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Internet age not all bad

Nearly 10 years ago, when I first started writing this column, I wrote about a new product that was being advertised throughout the fishing community. I questioned whether or not it was just another gimmick. To my surprise, I was contacted several days later, not by a representative of the company, but the owner himself. I learned since then just how fast information can travel across the internet.

July 17, 2015 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns




'Brown is the new Green' in Turlock

As the City of Turlock strives to meet the State's 32 percent water reduction requirements, our city parks, medians and facility landscapes are the most visibly impacted areas of the City's conservation efforts.

July 17, 2015 | | Local


Artists needed for 2016 Calendar Contest

Each year the Valley Air District creates a 13-month bilingual calendar featuring Healthy Air Living messages and the creative artwork of San Joaquin Valley elementary and high school students.

July 17, 2015 | | Local


Woman facing federal charges for drug bust

A Washington woman was indicted by a federal grand jury on drug charges after she was arrested in Merced County with more than 40 pounds of cocaine.

July 17, 2015 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | Crime


Births July 9 to July 15

• Monica Juarez Paz and Eloy Vargas Benitez of Winton are the parents of a 6-pound-15-ounce boy born July 9 at Emanuel Medical Center.

July 17, 2015 | | Births


Signe Viola Swanson

Signe Viola Swanson passed away on July 8, 2015 at the age of 93 with her family by her side in Modesto, CA.

July 17, 2015 | | OBITS


Red Cross honors Turlock resident

While giving back may be an occasional decision for some, for Turlock resident Jodi Karambela it is part of her life.

July 16, 2015 | | Local


Vandals cut fiber optic cable lines, disrupt 911 calls

The 911 emergency network system was disrupted in Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced and Tuolumne counties late Tuesday night when fiber optic cables were cut on McKinley Avenue a half mile north of French Camp Road.

July 16, 2015 | By GLENN KAHL Turlock Journal | Crime


Denair driver takes top spot in derby

After 16 long years of trying Denair's Tony Silveira was finally able to smash and bash his way to victory in Monday night's "Traditional Turmoil" Demolition Derby, presented by the Turlock Lions Club, in the Food Maxx Arena at the Stanislaus County Fair.

July 14, 2015 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Turlock Journal | SPORTS


California leads nation in gas prices

California is once again the nation's most expensive market for retail gasoline. A gallon of unleaded gasoline was averaging $3.80 on Tuesday. The state average has climbed by 22 cents per gallon since Friday and has gained the attention of the California Energy Commission.

July 14, 2015 | | Local


Chemical spill blocks highway traffic for five hours

A morning crash that caused a pickup to flip onto its side and spill caustic chemicals in the Hatch Road area created Highway 99 traffic backups as far south as Turlock yesterday.

July 14, 2015 | By JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Local


Elaine Eleanor Hulteen

Elaine Hulteen, 94, of Turlock, passed away at St. Francis Assisted Care Center. Elaine was born in Nebraska to Paul and Edna Olson. The family moved to California when Elaine was young and she attended Turlock High School. She graduated from THS and Modesto Jr. College. She worked as a secretary for a local accountant until she met and married her husband, Lloyd Hulteen. He had come from Iowa and they began a poultry ranch first raising chickens and then turkeys. Elaine was a wonderful homemaker. She cooked, canned, crocheted, and was an excellent seamstress.

July 14, 2015 | | OBITS


Kimberly Ann Kruthoff

Kimberly Ann Aho Kruthoff, 39, died after a three year struggle with cancer on July 10, 2015. She was born in San Leandro, California and raised in Hilmar, California. She graduated from Hilmar High School in 1994 and received her BA from CSUS. Kim married Jeff Kruthoff in 2003. Kimberly was employed by T.I.D. for the last eight years. She was previously employed at Longs Drugs Store during college, Hershey's Chocolate Plant in Oakdale, Signature Fruit and Gallo Winery. She enjoyed her golf league at St. Stanislaus Golf Course and being outside enjoying nature, either at her ...

July 14, 2015 | | OBITS


Debbie Yturaldi-Mitchell

Debbie Yturaldi-Mitchell passed away late in the evening of June 19th, 2015, after nearly a year long battle with cancer. Debbie is survived by her daughter, Toini Hiipakka, 33, and her son Lester Mitchell, 24. She is also survived by her parents, Michael and Virginia Yturaldi of Madera, CA, two brothers, Michael and Edward Yturaldi; and two sisters, Elaine and Irene Yturaldi. Debbie was a strong and beautiful woman who was a lifelong spiritual seeker and believer. She was a passionate music lover, supporter of all the arts and loved to spend time in nature, especially the mountains surrounding the ...

