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Community leader, police standout Joe Cortez laid to rest

There was a heart-wrenching, somber and unavoidable realization in the air this week as the Honor Guard fired three volleys from their rifles, and the bugler played Taps. Joseph “Joe” Cortez — Army veteran, retired police commander, former City Council member, and Honor Guard volunteer — is no longer with us. Cortez passed away more than…

Follow the Easter Bunny to the Merced Mall

Center Court at Merced Mall came alive as the Easter Bunny made his annual holiday appearance last Saturday. On hand to welcome the Easter Bunny were the sweet little students of Denisa's School of Dance, who later entertained those in attendance with a variety of holiday dances. The young dancers kept the crowds attention with their…

Rural Justice Summit rocks Multicultural Arts Center

The Merced Multicultural Arts Center was filled with UC Merced students and residents alike last Saturday as UC Merced’s 2019 Rural Justice Summit got underway. The event included pop-up, meet-ups with conversation topics like home restaurants, the Green New Deal, decolonizing wealth, food, poetry & collective imagination, equitable food…