Run With Heroes 2018 is hosting a 5k/10k family friendly run at the Federal Prison, located at 1 Federal Way in the city of Atwater at the Jose Rivera Training Center. Registration includes a shirt, finisher’s medal and BBQ Lunch.

This event is to Raise awareness and money to support the West Coast Post Trauma Retreat. Emergency service providers everywhere experience critical incident stress and post trauma reactions. Sometimes these incidents affect their jobs, relationships with loved ones and the overall quality of their lives.

Most responders are able to recover and continue working with the help of friends, debriefing and professional counseling. Some are not. West Coast Post Trauma Retreat is there for those responders to help them heal with dignity and respect. Please help us support each other!

This fundraiser event is one of only 2 treatment facilities in the United States to help first responders and their significant other or spouse.  It’s run COMPLETELY by volunteers.  They will also have a free kids race for ages 10 and under. If you would like to be a sponsor at this event  send a message to their Facebook page at the following link

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The City of Merced Parks and Recreation Department will be providing another summer of family nights for the “Movies in the Park” series. These free movies nights are open to everyone and will be held in different parks throughout Merced.

This year there will be another “dive-in” movie held at the pool and, new this year, there will be a rooftop screening of a movie. The movies will play throughout the summer and end in fall.  Come out for a night of fun, bring your family, friends and neighbors. Don’t forget to bring lawn chairs and a blanket to stay cozy. Movies begin when the sun sets.

For more information on Movies in the Park or other Parks and Recreation Department programs, call 209-385-6235.

Movie Lineup:

May 4: Coco @ Applegate Park Merced Open Air Theatre, 1045 W. 25th Street.

May 18: Wonder Woman @ Rahilly Park, 3400 N. Parsons Ave.

June 1:  Pitch Perfect 3 @ Joe Herb Park, 2200 Yosemite Parkway.

June 15: Wonder @ Rudolph Merino Park, Pacific & El Redondo.

July 29: Black Panther @ Brooks Park, South G. St. & Gerard.

July 13: Lilo & Stitch (Movies at the Pool),@ El Capitan High, 100 Farmland Ave.

July 20: The Ninjago Movie @ McNamara Park, 1040 Canal St.

July 27: A Wrinkle in Time @ Richard Bernasconi Park, 3770 De Soto Way.

Aug. 3: Despicable Me 3 @ Stephen Leonard Park, 7th & T St.

Aug. 24: Star Wars: The Last Jedi @ Elmer Murchie Park, Jacobs Dr.

Sept. 7: UP (Movies on the Roof) @ West America Bank Parking Garage, M & 18th St.

Sept. 21: Avengers : Infinity War @ Carol Gabriault Park, 1601 Willow Dr.

Oct. 5: Hocus Pocus @ Youth Sports Complex, 1800 Blk. Wardrobe Ave.

Oct. 19: Jumanji @ Applegate Park Zoo, 1045 W. 25th.


On April 23rd 2018, At around 10:00PM the city of Merced fire department, Riggs ambulance and Merced Police received numerous calls regarding a structure fire with two kids in the home. The home is located on the 900 block of West 10th Street. Four engines responded, with about 16 firefighters, upon fire engines arriving on scene four minutes later firefighters discovered the fire was in the back side of the home.

Firefighters immediately made entry to the home in which they discovered they had two kid fatalities no gender or age was provided by investigators at that time. Fire investigators, PG&E and Merced police remained on scene as of 1:30AM Tuesday, the structure fire is still under investigation and further updates will be provided at a later time.


The Merced Police Department has arrested a 14-year-old freshman student at Golden Valley High School in connection with Friday’s false report of an active shooter on campus. Merced Police Department School resource Officer Rieg worked diligently to figure out who made the false report.

Through a deliberate investigation Officer Rieg was able to make the arrest. The 14-year-old was booked into Merced County Juvenile Hall for violation of section 626.8 California Penal Code, Disruptive Presence at Schools.

Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this incident to contact Detective Sergeant Rey Alvarez at (209)388-7705, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-7826. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message.


Detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred early this morning inside a home in the 1800 block of Rancho Encantado. Three people are deceased to include two boys, ages 6 and 4.

Detectives believe this is an isolated incident and the suspect involved is not outstanding. The investigation is in the early stages and no other information is available at this time.

Noticia En Español

Detectives estan investigando un homicidio que ocurrio esta manana dentro de una casa en Rancho Encantado. Tres personas han fallecido que incluye a dos ninos, de edades 6 y 4. Detectives creen que esto es un incidente unico y el sospechoso involucrado no esta libre. Esta investigacion esta en las etapas iniciales y no mas informacion esta disponible en este momento.


On today’s date just before 1:00 PM, Atwater Police were dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of Della Drive to a report of a two-year-old child who had fallen in a pool and who was not breathing. APD patrol officers were the first to arrive on-scene and were directed to a juvenile male lying on the living room floor.

