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Bishop leads cycling tour through Valley to raise awareness of human trafficking

David Rice, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, and his cycling team are on a mission: to raise awareness and funds for local groups working to end human trafficking.

October 16, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local

City manager announces retirement

Turlock City Manager Roy Wasden announced Wednesday that after more than six years of running the City of Turlock and more than 40 years of public service, he plans to retire by the end of the year.

October 15, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government

Council approves garbage rate hike

The Turlock City Council approved an increase in solid waste fees Tuesday night, after the City failed to receive the required 9,119 formal protests needed to prevent the fee hike from moving forward.

October 13, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government

Residents have until Tuesday's public hearing to protest garbage fee hike

The City of Turlock has received 409 letters as of Thursday protesting a proposed solid waste rate increase, far fewer than the 9,119 formal protests needed to prevent the City Council from moving forward with the fee hike. However, residents have until the end of the scheduled public hearing of the solid waste fee increase, set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, to file a complaint.

October 09, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government

Undead invade the rails on Zombie Train

Bad news: There's been an outbreak of the zombie virus and all of society is breaking down as people struggle to survive in the new post-apocalyptic world. The good news is you've secured a seat on a train that is staffed by soldiers, a zombie tracker, a gamer turned zombie expert and a doctor working on a cure for the virus. And thus your journey on the Zombie Train begins.

October 08, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local

Turlock affordable housing project honored by SJ Valley regional council

Since its grand opening a year and half ago, the Avena Bella housing complex on Linwood Avenue has become home to dozens of families, many of whom were struggling to find affordable housing in Turlock. The Mediterranean-style sustainably built apartment complex has been lauded by residents for providing a safe and family-friendly atmosphere, with amenities such as a community center, playground, technology lounge and swimming pool.

October 08, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government

Merced County resident hospitalized with West Nile Virus

The Merced County Department of Public Health reported on Monday the county's first confirmed human case of West Nile Virus. According to the public health department, the person who tested positive for WNV was hospitalized but has since been released and is expected to recover.

October 06, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


The Turlock Journal is challenging local businesses, nonprofit organizations, church groups, service clubs and families to purchase the Turlock Fire Fighters' benefit pink T-shirts for cancer research and awareness and wear them during the month of October. T-shirts can be purchased at or at the Turlock Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings and Crivelli's Shirts and More, both in downtown Turlock, and the gift shop at Emanuel Medical Center.

October 02, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local

October library events could cause 'Goosebumps'

Local libraries will embrace all things spooky this October, from monster bookmarks to Goosebumps-related crafts and even one Spooktacular Halloween Celebration.

October 01, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local

Young Eagles fly Turlock skies

When Seth Boice heard of the Young Eagles event at the Turlock Municipal Airport, he was excited. The Hughson 7th grader had always wanted to see the inside of an airplane, and on Saturday he not only learned what all the buttons and knobs in a single engine aircraft do, he was able to soar above the skies of Turlock.

September 29, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local

City adopts new Traffic Calming Program

Pieter Hoex described to the Turlock City Council on Tuesday the traffic in front of his home near the Pitman High School campus as being like a daily "speedway," with drivers traveling at a high rate of speed through his residential neighborhood. After conveying the frequency that he sees hazardous driving on his street, he had one request of the City of Turlock: "I'd like to get a couple of speed bumps in there, the higher the better."

September 26, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government

Contract review finds Chamber never submitted tourism financial reports to City

An external review of the public funds spent by the Turlock Chamber of Commerce to promote tourism on behalf of the City of Turlock was presented to the City Council in a special meeting on Thursday, a process the Council undertook in an effort to close out a long-standing contract between the Chamber and the City of Turlock.

September 24, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government

Neighbors protest proposed slaughterhouse on Dianne Drive

Residents along Dianne Drive are getting used to sharing their once country road with companies drawn to Turlock's Enterprise Zone just west of Highway 99, like SupHerb Farms and Dust Bowl Brewing Company, which is currently constructing a new 30,000 square-foot facility.

September 24, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local

Turlock cyclists rejoice as Council adopts Active Transportation Plan

As Turlock's legislative body, the members of the City Council regularly vote on policies that affect the city and its citizenry. On Tuesday, the Council got a glimpse of how their votes truly impact the community when a group of cycling enthusiasts, donned in matching 'Bike Turlock' shirts, showed their support for the City Council adopting the Active Transportation Plan with multiple rounds of applause.

September 22, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government

Tourism bureau audit finds over $300K in misused or undocumented funds

The City of Turlock's investigation into how the Turlock Chamber of Commerce used public funds it received while operating the Convention and Visitors Bureau will continue on Thursday as the City Council is scheduled to receive an external audit report by Kemper CPA Group.

September 21, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government

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Articles By Author - Kristina Hacker

Fire erupts at Starr apartment complex, again

For the second time in five days, emergency crews were called to a Turlock apartment complex due to fire.

November 25, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local

'Grandma's House' wins top prize in gingerbread house contest

Who better to win the Festival of Lights inaugural Gingerbread House Contest than a self-professed "sweet tooth?" Turlocker Kimberly Helm put her love of all ...

November 25, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local

Volunteers feed the hungry, comfort the lonely

The milk of human kindness is easy to find this time of year as individuals join together to provide for the lonely and less fortunate ...

November 24, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local

Consumers, stores prepare for busiest shopping days of the year

As families prepare to sit down to a Thanksgiving feast, many will also be browsing through advertisements seeking the best deals on everything from electronics ...

November 24, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local

Rotarians promote literacy with dictionary donations

The Turlock Sunrise Rotary Club is hoping to pass along a love of words to local youth by giving every third grade student their very ...

November 19, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local

State recovering from recession

The State of California is expected to see billions in surplus revenues in 2016-17, according to a recent report released by the Legislative Analyst's ...

November 19, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government

Modesto leaves Stanislaus Regional Water Authority

The Cities of Turlock and Ceres will move forward with a project to build a surface water treatment plant, despite the third partner in the ...

November 17, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Government

Event to honor two Turlock leaders

Individuals who through their leadership inspire others to take pride in their community are not always recognized for the work that they do. The Latino ...

November 17, 2015 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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