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Staffer Caught Up in Merced Legislator’s Political Rift. It Involves Valley Water, Too

Adam Gray, like his 79 other colleagues in the California Assembly, is supposed to be in Sacramento this week conducting the people's business. Because of COVID-19, the Legislature's return has been delayed until Jan. 11. When Gray does resume work in the state's capital, he might be happy to see...

Merced’s World Champion Sandwich Maker Adds to Her Legend

Two-time World Sandwich champion Kelli Fairchild-Cochran has added to her culinary laurels. The Merced caterer finished fourth at "Final Table: Indy" this month, winning $2,000. The Indianapolis competition hosted by World Food Championships was filmed for a one-hour television special airing Oct. 3 on Cooking Channel. She Won WFC's Main...

Without a Trace: This California County Has Stopped Contact Tracing as Coronavirus Surges

A month ago, everyone in Merced County infected with the coronavirus got a call from county officials, asking questions about whom they’d come in contact with. It’s a tracing process that experts say is critical to stopping the spread of the highly infectious disease. Now, facing a five-fold increase in...