Officers immediately began CPR on the child and continued doing so until Cal-Fire and Riggs Ambulance arrived shortly thereafter. The child was transported to the hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. We are not releasing the names of the child or family members out of respect for the family’s privacy during this unfortunate time.

Please keep in mind that as the weather warms up during these next several months, swimming pool use will undoubtedly increase. Pool safety should be on the minds of all of us, especially if you have small children.

Pool fencing requirements vary from state to state and it is recommended that all pool owners be aware of California pool fencing laws for all pools and/or spas erected or remodeled after 2007.


On April 20, 2018 at 11:45 School Resource Officer Keith Rieg was working at Golden Valley High School. He heard a radio transmission over the school portable radio system that there was an active shooter on campus. Officer Rieg immediately relayed the information to the police department. The school was placed on lockdown and a large law enforcement response to the school was initiated.

As officers began to search the campus, there were no additional reports of an active shooter or gunshots. As a precaution the school was evacuated and all students were escorted to an adjoining park (Joe Herb Park). Law enforcement officers from the California Highway Patrol, Merced County Sheriff’s Department, Merced County Probation Department, University of California Merced Police Department, Merced Community College, Livingston Police Department, Los Banos Police Department, and Merced County District Attorney Investigators responded. Merced City Fire Department, Cal Fire and RIGGS Ambulance personnel were also on scene to support the response.

It was determined that the original report was false, and that an unauthorized person may have gotten a hold of a school administration portable radio to make the original broadcast of an active shooter on campus. We are very interested in determining the origin of the original transmission and have launched an active investigation into the incident.

Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this incident to contact Detective Sergeant Rey Alvarez at (209)388-7705, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-7826. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message.


The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jesse Ashton (21) of Mariposa on charges of Involuntary Manslaughter, following the death of his 22- month-old son.

Ashton called 911 on 4/15/2018 at 11:30 am reporting that his child was suffering from a seizure. The child was transported via air ambulance to a central valley hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries later that evening. Mariposa County Sheriff’s Detectives began investigating the child’s death immediately.

As a result of the injuries the child sustained, the investigation along with the Coroner’s forensic exam, Jesse Ashton was arrested. He is currently being held at the Mariposa County Adult Detention Facility on $50,000 bail.


On April 19th, at approximately 10:00 AM, Atwater High School Resource Officer W. Martin, obtained information from a student that a fifteen year old male student of Atwater Valley Community School had recently posted a video to his Snapchat page showing him holding a pistol and making reference to returning to Atwater High in the future. The reporting student felt that the video was very concerning and possibly posed a future threat to students.

SRO Martin subsequently met with SRO Dash at the Atwater Valley campus and conducted an interview of the fifteen year old student. The student, who had recently been removed from Atwater High and placed at Valley Community School for a similar video, admitted to having created the video but stated that the pistol he was holding in the video was only a BB gun and that he did not intend the video to be taken as a threat. The student was arrested and charged with distributing a harassing message via an electronic device and booked into Merced County Juvenile Detention Center. A charge of threatening a school campus is also being recommended for consideration.


Are you an accredited teacher? Become a national park ranger this summer!

Accredited teachers have the opportunity to work for Yosemite National Park. Successful candidates will receive training, a $3,000 stipend, and a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher uniform. The participants spend six weeks working at Yosemite working as a ranger, developing a major educational project, and participating in an online graduate course from CU Denver. The goal of the program is to engage teachers in a deeper understanding of the resources and themes of the National Park Service so that they can return to their schools in the fall and incorporate their new skills into their classroom activities. Summer consists of 80 hours working as a ranger, 80 hours working on a major educational project, 45 hours of online coursework, and 25 hours completing field-based learning opportunities. Successful completion results in three graduate credit hours through University of Colorado.

Before applying, be sure that you meet these basic requirements:
-You are a state-accredited teacher and you are available to work this summer for 6 weeks, 40 hours/week.
-Your school administrator will allow you to conduct in-school programs about Yosemite and the National Park
Service during National Park Week (April 2019).
-You possess the skills to complete the position description. (See below)

2018 Positions
This year, we are looking for teachers who have an interest in:
-Working with our Indian Cultural Program: Work in the Indian Cultural Museum and educate visitors about Yosemite’s first people. Special project includes developing a youth curriculum for this operation . (Based out of Yosemite Valley, must be comfortable talking with visitors and a willingness to learn traditional Indian handwork such as beadwork, basketry etc.)
-Working with our education office and NatureBridge: Co-lead educational programming for youth summer programs. Special project includes redesigning the park’s junior ranger booklets. (Based out of Wawona, must be able to hike at least three miles and must have basic graphic design skills)

How to Apply
Submit a resume, cover letter, and two references via email to no later than April 29, 2018. In your cover letter, please answer the following questions:
1. Which TRT position are you applying for and what experience/skills do you have related to the position description?
2. Why do you want to participate in Teacher Ranger Teacher program?
3. How will you use your TRT experience to enrich your classroom teaching and create opportunities for your students to connect to the National Park system?
4. Describe your familiarity and experiences with local, state or national parks.