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We’ced Reviews Snelling’s Ranch of Horrors

Posted November 16, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

Above: Snelling’s Ranch of Horrors was almost too spooky for our youth reporters. (Photo by Aaliyah Jensen) By Cassandra Avitia and Aaliyah Jensen SNELLING, Calif.–Snelling’s Ranch of Horrors originally opened in 2015 in a secluded place out in Snelling. But only this year has it gained lots of attention due to the recent close of […]

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Education

For Merced Union, school discipline is an evolving artform

Posted October 27, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

Over the last decade, school districts throughout the state have begun to reevaluate “black-and-white policies that would discipline students automatically regardless of individual circumstances,” she said.

Much of this coincided with the passing of Assembly Bill 1729, which allowed superintendents and principals more discretion to provide alternatives to suspension and expulsion for students, said Mike Richter, associate principal at Golden Valley High School (GVHS) in Merced.

Teachers and staff are now encouraged to look at a student’s complete behavioral pattern before determining an appropriate course of action.

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Community

Growing pains in Merced’s healthcare scene

Posted October 20, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

Above: Ciera Coronado of Merced High School prepares to measure the pulse of a fellow student during an equipment training at Merced College. Organized by Central Valley Health Network, the event drew more than 300 local high school students interested in careers in the medical field. (Photo by Hannah Esqueda) By Hannah Esqueda MERCED, Calif. […]

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Community

Merced County, rural areas most impacted by Census funding cuts

Posted September 25, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

Above: South Merced residents participate in a recent community assessment for Building Health Communities (BHC), Merced. Similar community assessment methods will soon be used by BHC partner Love, Faith and Hope as the nonprofit seeks to get accurate population data for the county’s residents. (Photo from BHC Merced via Facebook) By Hannah Esqueda MERCED, Calif. […]

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Community

“Health for All” campaign sees some movement at county level

Posted August 24, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

Advocates pointed out Merced County’s undocumented population is estimated to pay nearly $9 million in local taxes this year alone. Additionally, the community plays a major role in the local economy as the undocumented labor force supports much of Merced’s agricultural industry–valued at $3.5 billion in 2015.

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Hannah Esqueda

A lifelong resident of the Central Valley, Hannah has spent several years covering news in and around the Fresno area. She has a degree in Journalism from Washington and Lee University, and was a 2016 participant in the USC Annenberg Health Journalism Fellowship. Currently, she serves as We’Ced’s Program Associate and Reporter.