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Turlock teacher wins local Innovation Challenge

When Elias Ruiz ventured to San Diego to present an invention at the "Shark Tank" audition, a reality competition that allows aspiring entrepreneurs to make business presentations to a panel of potential investors, he was disappointed that he did not hear back from the show. That was until his friend discovered that he could apply for a similar competition locally: the Stanislaus Innovation Challenge.

November 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Heckendorf’s closing its doors after 88 years

After 88 years of operation, Heckendorf's Auto Electric will be closing its doors for good.

November 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Cupcakes for Charity

How much is 99 dozen cupcakes worth? For the Bell Real Estate Cycling Team, $2,700 to purchase bicycles for kids in need this Christmas.

November 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock native finds the right stitch in knitting industry

Turlock Journal

November 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Iconic scale in Latif’s finds new downtown home

There are few places where individuals want to hop on a scale to check their weight in public, but Latif's Restaurant was one of them.

November 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Smoking ban headed to council

The Turlock Parks, Arts, and Recreation Commission approved a reaffirmation of a smoking ban dating back from 2003 Tuesday night in a 6-2 vote, with one new caveat: electronic and vapor related products will now be prohibited as well, pending the approval of the City Council.

November 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Planning approves density increase for Eastern Turlock subdivision

After the Turlock Planning Commission received what Commissioner Mike Brem called a "very polite, legal tongue lashing" at his final Planning Commission meeting ending his 15 year tenure, the commission approved an amendment to the East Tuolumne Master Plan in a 6-1 vote on Thursday.

November 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Lancaster Painting accepting nominations for annual service project

While the Lancaster Painting team is well versed in catering to customers' needs year-round, there is one special client each year that the company especially looks forward to: the Paint it Forward winner.

November 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Unskilled labor force holding Valley back

Where do people hire unskilled laborers? Not in the United States, at least according to Professor Gokce Soydemir of California State University, Stanislaus.

November 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


New district elections could complicate reelection for council candidates

After Turlockers voted to approve Measure A on the November ballot with a nearly 74 percent vote, city council candidates will now be charged with running in their home districts in future elections rather than the current at-large election system that lets the top two candidates take the seats.

November 07, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Planning Commission approves Dust Bowl’s brewing, tasting facility

Bigger is better, at least for Dust Bowl Brewing Company and the citizens of Turlock, they say.

November 06, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Ritzy Ragz a downtown staple in Turlock

Name of Business: Ritzy Ragz & Thingz

November 06, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Final innovation challenge in Turlock before regional $2,500 competition

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words but an invention is worth $2,500, at least for one lucky contestant of the Stanislaus Innovation Challenge.

November 06, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Residents ready to run in the cash for Kettle Dash

Despite fundraising $34,000 less than two months ago through the inaugural Dancing with the Turlock Stars event, the Salvation Army fundraising committee is still bringing in the bucks by breaking fundraising goals for its next event: The fourth annual Kettle Dash.

November 06, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Statewide streets still in poor condition, including Turlock's

Poor road conditions are not unique to Turlock because no matter where you travel in the Golden State you're bound to hit a few bumps.

November 05, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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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


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