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Turlockers traverse Half Dome, learn a thing or two about brotherhood

Half Dome, an icon of Yosemite National Park, is also a rite of passage for many Central Valley residents. The 14- to 16-mile round-trip hike to Half Dome from Yosemite Valley - rising to an elevation of 4,800 feet - is a siren call to outdoorsmen, nature lovers and those who seek adventure in any form.

September 09, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Lifestyle


Gripping mountain tales abound in ‘Yosemite Epics’

"And so there I was, exhausted on the last pitch in complete darkness. We didn't have headlamps, of course. It was really hard to see where to go or how to place any gear. I had to feel by hand the shape of the crack…When I could use protection, the placements were so bad that I considered them pieces of decoration rather than security.

September 09, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Lifestyle


Local children get a lesson in American history

Schools around the area took time to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001 on Friday - while trying to explain its meaning to children, many of whom were born after the terrorist attacks.

September 09, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Education


Guitar lessons important part of education, says local father

Sacred Heart second graders Matthew and Nicolette Badal were excited that it was Thursday. On Thursdays the brother and sister get to go to the little purple house on Main Street and do one of their favorite activities - play the guitar.

September 06, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Music


City comes together to welcome visitors — and their economic impact

While communities across the state continue to struggle with the economic recession, there have been small gains in a few industries, among them tourism. In Turlock, businesses and organizations are coming together to compete for those tourism dollars.

September 02, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


TUSD makes gains in test scores

The Turlock Unified School District saw another year of growth in test scores, as the newest Accountability Progress Report was released by the state on Wednesday.

September 02, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Education


Turlock High puts learning on fast track

During the morning announcements on Friday, Turlock High principal Dana Trevethan read the answers submitted by students to Thursday's "Question of the Day."

September 02, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Education


Our spirit endures

I remember the day clearly. My husband was getting ready for his 7 a.m. work shift while I stayed in bed drifting in and out of wakefulness. I suddenly became aware that he had stopped getting dressed and was just standing quietly.

August 30, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


EDUCATION: PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Turlock Unified School District recently released the names of students who scored perfect 600s on their California Standards Tests in the 2010-2011 academic year. TUSD had 132 students who got a perfect score on at least one subject and seven students who reached perfection in more than one subject testing area. The CSTs include testing for general math, English-language arts, geometry, algebra 1, algebra 2, summative high school math, integrated high school math, history-social science, science, biology, chemistry, Earth science and physics. (Test areas vary by grade level.)

August 30, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Education


California reaches new high in farm revenues for 2010

Not only was 2010 a banner year for Stanislaus County agriculture - with a farm gate increase of $260 million for an all-time record total income of nearly $2.57 billion - but the entire state also saw new highs in agricultural income.

August 30, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Local painters seek charity project nominations

Perhaps you know someone who is struggling due to medical or financial problems. Or maybe you know of a non-profit who could use a paint job. Turlock's Lancaster Painting wants to know about that person, family or business. For the second year in a row, Lancaster Painting is donating its expertise for a community service program - Paint it Forward.

August 26, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Cold, wet winter effects local honey production

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported record high honey prices and a 20 percent increase in honey production across the country for 2010, however, at least one local beekeeper is finding 2011 a tougher year.

August 26, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Farm workers march through town, rally for change

Shouts of "Si se puede!" could be heard along El Capitan Way in Delhi Friday as a group of 20 to 30 United Farm Workers supporters marched through town and to that day's lunch spot, Iglesia de la Cruz (Church of the Cross). The marchers took a much-needed rest and refueled to continue their journey north.

August 26, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Federal grant to help local dairies with conservation efforts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded $1,150,000 in Conservation Innovation Grants to the Western United Dairymen and Fiscalini Farms to implement new programs and purchase equipment. The grant is an effort to help agricultural businesses adopt new technologies to comply with federal, state, and local environmental regulations and address important natural resource concerns facing the industry.

August 23, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Waiting for the heroes

Have you ever watched a horror movie and wondered why the townspeople never decide to just get out of dodge before the monsters arrive at their doorsteps? I have.

August 23, 2011 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


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Police seek identity of robbery suspect

The Turlock Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in identifying a man who robbed an ATM customer by gunpoint.

February 11, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Crime


Council begins budget planning with midyear review

The Turlock City Council received some good news on Tuesday, namely that revenue from both property taxes and sales taxes was higher than expected mid-way ...

February 09, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Bus riders offer input on proposed Turlock transit changes

The Bus Line Service of Turlock is Judith Stanford's primary source of transportation. She rides the bus from her southeast Turlock home to her ...

February 05, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


Longtime Turlock lumber yard closes its doors after 48 years

Turlock's last remaining lumber company closed its doors, as Valley Distributors is no longer in business.

February 04, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Local


City manager search reaches final stages

The City of Turlock will soon have a new chief administrator, as the City Council is expected to select a candidate by mid-February.

February 04, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


City seeks input on bus route changes

Turlock's bus system is in need of improvements. An October 2015 survey found that Bus Line Service of Turlock (BLAST) riders want later service ...

February 02, 2016 | Kristina Hacker | Government


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