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Proper dog park etiquette key to safety, fun

While most dog owners can attest to the culture of camaraderie at Turlock's two dog parks, at the November Parks, Art, and Recreation meeting one local dog owner vocalized concerns about park goers not respecting the rules.

November 28, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Stores opening early lessen shopping frenzy on Black Friday

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, but this year the unofficial holiday was slightly less, well, crazy.

November 28, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Drink and be merry at The Rail, Turlock’s newest bar

Name: The Rail

November 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Twice the ice

Ice skating is back and in full swing for the second year in a row at Fields of Ice, but now there is twice the ice. With a rink 120 feet by 80 feet, locals of all ages can rent some skates and hit the rink.

November 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Hilmar Forest, Oregon farms grow holiday tradition

Ready or not the holiday season has officially arrived - and so have the Christmas trees.

November 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Businesses urge shoppers to keep it local this holiday season

The words "buy local" have been promoted across the state and country over the past few years and there is no better day to head the command than on Small Business Saturday.

November 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


It's all about the pie

Amelia and Xavier Bettencourt are used to being in the kitchen so perhaps it's no surprise that they took second place in the annual pumpkin pie contest to benefit the United Samaritans Foundation – except for the fact that they are nine and six years old, respectively.

November 25, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Vito Chiesa: Working to keep counties united

Communication and collaboration – these are the two main principles Stanislaus County Supervisor Vito Chiesa spoke of during his swearing in as president of the California State Association of Counties last week.

November 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Feast breakdown

It is that time of year where savvy shoppers line the grocery store aisles looking for the best deals on everything from turkeys and green beans to pumpkin filling. However, this year even the average shopper won't have to worry about forking over too many dollars before grabbing their fork at the table since it costs less than $5 a person for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, according to the annual American Farm Bureau Federation's survey.

November 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Opening up the table this holiday season

When I think of Thanksgiving I think of communion. Not the formal process of partaking in the bread and wine at a place of worship, but rather the more colloquial use of the term: sharing a meal, breaking bread, eating. Thanksgiving is a time to commune with our friends and family and I found myself thinking of food differently after spending the afternoon in the kitchen of local chef Dana Johnson while cooking up a Thanksgiving spread for our most recent episode of Studio 209.

November 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


City, Stanislaus Business Alliance formalize 20 year partnership

While the City of Turlock has been a member of the Stanislaus Business Alliance since 1994, on Tuesday the two entities entered into an official agreement with the sanctioning of the Turlock City Council.

November 20, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock kicks off holiday season with Turkey Trot

While individuals across town will be rushing to the grocery store in upcoming days to purchase a turkey in time for Thanksgiving, a few lucky locals won't need to stress as the winner of the City of Turlock's annual Turkey Trot fun run will be granted the festive bird as a victory prize.

November 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Council approves $249K visitors bureau budget — with conditions

The Turlock City Council approved the nearly quarter million dollar Turlock Convention and Visitors Bureau budget on Tuesday amidst questions about why the organization, tasked with bringing tourists to town, needs so much money.

November 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlock recycling company receives $1 million grant

Peninsula Plastics Recycling in Turlock was selected among more than 50 applicants to receive a $1 million grant which will bring new equipment and nine new positions to the company.

November 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


City proposes a brand new zoning code

As towns expand and evolve so do the rules that guide development.

November 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


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Articles By Author - Elizabeth Arakelian


Public restrooms pose issues for City, users alike

Where can local residents, away from home, head when Mother Nature calls? Not too many places as a scarcity of public restrooms in Turlock has proved difficult for some, even prompting one local resident to approach the City Council.

January 30, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Midyear budget review shows Turlock on track

As the strenuous years of the economic recession trail further away in the rearview mirror, the outlook is bright for the City of Turlock which is generally performing within its fiscal boundaries according to the mid-year budget review.

January 30, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Second phase of transit plan set in motion

The second phase of the Turlock Regional Transit Center is beginning to take shape as plans for a 6,000 square foot building have been submitted to the City of Turlock.

January 30, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


More than just waffles at the Waffle Shop

Name of Business: Waffle Shop

January 29, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Inaugural Valley Hackathon highlights local techies

The nearby Bay Area may be the global epicenter of technological innovation, but the Central Valley is host to its own scene where tech-savvy individuals are gathering to not only work but play too, like at the first ever Valley Hackathon.

January 29, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Art and Ales

While Dust Bowl Brewing Company is no stranger to pouring beer at brew festivals, it is not every day that it is requested that the brewery bring artwork along with them to the event.

January 29, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock City Council bans smoking in parks

The Turlock City Council unanimously voted to ban tobacco and electronic smoking devices in parks Tuesday night, but enforcing the new resolution could prove difficult.

January 28, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Council to vote on CVB contract termination at next meeting

The Turlock Chamber of Commerce's stake in the Turlock Convention and Visitors Bureau could be coming to an end pending a vote from the Turlock City Council on Feb. 10.

January 27, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Gas prices drop below $2

Drivers entering the AMPM shop at the Arco gas station on Lander Avenue on Tuesday were probably spending more on their bottle of soda than a gallon of gas as the well traversed station was the only one in town to boast unleaded gas at $1.99.

January 27, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


47th annual event showcases a community with heart

Hundreds of people may have gathered at the Assyrian American Civic Club on Tuesday, but a handful of individuals stole the spotlight, and rightfully so. They were an Eagle Scout, a doctor, a future valedictorian, and a philanthropist to name a few, and now they are the 47th Annual Best of Turlock award winners.

January 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Seminars aim to equip small business owners with resources to succeed

In an effort to equip small companies with a range of techniques to optimize their business, the Strategic Legal Group law firm is hosting seminars on "Essential Information Every Business Owner Should Know" in collaboration with several local businesses including Hillberg & Company, G.D.I. Insurance and the Small Business Development Center.

January 23, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Council to talk budget, more aggressive smoking ban on Tuesday

Local smokers may soon find themselves at a loss for a place to light up in public as, after five months of discussion, the decision to ban smoking and electronic or vapor smoking devices will appear before the Turlock City Council on Tuesday.

January 23, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Dust Bowl expansion project draws protest from carpenters union

A haunting presence cropped up outside of Dust Bowl Brewing Company's downtown taproom on Friday as the Carpenters Local Union 152 constructed an enormous grim reaper to publicize opposition to the company's decision to use Huff Construction for its expansion project.

January 23, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock resident recognized as Save Mart Store Manager of the Year

When Save Mart Supermarkets honored its leading employees last week, Turlock resident Deborah Bookil stole the spotlight as Store Manager of the Year.

January 22, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


The Udder Place brings country with a twist to downtown Turlock

Name of Business: The Udder Place

January 22, 2015 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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