Newman spring cleanup canceled

The Newman spring cleanup event, along with a tire amnesty and household hazardous waste disposal, have been canceled due to the COVID-19 crisis, officials announced last week.

The events were initially scheduled to take place the week of March 30 to April 4.

Merced County Mosquito Abatement

The Merced County Mosquito Abatement District is taking proactive measures to protect its staff and community to lessen the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The District has closed its facilities to the public as a precautionary measure to help decrease the spread of COVID-19. Individual service requests and in-person property inspections will be postponed through Friday, April 3. The official start of district operations is April 6th and a reassessment of social distancing will be reevaluated at that time.  

“As a public health agency, we need to prioritize the health and safety of our staff and residents,” said General Manager Rhiannon Jones. “Our Mosquito Control Technicians will continue to monitor and treat for mosquitoes in public areas, such as, gutters, drains, pastures, wetlands, and dairy lagoons. Even though we are limiting access into our District office, we will continue to operate critical programs to ensure mosquito populations don’t get out of hand. Although many people are focused on coronavirus, mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile Virus (WNV), continue to be present year after year in our community.” 

It is important to remember that COVID-19 is not transmitted through the bite of a mosquito. However, other viruses, such as WNV, can be. Therefore, residents are asked to be proactive in the coming weeks while they stay close to home by eliminating mosquito sources inside and around their property. Those steps include dumping any standing water in which mosquitoes can breed, and ensuring that pools, spas and ponds are properly maintained.

Residents are also encouraged to avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are present and defend themselves against mosquitoes by using EPA-recommended repellents.

For more information call the Merced County Mosquito Abatement District at 722-1527 or visit  

Newman Fire

Personnel from the Newman Fire Department and West Stanislaus Fire Protection District’s Newman station responded to 18 calls for service from March 16-22. Fire Chief Keith Bowen said responses included nine medical aid calls, one working structure fire, one fire assist, three fire alarms, one potential structure fire, one smoke check and two “other” types of calls.

West Side weather

Newman resident Marge Carvalho, an observer for the National Weather Service, reported the following high/low temperatures and rainfall amounts for the past week. Readings for the previous 24-hour period are taken at 5 p.m. daily.

Monday, March 16: 57/37, with .49 inches of rain

Tuesday, March 17: 60/37, with .13 inches of rain

Wednesday, March 18: 63/37, with .01 inches of rain

Thursday, March 19: 66/37, with .26 inches of rain

Friday, March 20: 70/35

Saturday, March 21: 69/35, with .07 inches of rain

Sunday, March 22: 73/35, with .01 inches of rain