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Prather Resident Named Cal Fire's Second-in-Command

Prather resident Craig Tolmie is the new chief deputy director for Cal Fire. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tolmie's appointment last Friday. Tolmie, 50, has been the assistant region chief at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention, Southern Region since 2015. Listen to this article: Fire Protection, Forest Management...

1 Dead, 9 Hospitalized in Hazmat Spill Near Los Banos

LOS BANOS — One person has died after a hazardous material spill, and nine others were taken to a hospital for treatment. Merced County Sheriff's Deputy Daryl Allen says the spill happened around noon Thursday in a rural area near Los Banos, about 80 miles east of San Jose. He...