Stanislaus County Supervisor Vito Chiesa is used to working with his fellow supervisors to make sure the needs of District 2 - which includes Turlock, Keyes, Hughson and Denair - are being fairly represented. This week, however, Chiesa is in Washington, D.C. talking with federal officials and legislators about a number of issues important to the entire San Joaquin Valley.
Along with deciding who will represent two of Turlock's new city council districts, voters will also have a choice in the Office of City Treasurer. Alex Kiehl has announced his candidacy for City of Turlock Treasurer, challenging 16-year incumbent Diana Lewis.
While rain did finally fall last winter, the economic and agricultural impact of the previous four years of drought are still being felt, especially in the Central Valley, according to a recent report by UC Davis researchers. Those impacts include the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues, over 1,800 jobs and millions of acre feet in water supply.
During an update to the Planning Commission on Thursday, Turlock Fire Marshal and Director of Neighborhood Services Mark Gomez relayed a conversation he had with the owner of the company contracted by the City of Turlock to provide abatement services. The company owner, who was coming from Fresno, said he drove through town on his way to City Hall to sign the contract and was worried he would have no work to perform as Turlock was a very clean city.
A new recreation center could be in the future for the westside of Turlock as the Turlock City Council voted to move forward with an initial study on the feasibility of repurposing the National Guard Armory building on Flower Street.
Local branches of the Stanislaus County Library have a number of activities for all ages scheduled in September including a new Mystery Lovers Book Club in Turlock and Talk Like A Pirate Day crafts in Turlock, Keyes and Denair.
For the past half century, Turlock has been home to an Army National Guard Armory but soon the National Guard will be pulling out of town leaving a 12,000 square foot building open for possible City of Turlock uses.
Turlock's recycled wastewater will soon be put to good use irrigating fields in the Del Puerto Water District as officials broke ground on Friday on the single largest recycled water conveyance project in the country and the first water project for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the owner and operator of the Delta-Mendota Canal.
Abe Rojas has been representing Turlock, Denair and Hughson students on the Yosemite Community College Board of Trustees for 20 years and he's hoping voters will choose him in November to serve another four.
The Pitman High football team has a lot more to worry about than just putting in a good performance for their season opening game on Friday, as the team now has to find a place to play it. Pitman High School Athletic Director David Walls, along with the Turlock High Athletic Director and Turlock Youth Football president, were notified on Tuesday afternoon that Joe Debely Stadium is unavailable for use until further notice due to the weakened condition of the turf.