Classroom instruction, spring sports and a host of school-related activities have come to a halt with the statewide closure of schools due to the COVID-19 crisis.
High school seniors eagerly anticipating class trips, prom, commencement and so much more in the busy final weeks of their time at Orestimba and Gustine high schools last week found themselves facing the new reality that those special moments may never be experienced.
Two local physicians are encouraging patients to postpone routine, non-essential visits, implementing extra office precautions and stressing the importance of social distancing in battling the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Gustine Unified School District has launched a free meal program to serve youth under the age of 18 through the closure of local schools. Above, workers distributed meals Friday at Gustine Elementary School. See A2 for story.
In light of the uncertainty about whether schools will re-open before the end of the school year, a number of seniors at Orestimba High took matters into their own hands last Wednesday by holding their own impromptu graduation ceremony. Wearing caps and gowns left over from their Yolo Middle…
The growing COVID-19 crisis and increasing restrictions established in an effort to curb the spread of the virus has reshaped everyday life on the West Side and changed the landscape of downtown business districts.
In the last few months I have driven a good part of California, from north to south, on various trips for business and pleasure. I went through part of the Livermore Valley just recently and noticed large swaths of undeveloped ground. This land was idle - it has not yet been developed into h…
Merced County Farm Bureau has a proud history of giving back to our local communities through various donations, participation in local field days and scholarship programs. This year has been no different and our “Salute to Ag” is to focus on the deserving students and teachers that have wor…
As a third-generation farmer and member of Congress for the past 15 years, I work every day to support California agriculture. Our farmers, ranchers and dairymen and women do an incredible job to create an abundance of the healthiest food produced in the world for America’s dinner tables. A…
Anyone who eats food should care about our farmers. But not enough do. People in Washington can’t see beyond their dinner plate and have no idea where their food comes from. Our farmers deserve respect and support from everyone – especially our elected officials.
Farmers have no end of worries: Will it rain too little? Will it rain too much? What is ailing the bees? Will the price of nuts be high enough to cover my costs?
NEWMAN - A local farming operation which takes almonds from orchard to shelled meats is undergoing an extensive renovation to increase capacity of its rural Newman processing facility.
Merced County farmers and ranchers produced commodities valued at $3.25 billion in 2018, continuing a series of declines which followed a record year in 2014.
Stanislaus County farmers and ranchers produced agricultural commodities valued at $3.5 million in 2018, a decline of 2 percent from the 2017 value of $3.6 million.
GUSTINE - A family farming operation with solid roots in the Gustine area continues to thrive today under the direction of a third-generation member.
On March 7, UC Davis held the first field day in California for the FFA judging teams. Gustine FFA had multiple teams attend the competition, including food science, floral judging, livestock judging, dairy judging and meat judging.
Kitchen volunteers stayed busy Monday evening at the Al Goman Center as they packaged takeout linguica sandwich meals at a dinner to raise funds for Gustine’s Fourth of July Committee.
GUSTINE - School board members last week gave the Gustine Unified School District’s financial advisor the green light to explore the feasibility of a November bond measure to fund additional school facilities.
The Gustine Unified School District will provide free meals to children under 18 years of age during the closure of local campuses due to the COVID-19 virus.
West Side agriculture, in all its many forms, is heading into another year with both the optimism typical of farmers and the challenges that agriculture faces all too many times.
NEWMAN - The city of Newman has started the process of acquiring right-of-way for the eventual expansion of Jensen Road with the $300,000 purchase of a parcel at 219 Jensen.
The spreading COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed life on the West Side with stunning swiftness in recent days, as a handful of cancellations and closures quickly cascaded into a torrent.
West Side voters joined those across the state in going to the polls for the March 3 presidential primary. Following are unofficial results from selected races as the vote count continued earlier this week.
NEWMAN - Adrian Vazquez returned to his West Side roots recently, sharing his story of hard-earned success with eighth-grade students at Yolo Middle School.
Gustine Elementary School students took part in a number of activities last week to celebrate Read Across America. A buddy reading session, in which first-graders read to fourth-graders, brought the week to a close Friday.
Gustine FFA’s 93rd annual stock show was held Feb. 29. This tradition is a great practice for our FFA and Westside 4-H Club members to prepare for both the Spring Fair and the Merced County Fair.
Gustine High baseball and softball teams hosted youth clinics Saturday. Above, head baseball coach Jason Oliveira visits with young participants in the dugout during a break from activities.