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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


Soiseth set for mayoral seat

The face of Turlock is getting younger, or at least the faces of its leaders.

November 05, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock inventor pitches idea to 'As Seen on TV' industry leaders

What can you do in five minutes? If you're like Turlocker Juan Pineda Sanchez, you've got those 350 seconds to pitch your latest invention.

November 04, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Keyes could play host to third Dollar General in the region

A Dollar General may be setting up shop in Keyes, the third unincorporated community in the region that the retail chain has begun plans in which to expand in the last eight months.

November 04, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


The Studio brings a community centric approach to fitness

Name: The Studio

October 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Annual calendar raises funds for Friends of Turlock Animal Shelter

What turns a house into a home? Ask John Pinkerton and he might just say hanging a Friends of the Turlock Shelter calendar on the wall.

October 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock, region’s future dissected at Chamber’s Economic Trends Breakfast

Agriculture is a $3.6 billion industry in the Stanislaus County which is dependent upon one precious commodity: water.

October 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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Articles By Author - Elizabeth Arakelian


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


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


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