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Sustainability starts with family: Ballico almond growers find solution to future close to home

By Jonathan Whitaker
July 17, 2014

Step inside the family home at JP Ranches in Ballico, and it's just natural to find three generations of farmers sitting around the kitchen table, sipping coffee and chatting about the almond crop, local politics and their beloved San Francisco Giants — whose recent slide in the standings has them shaking their heads in frustration.
What's rather surprising, however, is that all the growers in the room — all three of them — are women.

Merced Chamber honors community standouts

By John Derby
July 17, 2014

The Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce Installation and Awards ceremony was billed as a combination “Casino night” and dinner at the Gateway Gardens last Friday night.
About 150 people attended the 78th annual event which featured the swearing-in of new board members and six award presentations.
The chamber’s Jennifer Krumm officiated the awards presentation, and Merced City Councilman Josh Pedrozo conducted the Installation of the Board ceremony.    

Who is saving water — and who is not?

By John Derby
July 17, 2014

Now we are going into the penalty phase of water usage, however, before we start penalizing the people who live in the Central Valley, let’s look at the statistics.    MORE>

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