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Blue Devil Alumni Driving New Paramedic Training Program

By Luciana Chavez City of Merced Fire Chief Derek Parker was just a volunteer administering shots to Merced County residents when he met Merced College President Chris Vitelli at the school’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic back in February. It was a quick exchange, Vitelli shaking Parker’s hand and saying, “Hey, if you ever want to partner up on…

UC Merced scrambles to house its students

UC Merced officials are optimistic that hundreds of their students facing an unanticipated local housing shortage will have a place to rest their heads this week and throughout the opening of the fall semester. The state fire marshal has agreed to allow additional beds to on-campus housing — up to the maximum capacity — along with some added…

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