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Final reading set for city water rate increase

The Turlock City Council will hold the final reading on Tuesday to approve the proposed water rate increases for Turlock residents that are set to take place over a five-year span.

April 04, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Revamped Parks and Rec Commission to tackle 'Penumbra'

The Parks and Recreation Commission will debut its recent makeover on Wednesday after being combined with the city's Arts Commission - a decision that the City Council hopes will benefit the city as a whole.

April 04, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


New forecast highlights economic impact of drought

The ongoing drought might not dry up the state's economy, according to an economic forecast report released on Wednesday, but could continue to slow job growth over the next several years should drought conditions persist.

April 04, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


City sign ordinance under review

Drawing in customers through large, eye-catching signs has been a way of boosting sales for small and large businesses alike for decades. As the planning commission continues to move forward with updating the City's sign ordinance over the coming months, however, local businesses may see new regulations that would limit such advertising.

April 03, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Furniture store feels at home in Turlock downtown

Name of Business: Liz and Andrew Furniture

April 03, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


Councilwoman Bublak appointed LAFCO Chair

The Stanislaus Local Agency Formation Commission, better known as LAFCO, recently announced their decision to appoint Turlock City Councilwoman Amy Bublak as Chairperson.

April 03, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


TID delays start of irrigation season, again

For the second time in recent weeks, the Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors has opted to postpone the start date for the 2014 irrigation season, pushing back water deliveries to local growers until April 10.

April 01, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


Planning Commission to review sign, noise laws

Having made a final decision last month to move forward with amending Turlock's food truck regulations, the Turlock Planning Commission will now begin discussing other potential amendments to the city's municipal code, taking up various zoning issues that were placed on the backburner due to the several month-long mobile food facilities debate.

April 01, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Mayor Lazar drops election plans

Late Monday evening, Turlock Mayor John Lazar confirmed that he is dropping out of the 2014 election, bringing an end to his 8-year run as Turlock Mayor.

March 31, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Election


Water bond proposals arise amidst drought

As the severity of the ongoing drought continually impacts the lives of Californians across the state, politicians and citizens have agreed that not only does the state's water system need a major fix, but that doing so is not going to be cheap.

March 28, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


TID to take step towards regional surface water treatment facility

As the Turlock Irrigation District and City of Turlock continually work towards developing a surface water treatment facility that has been in discussion since the late 1980s, the TID Board of Directors will take an important step forward in that direction on Tuesday morning.

March 28, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


Denham co-authors VA bill to tackle backlog

As millions of veterans continually file disability claims throughout the nation, thousands of claims have been delayed or inaccurately processed, adversely impacting many veterans seeking benefits and medical examinations.

March 28, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


City combines Arts, Parks commissions

The City of Turlock will now be able to "feed two birds with one scone" after combining the Arts Commission with the Parks, Recreation and Community Commission - a decision that city officials say will not take away from the art community, but rather benefit the City as a whole.

March 27, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


TID still seeking Rim Fire assistance

Following one of the largest wildfires in California's history, water supplies across Northern and Central California became at-risk for millions due to the 2013 Rim Fire in the Sierra Nevada region, including Turlock Irrigation District's Don Pedro Reservoir which suffered damage due to washed down silt and debris.

March 27, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


La Mo to open Café with fresh locally roasted coffee, craft beer

Name of Business: Café La Mo

March 27, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


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StanCOG opens comment period for long term draft transportation plan

Recently releasing the draft 2014 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy and associated Environmental Impact Report, the Stanislaus Council of Governments Policy Board is currently accepting public reviews and comments during a 60 day period.

April 17, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Stanislaus humanists to host Freedom from Religion Foundation speaker

It's no secret that the City of Turlock is a religious community, even once being cited by "Ripley's Believe It or Not" as having the most churches per capita in the nation.

April 17, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


Noise concerns put Larsa permit in peril

Due to multiple noise complaints from neighboring properties, the Larsa Event Center, located on E. Monte Visa Avenue may have its Conditional Use Permit revoked pending a decision by the Stanislaus County Planning Commission.

April 17, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Downtown boutique offers affordable designer clothing

Name of Business: Second Chance Boutique

April 17, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


Crowd pours in for water talk

Hundreds of concerned community members, farmers, and local officials filled the packed conference room at California State University, Stanislaus on Tuesday evening, eager to hear more about regional groundwater issues from a panel of experts.

April 15, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Pedestrians help City develop bike lane improvements

Recently partnering with a planning and design firm to develop a Bicycle Master Plan, the City of Turlock has been making strides in various efforts to improve the safety of bicycle and pedestrian pathways throughout the City.

April 15, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Outlook sunny for Modesto to Los Angeles flights

Nonstop flights between the cities of Modesto and Los Angeles are closer to becoming a reality, says DestinationLAX - a campaign striving to collect $1 million in nonbinding pledges as proof that the local community would support the new air service.

April 15, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


Water forum at CSUS

Experts from the city, county, state and local university will address groundwater challenges currently facing the Turlock area on Tuesday, as part of a public forum cosponsored by the Turlock Chamber of Commerce and California State University, Stanislaus.

April 11, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


TID to consider experimental rate for electric vehicle owners

On Tuesday, the Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors will hold a public hearing on revisions to certain electric service rates, including the addition of a new rate schedule specifically for electric and plug-in vehicle owners.

April 11, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


A nation’s love affair with Trader Joes and Whole Foods

Turlock seems to have this love affair with Trader Joes and Whole Foods Market - the problem being, we don't even have one. And although it doesn't seem likely that either of these stores will soon make their way to town, many Turlock citizens are still calling for one to open on almost a weekly basis, or whenever a new business opens up that isn't either/or.

April 11, 2014 | Cara Hallam | OPINION


City provides record-breaking level of internships

Over the past year, the City of Turlock has made strides in increasing the amount of provided internships, giving more than 50 college students professional experience that will benefit not only their résumés, but future career opportunities.

April 11, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


StanCOG seeks funds for Turlock Patterson corridor

With the proposed countywide transportation tax failing to be pushed to the November ballot recently, the Stanislaus Council of Governments has begun looking to other funding options to begin developing the South County Corridor, connecting the cities of Turlock and Patterson.

April 10, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


San Joaquin River deemed 'most endangered river' in the nation

The San Joaquin River is in grave danger.

April 10, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


Turlock Blue Diamond facility named top plant of the year

After a successful first year since its grand opening, the Turlock Blue Diamond Facility has been named the 2014 "Plant of the Year" by Food Engineering Magazine - an honor recognizing the most innovative new food or beverage plants built in North America.

April 10, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


Comic store opens downtown

Name of Business: Sky High Comics & Collectibles

April 10, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


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