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Local seamstress sews in modesty

Name of Business: Ella's Gowns

May 22, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


Two food processors planned for City’s industrial park

Mayor John Lazar's vision of having Turlock become the "Silicon Valley of Food Processing" may soon turn into a reality, as two new large food processing factories have started the process to build in Turlock's Regional Industrial Park.

May 22, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


Don Pedro open for Memorial Day weekend

Despite the lower than normal water levels caused by California's ongoing drought, the recreation areas at Don Pedro Reservoir will be fully operational for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.

May 20, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


Drought to bring $1.67 billion loss to Valley economy, finds study

An economic study conducted at University of California, Davis is estimating a $1.67 billion loss to agriculture and ag-related industries in the Central Valley due to the recent drought, resulting in a $3.4 billion hit to the state's economy, and a ripple effect throughout all segments of the state.

May 20, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


Highway 165 realignment progresses amid federal funding uncertainty

Despite recently passing a major milestone required for receiving state and federal funding, the Highway 165 realignment project currently faces an uncertain future due to the threatened impending bankruptcy of the federal Highway Trust Fund – a possibility that some are calling the "transportation cliff" that has already stalled critical road repairs throughout the nation.

May 20, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


StanCOG to review transportation projects for coming years

Seeking public input on the proposed projects that will receive federal funding for major transportation and roadway improvements, the Stanislaus Council of Governments – the regional transportation planning agency – will hold a public hearing on Wednesday at a meeting in Ceres.

May 16, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Local legislators applaud stronger Rainy Day Fund in Gov. budget

California's multi-billion dollar deficit will be completely eliminated by 2018, according to the May Revise of Gov. Jerry Brown's state budget released on Tuesday.

May 16, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


BIKE TO WORK WEEK

Celebrating the national "Bike to Work Week," community members joined together on Friday at the Turlock Farmers Market for a bicycle tour of Turlock. City leaders, residents, police officers, children and bike-lovers of all ages went along for the ride, with many holding signs reading "Turlock Farmers Market Loves Bicycles", "Bike to Work, Burn Fat Not Fuel"," "Today's Forecast: 15 percent increase in productivity for bicycle riders", and more. The City of Turlock has also taken an interest in biking, as City staff work on developing the City's Bicycle Master Plan that will improve safety throughout the community ...

May 16, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


Farmers balk at giving up pumping info

Throughout California, water issues have remained at the center of policy makers' discussions not only at the state level, but amongst local jurisdictions.

May 16, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


New tenants to fill vacant shopping centers

After several years of abandoned shops and declined activity, two Turlock shopping centers will soon see better days as three new tenants, including a Berkeley-based outlet supermarket, make plans to improve each complex.

May 15, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


Council considers increasing their pay

Although not considered a "full-time" job, the weekly duties fulfilled by Turlock's elected officials often require many hours not only for public meetings and events, but also representing the City on other various local commissions and governmental agencies.

May 15, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


City budget reflects better times ahead

An improving economy is projected within the City of Turlock's proposed 2014-15 General Fund budget, which – despite reflecting $1 million in deficit spending – is a step towards a balanced budget in the near future.

May 14, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Council talks road tax details for upcoming vote

Following years of neglect, the poor conditions marking Turlock's roadways – such as cracked pavement, dangerous potholes and deteriorated sidewalks – could soon be a problem of the past should the City Council decide to place a long-awaited citywide transportation tax on the November ballot.

May 13, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Revised state budget to pay down debt

Reflecting the bipartisan compromises agreed upon by state legislators last week, the revised 2014-15 budget proposal includes plans to save money for the future while paying off state debt.

May 13, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Government


Hearings set for future water use

Public hearings concerning two critical water issues will take place in Modesto next week, including an evaluation of the proposed North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program, and continued discussions on the Stanislaus County Water Advisory Committee's recently proposed groundwater management framework.

May 09, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Local


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