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Local olive oil producer offers pure product

Money doesn't grow on trees, but olives do – just ask Anne Piccirillo.

July 02, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Local naturalization ceremony grants individuals citizenship in time for Independence Day

This Fourth of July marks the 238th year of the United States of America's independence but for many locals the holiday will also mark their first national holiday as an American citizen.

July 02, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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


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United Samaritans Foundation celebrates two decades in community

Years ago there was an area of Hughson that was called "Lost City" – a housing development recognizable only by its dilapidated condition. In one of the two bedroom apartments lived a family with eight children and each day they would make their way to the United Samaritans Foundation food truck for lunch where they would see the friendly face of Maris Sturtevant.

July 25, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlocker celebrates international education in China

Turlocker Matthew Jacob recently traveled far beyond city limits to the Great Hall of the People in China to talk international education at the Commemoration of the 35th anniversary of the re-establishment of educational exchanges between the U.S. and China.

July 25, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


TID chief dam safety engineer nationally recognized

Turlock Irrigation District Chief Dam Safety Engineer Peggy Harding is gaining national attention as a female trailblazer in an industry dominated by men, evident by her recent "Women With Hydro Vision" award from the PennWell Hydro Group.

July 25, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Grizzly Rock Café offers locals American cuisine off the beaten path

Name: Grizzly Rock Café

July 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


City water conservation measures lackluster compared to state regulations

While the State Water Resources Control Board recently approved an emergency regulation to allow local governments and agencies to fine citizens for excessive outdoor water use, local citizens will not be affected by the new measures since the City of Turlock instituted its own water conservation rules more than 20 years ago.

July 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


New title, new positions at the Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance

The Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance has undergone a makeover that has the organization sporting a new name with new leaders at the helm of what is officially now known as the Stanislaus Business Alliance.

July 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Progress made in downtown McDonald’s

While downtown Turlock prepares to play host to a McDonald's restaurant in the future, the surrounding area will also be spruced up through an agreement with the City of Turlock and the hamburger franchise owner.

July 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


TID Directors tour city water treatment plant

Precisely one week after the Turlock Irrigation District's weekly meeting that left the City of Turlock and the District at odds over the use of local water, the TID Board of Directors made their way to the City's Water Quality Control Facility to take a firsthand look at how local sewer water is treated to become irrigation water.

July 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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