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Foster Farms one of few certified humane producers in country

Family-owned Foster Farms proved it's not "chicken" to be the first large scale poultry producer in the West to have its products overlooked by the American Humane Association. In fact, Foster Farms is at the forefront of maintaining animal welfare through their recent partnership, which includes supplying additional funding for organizations handling animals humanely.

March 12, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Local


Turlock could be stop on new commuter rail system

Whoever came up with the phrase "out with the old and in with the new" never thought of recycling their resources. Fortunately, the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission is developing plans to do just that and could potentially utilize land recently purchased for Turlock's Regional Transit Center and other resources to implement a commuter rail service connecting Modesto, Turlock and Merced to the Bay Area.

March 08, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Local


Main Street freeway sign sparks Planning debate

Main Street businesses are hoping to attract more traffic - and customers - off Hwy. 99 with a new multi-tenant freeway sign, but Turlock Planning commissioners are wary of putting up such a large structure.

March 08, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Government


Finding jobs for vets goal of Congressional caucus

In an attempt to give support to those who paid their due for the country, Congressman Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) launched the Congressional Veterans Job Caucus for the 113th Congress last Wednesday to promote career opportunities for unemployed veterans.

March 05, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Government


Valley residents take advantage of spring-like weather

Spring is here; or at least that is what it felt like for the past week. Although the official start of spring is still two weeks away, most Central Valley residents wouldn't know the difference due to dry conditions and warm temperatures.

March 05, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Local


Sky’s the limit for Turlock Airport

Recent economic growth isn't just a boom for business, it's also increasing traffic in - and above -Turlock. The Turlock Municipal Airport has been kept busy as of late, with dozens of planes keeping its lone runway occupied.

March 05, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Local


Local Catholics shocked, saddened at Pope's resignation

When Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation on the morning of Feb. 11, members of the Catholic Church throughout the world experienced a wave of fear, shock, concern, and sadness.

March 05, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Local


Caseri to retire from Ag Commission

As a young boy living in Stanislaus County, Gary Caseri grew familiar with the vast agricultural region, eventually shaping a 36 year career path dedicated to helping growers, animals, and the environment throughout three California counties.

March 01, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Local


Read Across America

Students of Cunningham Elementary School were nothing short of ambitious after attending their annual Read Across America assembly, a nod to the nation's largest reading celebration in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday.

March 01, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Education


Olsen bill focuses on teacher assessment

Assembly member Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) recently introduced Assembly Bill 430, known as the Teacher Professional Growth Plan (TPGP), a program that is designed to revise the current Stull Act by allowing teachers to implement their own plans for professional growth throughout the school year.

February 26, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Government


Dry winter brings bad news for growers

The 2013 irrigation season is off to a rough start, with only a 30 inch cap available for local growers due to recent drought conditions. The Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors approved the 30 inch cap - 10 inches less than last year - at Tuesday's meeting, along with the season schedule set for March 7 to Oct. 9 this year.

February 26, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Local


Disease, drought, theft making dent in local bee colonies

A shortage of honey bees continues to be reported throughout the United States, creating a significant threat to the world's food production and almond crop industry in Turlock.

February 26, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Local


Global demand for pistachios reaches record high

Pistachio production is expected to reach record breaking numbers in the state as California growers seek to appease demands set for American pistachios in China and Europe.

February 26, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Local


TID: Making growth possible

Nearly 125 years ago, one of the most unique and productive features about Turlock today was once lost in an unfruitful wasteland of desolation. Agricultural production once ran scarce, and wouldn't have been brought to life without the visionary talents and dedication of those who founded the Turlock Irrigation District in 1887.

February 26, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Pride 2013


Turlock Recreation strengthens community ties through expansion

In recent years, the Turlock Recreation Department has significantly grown in size and function, thanks to additional scholarship programs, after school programs, and adult services.

February 26, 2013 | Brooke Borba | Pride 2013


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