taking part in a worldwide competition. Their drone had to be suspended between two poles and held together while weight was placed inside it. "We were a little bit nervous,"…