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Candidate filing period approaches for November election

With the June Primary Election done and over with, it's now time to prepare for the November General Election where voters will be not only be making a choice for Governor, but also local government seats and ballot initiatives.

June 26, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Election


Boxes next to food warmer causes Jack in the Box fire

The night crew working at the Geer Road Jack in the Box got a chance to use what they learned in safety training on Friday night when a fire broke out in the kitchen.

June 24, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Fryer fire clears out Geer Road Jack in the Box

The night crew working at the Geer Road Jack in the Box got a chance to use what they learned in safety training on Friday night when their fryers caught on fire.

June 20, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


'Staging Beautifully' homes for sale is Kim Roberts specialty

Name of Business: Staging Beautifully

June 19, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Merced fair grows attendance, sees drop in ticket sales

More people visited the Merced County Fair this year, a 7 percent increase over 2013, however, paid attendance was down 11 percent from the previous year.

June 19, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Real estate agents get dirty to clean up

A crew of real estate agents descended on Donnelly Park Thursday morning, not because the iconic lake in the park was suddenly put on the market, but instead to give the area a good cleaning.

June 19, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


No injuries in Turlock house fire

No injuries were reported in a house fire on Porsche Strasse Wednesday evening.

June 18, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Legislature approves largest spending plan in state history

Local legislators had mixed reactions to the $108 billion budget approved by the state Legislature in an unusual Father's Day session.

June 16, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Don't wait to tell dad how you feel

Father's Day is a sad time for me. It's been almost 15 years since my dad passed away and I can't help but think about all the things I never got to tell him.

June 13, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Child falls from second story

A 3-year-old Turlock boy was rushed by air ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center Thursday night after toppling out of a second story window

June 12, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Valley lawmakers fight to keep pollution cleanup funds

Local legislators are opposing a proposal that would eliminate funds promised to help reduce pollution in the Central Valley.

June 09, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Valley to heat up this weekend

It may only be the first week in June, but the Central Valley is about to heat up fast. The National Weather Service is forecasting record-high temperatures by Sunday.

June 06, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Neighbors protest building of new Taco Bell

Despite impassioned pleas against its construction, a new Taco Bell is one step closer to being built on N. Golden State Boulevard near the Pitman High campus.

June 05, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Parade celebrates 'Country Pride'

There's no better time to put pride of country on display than the Fourth of July, and this year the Turlock Downtown Property Owners and Turlock Chamber of Commerce are hoping to see lots of "Country Pride" in the annual holiday parade.

June 05, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Electoral districts: Public picks Plan A

The Turlock City Council will consider two big issues at Tuesday's post holiday meeting - the City's road tax initiative and electoral district boundaries.

May 23, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


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Articles By Author - Kristina Hacker


Fair draws more visitors in 2014

The Stanislaus County Fair saw a banner year for its 2014 run, bringing in more visitors and more money for youth livestock exhibitors at Fair auctions.

July 24, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Kids learn about salmon at the fair

Sawyer Wilson, 3, and his sister Emily Wilson, 5, were just two of the many children who learned about the lifecycle of the salmon while making paint prints at the Stanislaus County Fair on Friday. Patrick Cuthbert of Fishbio helped the siblings with their craft project as part of a booth featuring the Salmonids in the Classroom program, a kindergarten through 12th grade program run through the Turlock Irrigation District and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

July 18, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Baking not my forte

My fondest olfactory memories of childhood are of when my mom would bake cinnamon and sugar stuffed apples - yum! So when local chiropractor Dave Dubyak called me with a desperate need for apple pie contest entries, I decided it was time for my own house to be filled with the mouth-watering smells of cooked apples and my most favorite spice, cinnamon.

July 18, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Candidates talk new water fines, state control of resources at public forum

Water resources and the best way to manage them brought out the most impassioned responses from local State Assembly and Senate candidates at a debate held at California State University, Stanislaus on Wednesday.

July 17, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Raise a glass for a good cause

Buying a margarita from the Active 20-30 Club booth at the Stanislaus County Fair offers customers more than just a cold and delicious treat. The profits from the fair booth help the club give back to the community in a variety of ways, with their biggest project a Christmas shopping trip for underprivileged children.

July 17, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Study highlights drought's severe impact on ag, economy

"Pray for Rain" signs are a common sight on the country roads in Turlock and around the region, a visual reminder of local farmers' fears about the continued lack of precipitation. Although many are aware that California is in the midst of a drought - the third most severe on record - the consequences have not yet been fully realized here locally. A new report from the University of California, Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, however, paints a gruesome picture that cannot be ignored.

July 17, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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