Planada students enjoy career-oriented health fair

The students of Cesar E. Chavez Middle School in Planada participated in a Health and Wellness fair last Friday to promote healthy lifestyles and encourage students to go into the medical field. Teachers at the school, under the leadership of Principal Ildefonso Nava have created a school-wide, cross-curricular unit of study where the students have…

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Merced Organizing Project: Locals weigh in on Obama’s new immigration action

A blur of mixed feelings. That’s how Merced County immigration advocates and members of mixed status families would best describe their reaction to President Barack Obama’s executive order that promises to shield more than 4 million unauthorized immigrants from deportation. For Adriana Meza, 23, Obama’s announcement on Thursday night lifted a big weight off her…

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Noted photojournalist speaks in Merced about migrant children crisis

Award-winning photojournalist David Bacon stopped by Merced on Monday night to start a local conversation about the growing crisis of migrant children in California. Bacon has covered issues of labor, immigration and international politics for almost 20 years. He travels to Mexico, Central American countries and the Philippines frequently, where he documents the lives of…

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Covered California bus stops in Merced to promote open enrollment

“I’m in.” Those are the two words Covered California officials hope more than 500,000 Californians will be able to say after signing up for health coverage during this year’s second open enrollment period, which starts Saturday. Covered California launched a 21-city bus tour to promote the kickoff of the second open enrollment period. The bus…

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Merced Youth Council funded

Merced’s Youth Council has been given a budget of $12,500 this fiscal year, but any unspent money will not be guaranteed next year after a vote this week by the Merced City Council. A 5-2 vote from City Council approved giving the money to the council made up of young people. Mayor Stan Thurston cast…

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Youth center coming back to south Merced park

Thaddeus Miller MercedSunStar.com 11/30/2014 Youth advocates are celebrating something of a victory after receiving approval last week to run the McNamara Park Youth Center in Merced. With a unanimous vote, the Merced City Council gave a team of five nonprofits the keys to the building where after-school programs for underprivileged youths will be offered in…

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