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New independent charter opening in TUSD this fall

Turlock Unified School District plays host to 16 different educational campuses and will also be home to an independent charter this fall after the Board of Trustees approved a collaborative partnership with educational nonprofit Aspiranet at a special board meeting on Monday.

July 01, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Brett Nichols still a ‘thriller’

Not even two months after his stellar performance of Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean" at the Pitman High School talent show went viral on YouTube, garnering more than 16 million views to date, and Brett Nichols is joining the ranks of national tribute performers.

July 01, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


MJC purchases land in Turlock for expansion of satellite campus

Local Modesto Junior College students will eventually have access to closer resources as the junior college officials acquired land in Turlock on which to build a satellite campus although the exact use has yet to be determined.

July 01, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Pre-fair horse events a historic tradition

The Stanislaus County Fair logo states the fair's slogan "Imagine the fun!" but it also bears an image of two animals: horses.

June 27, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Denair Unified charts path to fiscal solvency in 2016

The Denair Unified School District is slowly but surely digging itself out of the fiscal red zone as local changes at the district level as well as state budget decisions have contributed to an expected financial recovery by the end of the 2015-2016 school year.

June 27, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


California dairies declining, milk production rising

What happens to milk when it is left out of the refrigerator? It sours - similar to the current state of the dairy industry.

June 27, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


New book examines immigration between Mexico and Turlock

Turlock was recently the chosen location where Director Corbin Bernson's shot his new film and now it is the setting of a book published this week by Alfredo Mirandé titled "Jalos, USA : Transnational Community and Identity."

June 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


LearningQuest Literacy and GED program coming to Turlock

Learning doesn't stop once children exit the halls of their schools, just ask the more than 1,500 adults that have benefited from the services of the LearningQuest- Stanislaus Literacy Centers each year.

June 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


A formula to inspire

After a 25 year long career in the construction industry, Art Doucette decided to go back to school to pursue a degree in chemistry and biology. One day while walking the California State University, Stanislaus campus Doucette crossed paths with a stranger - Viji Sundar, a professor in the Mathematics Department. The two began to talk and by the end of their conversation, Doucette decided on his career path: he would be a teacher as well as a summer instructor for Sundar's Math and Science Summer Camp.

June 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


City Council postpones taking next step with recycled water project

The Turlock City Council delayed a vote to move forward with the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Project – a proposal to sell treated wastewater to farmers in Westside Stanislaus by developing what would be one of the largest regional recycled water projects in the nation – Tuesday evening, a project that has been under consideration for years.

June 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Denair Unified remains in fiscal peril

While the number of California school districts in financial jeopardy has diminished by two-thirds in the past year, Denair Unified School District remains on the list of negatively certified districts that are projected to not be able to meet their financial obligations for the 2014-2015 school year.

June 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Farming smarter with less water

Ask 10 almond growers how to prune trees or plant new ones and you'll get 10 different answers. While the basic logistics of pruning and planting are the same, farmers develop different styles to maintain their crops. When it comes to water, they are becoming even more resourceful by finding diverse ways to fine tune their irrigation practices during the drought– just ask Chuck Dirkse of La Mancha Orchards in Denair.

June 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Local students hone craft in Young Writers’ Workshop

When Pauline Cepeda came to the United States from the Philippines as an eight year old her mother insisted that she take advantage of as many opportunities as possible to improve her English and break out of her shell, so she signed her up for the Young Writers Workshop. Little did Cepeda know that she would grow up in the workshop over the next 10 years where her writing would flourish and she would eventually serve as a mentor for other young writers.

June 20, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


New students prepare to attend CSUS this fall

More than 475 future Warriors swarmed the California State University, Stanislaus Friday at the first of five New Student Orientations to prepare incoming students for life at the Turlock campus.

June 20, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Governor’s budget secures FFA funding

Future Farmers of America chapters across the state are celebrating as the Agriculture Education Incentive Grant, which funds FFA, was removed from the chopping block in Gov. Jerry Brown's final budget that was released earlier this week.

June 20, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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Articles By Author - Elizabeth Arakelian


McDonald’s cancels plans to build downtown location

Jack in the Box will remain the reigning fast food option in downtown Turlock as McDonald's has decided not to open a location at the corner of Marshall and South Center Streets, the site of the present Bonander Buick GMC car lot.

December 19, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Family business puts energy into solar enterprise

Name of Business: Matt Anderson Electric and Solar

December 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Women's council makes funds available for local nonprofits

Stanislaus County nonprofits looking for additional funds to continue their good work can now apply for a grant through the Women's Leadership Council, an affinity group through the United Way of Stanislaus County.

December 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


More travelers expected on roadways this holiday season

Lights won't only be glowing on houses this season as the roadways are likely to be lit up with an estimated 12.1 million Californians traveling by car to friends and loved ones this holiday season.

December 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Local veteran organizes four-wheeling trips for vets

Local veteran Adam Britton sold half of his belongings to purchase a Jeep Rubicon. This wasn't the purchase of a car aficionado; it was a choice vehicle in which to drive veterans around on four-wheeling trails, a cause Britton has spearheaded for over a year.

December 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


New year to offer a host of employment opportunities in Turlock

If the more than one thousand people that lined up for the Hilmar Cheese hiring fair in October is any indicator, Turlockers are ready and willing to work. Fortunately, the outlook is bright with numerous new businesses slated to open their doors in 2015.

December 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Mayors compete in bell ringing to raise money for Salvation Army; local high schools follow suit

While it's no surprise to see Salvation Army bell ringers outside of stores this time of year, on Saturday Turlock citizens saw their mayor and council members braving the cold to bring a few extra dollars – $459.50 to be exact – to the kettles through a friendly county-wide competition.

December 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


City seeks public input on transportation plan

Alta Planning and Design has created over 100 active transportation plans for communities across the state and is presently working on the City of Turlock's first plan with the vision of creating "a seamless walking and bicycling network" in the town.

December 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Longtime Turlocker makes Swedish potato sausage an annual tradition

In the meat section of Village Fresh Market there is a laminated paper posted on the back wall with Scandinavian dancers holding a Swedish flag that reads: "Swedish Potato Sausage." While it is unclear how long the paper has been there, Jim Stevens might be the person to ask.

December 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


California Cuts is a cut above

Name of Business: California Cuts

December 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Recent US citizen celebrates 104 birthday

Asiat Tamrazian has 32 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren. Thursday also marked her 104 birthday.

December 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock teacher’s Feather Raft invention wins regional challenge

Dutcher Middle School teacher by day and Feather Raft inventor by night, Elias Ruiz, took home the grand price of $2,500 cash Wednesday evening as the winner of the first annual Stanislaus County Innovation Challenge.

December 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


A BLUSTERY BLUNDER

What happens when you combine wind and rain? You get a hazardous combination. Just ask Turlocker Craig Mathews who found a dead tree uprooted on top of his truck Tuesday morning.

December 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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