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Meet Kaur Lea

Meet was born in Fiji Islands and passed away at the age of 61 in Modesto. In 1966 her family moved to Winters, CA where she graduated from Winters High School in 1972 and began working at Blueberry Hill Restaurant in 1973. Meet worked for A&W in Turlock, Cindy's Restaurant, Almond Tree Restaurant and later for Creative Alternatives as a Special Education Aide. On June 8, 1991 she married Keith Lea. Meet belonged to the Sikh Temple in West Sacramento.

March 10, 2015 | | OBITS


Valeri Anne Klimbal

Valeri Anne Klimbal (Miss Willett) of Henderson, Nevada passed with peace and grace, with her husband at her side, March 7, 2015. Valeri was born Feb. 16, 1956; to Charles and Annette Willett in El Paso, Texas. Valeri married Gerard Klimbal on June 29, 1985 at Sacred Heart Church in Turlock Ca. and was blissfully married for almost 30 years. Valeri was a wonderful and loving wife, daughter, sister and aunt. Valeri loved to teach and touched many souls as a wonderful and gifted teacher. She was always giving to her students supplying food, clothing and whatever they needed, to ...

March 10, 2015 | | OBITS


Robert F. Barragan, Sr.

Robert F. Barragan, Sr., age 89, passed away peacefully at home in Turlock on Friday, March 6, 2015. He was born in Mexicali, MX and immigrated to Brawley, CA at a young age. Robert attended school only till 8th grade, noticing that contributing to his family was precedent. A man who appreciated hard-work and dedication to craft, Robert enjoyed physical labor and taking care of his family, attributes that would continue throughout his livelihood. Robert and his wife moved to Turlock, CA in 1957 making it their permanent residence.

March 10, 2015 | | OBITS


Eugene Walford Pearson

Eugene (Gene) was born in Turlock, California, on October 25, 1920, to Mr. Noah W. Pearson and Mrs. Eva Charlotte Pearson. Gene attended Turlock grades schools, and graduated from Turlock High in 1938. He then went to U.C. Berkeley and received his BS in Mechanical Engineering (with a Chemistry minor) in 1943. From there he went to Cornell University for his Commission as Ensign USNR. Then on to active duty with the Fleet for 2-1/2 years as Engineering Officer of the Destroyer, USS Edison DD439, in both the Mediterranean and Pacific action.

March 10, 2015 | | OBITS


Turlock grad recounts Hussein FBI interview at black tie ball

Turlock High grad and former Ceres Police Officer turned FBI agent George Piro was on the most important assignment of his career in 2004 when he asked his mother in Turlock, Francia Piro, to send a care package with home-baked Assyrian cookies. His mother complied, sending them by FedEx with the belief that her son assigned to Baghdad, Iraq, would be the one eating them.

March 10, 2015 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Local


Life is good. If you doubt that, then go take a hike.

I had just finished a way-too-short visit meandering around Mono Pass.

March 10, 2015 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


Warriors' season ends at semifinals

For the second straight year, the Chico State Wildcats ended the Warriors' season as they won the CCAA conference tournament semifinal game, 72-60, Friday night at the Stockton Arena.

March 06, 2015 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | College


Kenneth “Ken” Charles Rose

Kenneth "Ken" Charles Rose, passed away peacefully Sunday evening, March 1st, 2015.

March 06, 2015 | | OBITS


Jamshid Ghardashem

Jamshid Ghardashem, age 75, passed away after a long fight against cancer. He was a gentle, patient, kind, generous, and compassionate man, loving to all those who crossed his path, and with a delightful sense of humor.

March 06, 2015 | | OBITS


The religion of Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch isn't exactly a retailer known for modesty.

March 06, 2015 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


Births Feb. 26 to March 4

• Irene and Oscar Alvarez of Turlock are the parents of a 5-pound-9-ounce girl born Feb. 26 at Emanuel Medical Center.

March 06, 2015 | | Births


USDA OPENS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR AGRICULTURAL CONSERVATION EASEMENT PROGRAM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting public comments on its interim final rule for the new Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, designed to help producers protect working agricultural lands and wetlands. The 2014 Farm Bill consolidated three previous conservation easement programs into ACEP to make it easier for diverse agricultural landowners to fully benefit from conservation initiatives.

March 05, 2015 | | Local


USDA TO SURVEY FARMERS' PLANTING INTENTIONS FOR 2015

What is on the horizon for U.S. farmers in 2015 as they finalize plans for planting this spring? The March Agricultural Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service will survey approximately 82,000 of the nation's farmers to determine their plans for the upcoming growing season.

March 05, 2015 | | Local


Amazon hiring in Tracy

The Amazon fulfillment center in Tracy is hiring more than 100 additional full-time positions to work at the 1.1 million-square-foot facility.