July 10, 2015 | | OBITS


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Warriors golf welcomes new head coach

Director of Athletics Michael Matoso has named Brandon Christianson as the newest coach on the Cal State Stanislaus staff. Christianson will succeed John Cook as the head coach of the Warriors' men's golf team.

July 24, 2015 | STAFF REPORTS Turlock Journal | College


Time to pass on the love of boating

When I was a kid I used to look at a car's speedometer believing that the highest number on the speedometer represented how fast that car could go. Like most kids, I wanted to have the fastest car and boat someday.

July 24, 2015 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Births July 16 to July 21

• Dovie Raymond of Waterford is the mother of a 7-pound-9-ounce girl born July 16 at Emanuel Medical Center.

July 24, 2015 | | Births


Soiseth: Historic vote places Turlock on path toward reliable drinking water

Last July, while campaigning for mayor I went door-to-door to share my vision for a stronger, bolder Turlock. As I listened to residents talk about concerns of unreliable drinking water during consecutive years of a drought, it was clear we needed an alternate source of water. Turlock couldn't continue to exclusively pump groundwater without limitation.

July 24, 2015 | BY GARY SOISETH Mayor of Turlock | Editorial


Residents receiving a penalty fine for water wasting can elect to take an online water conservation

"Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one." - Benjamin Franklin

July 24, 2015 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


City of Turlock offers online water conservation course

Residents receiving a penalty fine for water wasting can elect to take an online water conservation course to waive the penalty. Only one such penalty waiver shall be allowed within any 24-month period.

July 24, 2015 | | Local


Diana C. Tovar

Diana C. Tovar, 57 loving mother, Daughter, Sister, and Nana passed away on July 20, 2015 after a ten year battle with cancer. She was born on October 5, 1957 in Modesto, CA to parents Ruben and Frances Rios. Diana worked for Stanislaus County for 35 years. She was a very family orientated woman, very independent, loved to spend time with her grandkids & was the type of person who always put others before herself. She loved music, road trips, going to the casinos, and was a huge Giants fan. Diana was a member of New Life Christian Center. She was ...

July 24, 2015 | | OBITS


Velma Faye Watkins

Velma Watkins, 85, of Hilmar, passed away at Emanuel Medical Center. Velma was born in Stevinson, CA to Leonard and Bernice McKenzie. She grew up in Stevinson and graduated from Hilmar High School in 1949. After high school she worked as a Nurse's Aide at Westside Hospital near Newman. She met Richard Watkins and later married in Reno, Nevada in 1954. Richard was in the Air Force, so the family moved to Denver, Nebraska, and Spokane before settling back in the Hilmar / Stevinson area. Velma was active in the Women's Missionary Society of Stevinson Chapel. Velma and Richard ...

July 24, 2015 | | OBITS


Dora Dominguez

Dora Dominguez , age 80 passed away in Turlock. She was born in El Paso, Texas to Juan and Mariana Dominguez and settled in Turlock in 1964 where she made her home. She was a member of Four Square Church in Modesto.

July 24, 2015 | | OBITS


Volunteers needed at the Carnegie

The Carnegie Arts Center is seeking volunteers to work in a variety of roles.

July 23, 2015 | | ARTS/LEISURE


Duo brings Kennedy experience to Covenant Village

John F. and Jackie Kennedy's Camelot will come alive again in a dramatic presentation at Covenant Village in Turlock.

July 23, 2015 | | ARTS/LEISURE


Hughson raises water rates

Residents of Hughson will soon be paying $22.81 more a month for water, after the Hughson City Council voted to move forward with a rate increase beginning Aug. 1.

July 23, 2015 | | Government


James “Jim” Roach

James Stanley Roach, also known to his friends and family as Jim Roach, passed away July 5, 2015, after his battle with cancer. Jim was a loving devoted father to Dallas Roach and a wonderful, loving grandfather to his two grandsons Dallas Roach II and Austin Roach. He had a very generous, sharing personality. Always there when you needed him and putting others before himself. He retired as a heavy equipment driver and spent his remaining years with his family sharing the joys of drag racing, football (Dallas Cowboys) and baseball (San Francisco Giants).

July 21, 2015 | | OBITS


Soldiers should not be sitting ducks in a shooting gallery

Are we are at war?

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


Shame on you Mr. President

Considering the events of the past week, I find it appalling that the president did not call for flags to be flown half staff for the four Marines who were killed in Chattanooga. I also find it shameful that we allow our elected officials to display this kind of behavior.

July 21, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


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