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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


Local farmers, industry experts mobilize against state water curtailments

Of the 9,528 junior water rights curtailment notices sent to Central Valley farmers by the State Water Resources Control Board on May 27 requiring them to stop diverting water from all streams flowing to the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys, only 21 percent mailed back the mandated response - an indicator of local farmers' posture towards the Board's intervention during this drought period.

June 20, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Crafty Cuisine

Last year local dried fruit company Bella Viva submitted dried persimmons, peaches, pears and oranges as part of their new Pure and Natural line at the Fresno Food Expo, an annual convention to honor the local food industry's leaders in innovation. This year, Bella Viva will be competing for the same honors at the 2014 Expo with their newest product: dried apple slices from the Pure and Natural line which has already been named a top contender.

June 19, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock Pentecost celebrates 102 years of culture

This past weekend the Turlock Pentecost Association and Portuguese community celebrated their faith and culture through their 102nd annual festa – a celebratory period of traditional food and events.

June 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Wednesday school days shorter in TUSD next year

Parents of students in the Turlock Unified School District may need to make child care changes to adjust to the new bell schedule on Wednesdays next school year that has students released almost an hour earlier to accommodate the District's new Local Control Accountability Plan.

June 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Foster Farms celebrates 75 years of family values and poultry production

The historic home of Max and Verda Foster, founders of family-owned company Foster Farms, is a modest one. While the house and surrounding ranch feature fruit trees, a tennis court and simple white-walled buildings that now serve as administrative locations, there is one things that indicates where the third-generation billion dollar company was born: enormous silos towering in the background bearing a large insignia with a big, bright, red number: 75.

June 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Local lifeguards enhance skills at regional training

Parents can rest assured that their children will be safe swimming in community pools this summer as local lifeguards have recently undergone extensive training to freshen up their rescue skills and ensure they can cooperate properly with emergency responders in crisis situations.

June 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


First night market of the season a success

A cool breeze greeted guests and vendors at the first night market of the 2014 Turlock Certified Farmers Market season Friday evening as individuals browsed the various stalls for a variety of things from summertime produce to floral arrangements.

June 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock Pentecost Association celebrates over 100 years of sopas

Early Friday morning a crew of over 20 men of the Turlock Pentecost Association hauled in over 20,000 pounds of beef at the Turlock Ballroom for the Association's annual sopas celebration, commonly known as festa in Portuguese. For thousands of years the sopas celebrations have served to not only allow Portuguese families to celebrate their heritage, but to also feed the community just as Queen Isabel did in the 12th century when the tradition was founded.

June 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


TUSD may welcome new charter school next year

A new charter school geared towards struggling students may become a part of the Turlock Unified School District as soon as the 2014-2015 school year pending District approval.

June 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Turlock High School Class of 1944 celebrates 70 years

Just over 70 years ago the Turlock High School Class of 1944 celebrated a milestone moment - graduating high school - on June 6, the same day that the allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy marking the beginning of the end of World War II.

June 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Landmark trees near TUSD to be removed

The old adage 'all that glitters is not gold' is true for the expansive American Elm trees that have provided aesthetic beauty to the historic Turlock Unified School District building for several generations but are now the subject of a District project to remove and replace the trees due to interior rot and disease.

June 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Simon Staley plants seeds of success

When Simon Staley attended the Turlock Chamber of Commerce Ag Scholarship Luncheon a few years ago as a Pitman High School senior, he was slightly conspicuous as the only student honored not wearing a blue Future Farmers of America jacket - the unofficial uniform for many local agriculture students.

June 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Hilmar Covenant Church sets the scene for Vacation Bible School

Anyone who steps inside the gym at Hilmar Covenant Church this week will likely think that they have left California farmland for the Amazon. There is a 17-foot tree located on the stage, which is just one fixture of the makeover that the church has undergone for its Vacation Bible School.

June 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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Articles By Author - Elizabeth Arakelian


Turlock Fitness and Racquet Club one-stop-shop for getting fit

Name: Turlock Fitness and Racquet Club

July 31, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Citizens for YES on Measure B promote road tax

Most locals are familiar with the ragged condition of Turlock roads characterized by cracked pavement and potholes in many areas, but there is now an official committee making a concerted effort to make better roads a reality in the community by spearheading the passing of the half cent road tax on the November ballot.

July 31, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Christian persecution abroad prompts protests

Local Assyrians are grabbing their picket signs and leaving their hometowns to defend their homeland by traveling to San Francisco on Saturday for a regional protest, just one portion of a worldwide effort demonstrating objection to the religious persecution currently plaguing Christians in Iraq.

July 31, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Grocery Outlet to host job fair before grand opening in September

Turlock will soon play host to a new supermarket store, Grocery Outlet, which is also looking to employ approximately 20 new employees before its grand opening in September.

July 31, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Alliance hosts inaugural Innovation Challenge

Locals with an inventive knack will have the opportunity to express their creativity for a shot at $2,500 by entering the Stanislaus County Business Alliance's inaugural Innovation Challenge.

July 29, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Tri-county leaders collaborate to enrich region

When Wanda Bonnell was a student working towards her Master's Degree in Education and Counseling at California State University, Stanislaus, she vaguely heard about the American Leadership Forum.

July 29, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Supervisors approve rezoning for Denair Dollar General

After seven months of ongoing discussions that left many Denair residents at odds with the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors, the Denair community is one step closer to playing host to a Dollar General.

July 29, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Cross with caution: City begins North Walnut median construction

When the school bell rings most students are eager to escape the confines of the classroom and dart off campus, but some Turlock Junior High School students' paths may be impeded due to the construction of a median strip on the eastside of the campus on North Walnut Road.

July 29, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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


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