March 05, 2015 | | Local


Sierra Vista Child and Family Services acquires Hughson Family Resource Center

The Hughson Family Resource Center has announced they have dissolved the Hughson Family Resource Center and have turned the assets, grants and programs over to Sierra Vista Child and Family Services in order to continue to provide services to the southeast communities of Stanislaus County.

March 05, 2015 | | Local


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How the other half lives in Yosemite

When my wife and I carried our bags down the red carpet into the plush lobby, I could still hardly believe it. In all the years we had visited Yosemite, we had never stayed at the lavish hotel that houses royalty, presidents and the well-to-do. I figured we never would, yet there we were.

April 24, 2015 | BY MATT JOHANSON Special to the Journal | Local


We need more models like the Patterson Logistics Training Center

A good friend of mine, Phil Alfano, Superintendent of Patterson Schools, has created an exceptional collaborative model between education, business, economic development and government to prepare young people for jobs in the growing logistics industry in Patterson. This past week a group of educators and businesspeople traveled with Phil to Southern California to check out the Norco Logistics Center, a similar collaborative in Riverside County. On the way back to Stanislaus County, Alfano spoke to a group in Kern County to share his experiences building the coalition in Patterson. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Phil is working directly ...

April 24, 2015 | BY DAVID L. WHITE CEO, Stanislaus Business Alliance | Editorial


Together, Turlock will survive the drought

Water. Wheat. Railroad. Prosperity. These are the words at the feet of the Central Park statue that honors one of Turlock's earliest farmers and our city's founder, John Mitchell.

April 24, 2015 | BY GARY SOISETH Mayor, City of Turlock | Editorial


Water conservation for city parks and medians

The City of Turlock's Water Conservation Task Force Committee is focusing efforts on water conservation strategies and enhancing our public education and outreach. As part of the public education and outreach, the City will be posting signs on the City's medians and parks. These signs will indicate how that particular landscape is being irrigated.

April 24, 2015 | | Local


Births April 16 to April 22

• Angelica Ballesteros of Empire is the mother of a 6-pound-2-ounce boy born April 16 at Emanuel Medical Center.

April 24, 2015 | | Births


Carol Hawkins

Carol Hawkins passed away peacefully at home, on April 21st, 2015 at the age of 98. She was the youngest of four girls born to G.W. and Emily Scholl in Seattle, Washington, and grew up near Lake Washington. She loved the clam-digging summers at her family's summer home on Bainbridge Island.

April 24, 2015 | | OBITS


Lilly Mae Cole

Lilly (Liz) Cole was born in Madera, CA on March 12, 1940. She passed away in Merced on Monday, April 20, 2015 at the age of 75. Lilly worked for over 30 years as a waitress. One of her favorite past times were her shopping trips to Wal*Mart. The most important thing in her life was her children and grandchildren. Lilly loved baking and decorating cakes. During the holidays her family members would all stop by to pick up their goodie plates of cookies and candies.

April 24, 2015 | | OBITS


Victims’ rights rally planned for Saturday

The Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office and the Stanislaus Family Justice Center is holding a Victims' Right Rally and Family Safety Fair in downtown Modesto on Saturday.

April 23, 2015 | | Local


Veterans’ meeting in Turlock

The monthly meeting for the Stanislaus County Veterans Advisory Commission will be held in Turlock on Monday.

April 23, 2015 | | Local


University’s Shakespeare Under the Stars to perform ‘King Lear’

For its sixth season of Shakespeare Under the Stars California State University, Stanislaus' Theatre Department is staging "King Lear."

April 23, 2015 | | ARTS/LEISURE


Cigarettes first then soda next

Berkeley doesn't want you to smoke.

April 21, 2015 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


H.R. 2 essential to providing healthcare in Valley

Dear Editor:

April 21, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


Villaraigosa tests political waters in the Valley

Behaving very much like a candidate for governor without saying he is one, former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa moved around Mi Pueblo Market on Crows Landing Road Saturday afternoon during a leg of what he calls a "listening and learning tour."

April 21, 2015 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Local


The City of Turlock is now in stage three of the emergency water shortage plan

As a result of the severity of California's drought, the city manager of the City of Turlock hereby orders the implementation of Stage 3 of the City of Turlock's Emergency Water Shortage Plan.

April 21, 2015 | | Local


Get rid of old car batteries for a greener, cleaner planet

As part of its ongoing commitment to promoting a greener planet and clearer driving, AAA Northern California is offering its popular battery recycling program "AAA Battery Roundup" year-round. AAA members and the public can drop off their old automotive, motorcycle, RV and marine batteries at select locations at any time throughout the year.

April 21, 2015 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Local


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